How Does a Reverse Osmosis System Work?

While there are many ways to filter the water that enters your home, a reverse osmosis system is one of the most popular.

Reverse osmosis is a simple water filtration process in which water pressure pushes tap water through a membrane to remove impurities. This helps remove dissolved inorganic solids from the water, thus making it safer to use.

Here are some (but not all) of the many impurities that can be removed from your water through a reverse osmosis system:

  • Lead
  • Salt
  • Fluoride
  • Detergents
  • Pesticides
  • Sulfates
  • Nitrates
  • Chlorine

Is the Membrane Enough?

While the reverse osmosis membrane is successful in removing impurities, most reverse osmosis systems will have a carbon/sediment pre-filter before the membrane. This will protect the membrane from chlorine or other contaminants, which can damage the membrane over time. The membrane is followed by another carbon filter, which acts as a polishing filter, to clean up any taste or odor in the water.

The Basic Components

There are many types of reverse osmosis systems on the market, and most of them share the same basic features.

In most homes, a reverse osmosis system is installed under the kitchen sink.

  • Pre-filter
  • Reverse osmosis membrane
  • Post-filter
  • Automatic shut-off valve (Leak Detector)
  • Storage tank
  • Faucet
  • Drain

Although it appears to be a lot of components, they’re all included with the reverse osmosis system you choose.

If you’re interested in learning more about reverse osmosis systems, contact us at your earliest convenience. We can answer your questions, provide feedback on the best systems, and help you decide what to do next.

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