When it comes to home water filtration, one of the most popular forms has been reverse osmosis ever since its beginnings in 1977 and for good reason. Reverse osmosis is a system with minimal upkeep that helps to rid water of various contaminants as well as discoloration and odors that are typically found in common household tap water.
How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?
In order to fully understand reverse osmosis, it is important to understand osmosis which is a natural process by which water moves from an area of low concentration to an area of high concentration through a semipermeable membrane. If for example you made a balloon out of a semipermeable membrane, filled it with water and dropped it into a tank of fresh water, the balloon would be at risk of popping as water rushed in from the tank into the balloon. Reverse osmosis creates the opposite effect by creating pressure and pushing water through a membrane while leaving behind the materials dissolved inside of it.
Most reverse osmosis filtration systems consist of three key components:
Sediment Filter: This is an important piece of the reverse osmosis filtration process as it removes large salts, sand, sediment and dirt that could damage the reverse osmosis membrane if they were allowed to reach that stage of the process.
Carbon Filter: After water runs through the sediment filter it then reaches the carbon filter which helps to remove chemicals such as chlorine that could also damage the reverse osmosis membrane. This stage also vastly improves the taste and smell of your water.
Reverse Osmosis Membrane: The semipermeable membrane is the most important part of the filtration process as it allows water to pass through without carrying other contaminants that may be dissolved inside of it.
The result is clean, great tasting water that is odorless and ideal for drinking, cooking or bathing.
Upkeep and Maintenance for Your Reverse Osmosis System
Apart from the high quality water it delivers, another major benefit of the reverse osmosis system is the minimal upkeep and maintenance associated with the filtration system.
Depending on the usage of your system, a reverse osmosis system will need to have its filters replaced every 6 months to one year.
In addition the system will use some electricity to run so the results will be felt on the electric bill but the cost is vastly offset by savings from no longer needing to purchase drinking water and getting it straight from the tap.
Aqua Life Water Solutions also suggests that reverse osmosis systems be sanitized once a year in order to ensure that your water is as clean as possible when it is used.
Reverse Osmosis Systems in Austin TX and the Surrounding Area
Central Texas residents can now take advantage of reverse osmosis home water filtration systems through Aqua Life Water Solutions. Our state of the art reverse osmosis systems offer a great variety of benefits to our customers. Without proper filtering, all tap water will have some amount of contaminants. If you would like to find out more about our reverse osmosis home water systems contact us today by scheduling a free water test. We service all of Central Texas including Cedar Park, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Pflugerville, Buda, Leander, and more.