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Reverse osmosis water filtration systems are rapidly growing as a popular option for homeowners to enjoy fresh, clean water with the added benefit of natural minerals that aren’t lost in the filtration process. While straight charcoal filters that attach to faucets help eliminate chlorine taste and smell, various particles, and sediment, reverse osmosis systems feature a partially permeable membrane that eliminates larger particles and higher amounts of contaminants when it comes in contact with pressurized water, resulting in even cleaner water than what you get with standard filters.
How RO Systems Work
Reverse osmosis systems utilize pressure to push tap water through a membrane that is semi-permeable, which makes it able to trap impurities such as chlorine, fluoride, lead, pesticides, nitrites, sulfates, detergents, and other particles. When these elements are trapped within the membrane, the result is clean, fresh water with a crisp taste and smooth consistency.
Basic RO System Components
A reverse osmosis water filtration system consists of several components that attach to your home’s cold water supply line. The systems are highly intricate, so it’s always a good idea to enlist the assistance of a professional Fort Worth, TX plumber to help with installation to ensure everything is up and running correctly.
A cold water line valve fits over your home’s cold water supply line, and the valve is fitted with a tube that attaches to one side of the reverse osmosis pre-filter. When cold water runs through the line, it is first filtered by the pre-filter, removing sand silt, dirt, and sediment. Once the water is pre-filtered, it travels to the membrane that removes additional contaminants.
Once the water filters through the membrane, it flows into a high-pressure tank. The tank fills to capacity and automatically stops additional water flow until it is emptied. When you turn on the faucet or shower, the water leaves the tank and makes a final stop at a post-filter where odors and tastes are removed.
A flow restrictor ensures the water flows at an optimal rate to ensure the highest quality taste and texture, and the restrictor also helps keep the water pressurized. Each tank holds up to 4 gallons of water for a lasting supply, and each system utilizes its own faucet attachment, which is most often attached to kitchen sinks.
Benefits of a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
In addition to improved taste and better clarity, water treated with reverse osmosis is safe for consumption, cooking, cleaning, and bathing, and studies show that reverse osmosis water may also benefit individuals with health afflictions such as high blood pressure and nerve damage. Reverse osmosis water has been shown to have fewer contaminants that filtered or tap water, and drinking it may also help prevent medical afflictions such as anemia. Water treated with this process is also free of parasites that can also pose hazards to your health. While the osmosis process eliminates unwanted elements, it preserves certain natural minerals that are beneficial to health and wellness.
Installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system with the assistance of a professional Fort Worth, TX plumber is also a cost-effective choice that can help you save money in the long run, as it eliminates the need to purchase bottled water, allowing for high savings of pennies on the gallon.
A reverse osmosis water filtration system is also very easy to maintain. Both pre and post filters only require replacement every six to 12 months, and the RO membranes are good for up to three years before needing replacement. A home reverse osmosis water filtration system does not utilize electricity, so you don’t have to worry about higher electric costs if you decide to implement a system in your home. Larger systems do require electric pumps; however, the electricity costs are very low. In most cases, a reverse osmosis water filtration system can last between 10 and 15 years, with proper maintenance, so the investment pays for itself.
Types of RO Filtration Systems
While the most commonly utilized reverse osmosis water filtration system is the whole house model that works with the home’s cold water line, there are additional options to suit your particular needs. Countertop systems do not require installation and work by purifying tap water after it is poured into the system’s reservoir. Under-sink reverse osmosis systems feature integrated filters, and they are also available in tankless options to save space. These models attach to the pipes beneath the kitchen sink.
If you’re unsure about which system to choose, you may want to start by scheduling a consultation with a professional plumber, who can perform tests on your water to determine what types of chemicals and contaminants are present. If testing shows high levels of contaminants such as lead or calcium, your home may benefit from a whole house system to ensure fresh and healthy water for both consumption and bathing. If testing shows your water is free of contaminants but you would still like to improve the taste or save money on bottled water, a countertop or undercounter model may be an ideal option. If you’re still undecided, your plumber can also advise on the best system to match your needs and budget.
If you’re ready to get started with the installation of a reverse osmosis water filtration system, give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call, or send them a message via their website. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is family-owned and operated, and they provide service seven days a week to meet your scheduling needs. For plumbing assistance in Fort Worth, call 817-983-7876, and if you are located in Arlington, TX, call 817-478-4119. The plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are fully licensed and certified to ensure professional service.