You have likely heard the term “reverse osmosis” many times as you research the water filtration options for your home. But, what does it mean and will reverse osmosis provide the necessary level of protection you need for your home’s drinking water supply?
It’s important that you not only determine if your home needs a reverse osmosis system but that you have a technician willing to outline the cost benefits of each type of system on the market. At Boulden Brothers, we regularly help people living in the greater Wilmington & Dover, DE area make the right decision about their water filtration systems. Whether you are just starting to research your options or you’re ready to start a full installation, call us today to learn more about our services.
How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?
Osmosis is the process of molecules and ions passing through a membrane wall. It is the most advanced form of filtration on the planet and occurs naturally in everything from plants to the cells that make up our bodies.
But how does it work in your water filtration system? To start with, a reverse osmosis system needs two separate pressure systems. One side of a semi–permeable barrier will have higher pressure than the other, usually because of the debris and salts in the unfiltered water. When the liquid passes through the barrier into the lower pressure chamber, the debris, chemicals and salts are left behind. This is because water is a much more easily transferred molecule than almost anything else. It is smaller and it is simpler.
The reason a reverse osmosis filtration system is so expensive is that it takes a lot of pressure to reverse the natural osmosis process above. Because the pure water wants to flow into the impure water, pressure must be applied to reverse the process and as a result, create perfectly pure water. It requires not only energy but a series of finely crafted filters.
Choosing a Reverse Osmosis System for Your Home
In most instances, a standard water filter can provide similar results to a reverse osmosis system. But for the smallest particulates and salts, only the semi–permeable membrane filter inside a RO system will be effective. If you have a water softener installed in your home to cut down on how hard the water supply is, a reverse osmosis systems is a must because softened water adds salts that are not good for you.
Excess sodium in your drinking water can create an osmotic reaction in your own body, leading to dehydration and other health issues. For this reason, you need to remove the salt and reverse osmosis is the only sure way.
Reverse Osmosis Installation
Reverse Osmosis Systems can be expensive if you rely solely on the word of a salesman or a website trying to sell you the largest, most complex system. However, when you call Boulden you will receive honest advice from one of our water filtration experts. We have worked with Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area residents for years to provide reverse osmosis system installation, service and repair.
When we visit your home, we’ll provide information on labs available for water testing to determine what particles and chemicals are in your drinking water. We can then check for water softeners and whether or not you need a system advanced enough to remove those salts or if a simpler, kitchen based water filter would be sufficient for your home.
The last thing you need to worry about is the drinking water in your home. Call us today to make sure it is safe and clean, and will continue to be for years to come.