Wondering if installing a reverse osmosis system is a good choice for you and your family? Here’s what you need to know about how it works and what it removes from your water so you can make your decision.
How does a Reverse Osmosis System Work?
A reverse osmosis system (or RO system) works by using, you guessed it, reverse osmosis. It may sound complicated, but it’s a simple process that occurs in nature. Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that uses a semipermeable membrane to separate unwanted and larger particles from drinking water.
In a reverse osmosis system, the water first goes through one or a few prefilters to remove sediment, large particles, chlorine, and other contaminants. Then it enters the semipermeable membrane to clean it even further. After the water exits the RO membrane, it passes through one last filter to polish the water before entering a faucet (or storage tank).
What Does it Remove?
The reverse osmosis system removes many things from your water, improving its taste and making it safer to drink. It will remove sediment, bad tastes and odors, lead, chlorine, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. If that isn’t enough for you, it also removes nitrates, perchlorate, arsenic, and hexavalent chromium. These chemical contaminants can pose serious risks to you and your family and can cause birth defects, harm to children’s brain development, impair their growth, and have an impact on immune systems.
Is Reverse Osmosis Water Good for You?
In short – yes.
Reverse osmosis water is good for you because it removes dissolved contaminants that you can’t see but could make you sick. It also helps your kidneys out by filtering the water before it enters the body. A reverse osmosis system can remove beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium from the water. But don’t worry, you can add on a re-mineralization filter to add them back in beneficial amounts.
Another reason RO water is good for you is it can help you stop stocking up on bottled water! You won’t need to keep buying bottled water because the taste of your tap isn’t up to par. That means saving you money on buying cases of water for you and your family and saving your family’s health as the plastic in water bottles contain chemicals that can leach into the water.
So…is a RO System a Good Choice?
We think so! Not only will it remove pollutants, but you’ll be left with clean, delicious water on demand. That means contaminant-free water for drinking bottles on the go, flavorful soups and sauces, and cleanly rinsed fruits and veggies.
If you’re looking to install a reverse osmosis system in your home, Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical is ready to help! Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and dedicated to giving you the highest level of service. While headquartered in North Phoenix, we proudly service the entire North Valley area and are ready to help you with your plumbing needs!