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Putting the Power of Reverse Osmosis to Work for Your Home’s Water

water-treatment-system-under-sinkToday’s homeowners are more concerned than ever about the quality of the water entering their homes. Even though water from the municipal system goes through extensive treatment, the water can still pick up contaminants as it moves through the pipes on the way to homes. Aging pipes can place chemicals in the water, and various pollutants seeping through the groundwater can also lead to water contamination. The water treatment process can also add an excess of unwanted chemicals, such as chlorine. 

What can you do to protect your household from potentially harmful contaminants in the water supply? Simple water filtration pitchers aren’t extensive enough, and point-of-use filters will still leave many gaps. We recommend looking into several whole-house water treat systems. One type that we’ve installed in many homes, and which might be ideal for your house, is the reverse osmosis system.

How Reverse Osmosis Systems Work

A reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment system is a type of powerful filter that removes much smaller pollutants from water than many standard filters, such as activated carbon filters. This type of water treatment system works on a simple principle: osmosis, the movement of water from an area of high pressure to an area of lower pressure. 

Here’s the lowdown. An RO system installed into the main water line for a home has two compartments: the municipal water side and the house side. Between the two is a semi-permeable membrane, which works as an extremely fine filter. Water won’t naturally flow through this membrane—it needs to be forced. The RO system places the water in the municipal side under high pressure. This causes the water to flow through the membrane to reach the lower-pressure side and create equilibrium. As the water moves through the membrane, the membrane removes a wide range of pollutants, both large and small, from the water to clean and purify it. 

Pollutants an RO System Can Affect

One of the big benefits of using a reverse osmosis system is that it helps with many types of water quality issues. No filtration or purification system has such a wide effect. An RO system can remove:

  • Salt
  • Heavy metals such as lead and iron
  • Hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium
  • Harmful chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine

The removal of salt makes an RO system an ideal pairing with many water softeners, which add salt to the water to soften it, but may add too much. 

One water quality issue an RO system has little effect on is Ph levels. If you have water that has high acidity or alkalinity, you’ll need an additional water treatment system to help with that. 

Finding the Right Water Treatment System

RO systems aren’t right for all homes, and in some cases they must work in tandem with another system for the best results. Finding the best way to clean, purify, and condition your home’s water doesn’t have to be difficult: we can help you find the best options when it comes to water treatment in Las Vegas, NV.

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