Worried about contaminants in your drinking water? You never know what kinds of bacteria, chemicals, waste particles and other undesirables are coming out of your faucet. Reverse osmosis is one option that can give you the taste of clean, fresh water in your home. Save money by avoiding bottled water and enjoy the fresh water straight from your tap.
Down to the Micron
Reserve osmosis systems consist of a series of tubes and filters that work to cleanse your water of nearly all types of impurities. The result is a drink that looks better, smells better, tastes better, and best of all, is better for you.
The system is actually quite simple. Water flows into the reverse osmosis equipment, gets filtered through a membrane, and the clean water continues on to your faucet while contaminants are sent down the drain. It's the same technology used to turn salt water from the ocean into potable drinking water.
A typical membrane will remove anything larger than .001 microns, and some go even smaller. For comparison, that's small enough to filter out a single blood cell or even a bacteria or virus. Most conventional filters only work for particles that are more or less visible to the naked eye, while reverse osmosis keeps you safe from contaminants that are much, much smaller.
Tired of Bottled Water?
Reserve osmosis systems usually go under your sink and filter your water on its way to the faucet. The filtering process can be quite slow, preparing somewhere between half a gallon and 3 gallons of water per hour, depending on the model. Systems come equipped with a storage tank so that clean water is ready when you need it.
Once you have a system installed, the only regular maintenance it needs is replacing the filter periodically. The exact time frame varies, but most are equipped to handle somewhere between 1500 and 5000 gallons of water in their lifespan. That could cover several years’ worth of drinking water, depending on how frequently you run your kitchen faucet.
The specific reverse osmosis system that will work for you depends on your water pressure, temperature and how quickly you need it to process. To learn more about how reverse osmosis works, and for help installing a module on your sink, contact a professional plumber.
The experts at local Benjamin Franklin® are always here to help. Give us a call for information and advice on water filtration and conditioning options for your home.