How Do Reverse Osmosis Water Purifiers Work?

The water that comes out of your faucets in Dallas comes from reservoirs all over. Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Grapevine, Lake Tawakoni, and many more sources all supply our water. City municipalities gather that water, treat it, and send it on to you. Dallas water meets the EPA’s guidelines for drinkability, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily ideal. Dallas has its fair share of old homes and buildings… and old homes and buildings have old pipes. The older a pipe, the more likely it is to corrode, break, or contain microplastics and minerals.

Some homeowners avoid tap water by drinking bottled water. Some use in-fridge filters. These options are quick fixes, but they only address the water you drink. If you’re looking for a better option, then you should consider reverse osmosis water purification. Here’s everything you should know about the process and how it could help you:

What is reverse osmosis?

Reverse osmosis filtration is a process that removes contaminants like minerals, microplastics, and other particulates from unfiltered water. Osmosis is a process by which molecules pass through a membrane from a less-concentrated solution to a more concentrated solution. Reverse osmosis is that same process… but backwards.

How do reverse osmosis water purifiers work?

Reverse osmosis water filtration applies reverse osmosis process and applies it to water. First, installers affix a water purifier to your home’s main water holding tank. The purifier looks like three tubular canisters connected at their tops. One of these canisters is the aforementioned membrane. The other two are carbon filters.

During the filtration process, the system guides water through three steps. First, there’s pre-filtration. Water runs through the first canister, which contains a carbon filter. The carbon filter sorts out the big stuff like large sediment deposits, solids, and chlorine.

The second canister contains the membrane. The system applies pressure to the water to force it through this membrane. The membrane allows water to pass through it but removes all kinds of other molecules. Reverse osmosis membranes can separate out lead, arsenic, copper, radium, barium, glucose, bacteria, urea, viruses, and more.

The third canister has another carbon filter where the water is filtered one more time. After the third filtration, the system finally allows the water to pass through to your home’s faucets and fixtures.

What are the benefits of a reverse osmosis water purifier?

There are quite a few benefits to installing this water filtration system in your home. These are a few of the biggest ones:

They remove sodium from your water.

Reverse osmosis water purifiers are the only kind of filtration system that can remove sodium from your water. Water softeners, for example, only remove minerals from water. In fact, they often add sodium to your water to accomplish their tasks. Removing sodium from tap water will help lower your risk of related health problems like high blood pressure.

They’re easy to maintain.

Reverse osmosis systems don’t take a lot of regular maintenance to keep working. Filter changes happen every six months or so, but otherwise, they’re fully autonomous.

They don’t take up much space.

Reverse osmosis water purifiers are smaller than comparable filtration systems. Manufacturers also build them in a variety of different sizes, so you can purchase one that best suits your needs.

They make your water taste and feel better.

This is probably a reverse osmosis water purifier’s single biggest benefit. Reverse osmosis filtration is the most thorough type of water filtration available on the market today. You won’t get better tasting, fresher water anywhere else. Water without minerals and other contaminants are better on your skin and hair as well.

If you’re interested in installing a water filtration device, give the team at Ben Franklin Plumbing a call. We’ll help you find the best solution for your exact needs and get things done quickly, safely, and professionally.