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A reverse osmosis system is a device that forces water through a semi-permeable membrane. This membrane has pores that allow water to pass through but are too big for contaminants to pass by. The contaminants will be flushed down the drain, and the clean water is collected in a storage tank.
Typically, reverse osmosis systems are installed under the sink but they can be installed in a basement or outside if you want RO water at every faucet in your home.
An RO system is able to remove 99% of contaminants producing water that is perfect for drinking. Below is a list of contaminants that an RO system is able to filter out.
- Fluoride? Yes.
- Salt? Yes.
- Sediment? Yes.
- Chlorine? Yes.
- Arsenic? Yes.
- VOCs? Yes.
- Herbicides and pesticides? Yes.
- Other contaminants? Yes. The contaminants listed are some of the most popular ones treated with an RO system, but the system also removes many other contaminants.
- Bacteria and Viruses? No. Water entering your RO system should already be microbiologically safe. Reverse osmosis may remove some bacteria, but bacteria could grow on the RO membrane and potentially enter your water supply. To remove viruses, we recommend UV disinfection.
Below you will find helpful reverse osmosis system tips that will help you understand the problems you will face with contaminants in your water.
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The Definitive Guide To Reverse Osmosis System Repair And Troubleshooting
Typically, it is really simple to troubleshoot the most common problems that people have with their RO system. With the help of our reverse osmosis system repair guide, you will have of all the resources you need for a trouble-free reverse osmosis system repair.
The Definitive Guide To Reverse Osmosis System Installation – Learn How to Size, Place & Install Your System
Below you will find the steps you need to take to install your reverse osmosis system. The individual steps may vary from product to product and depends on your plumbing setup. Therefore, the following step by step installation is given as a general approach. It's time to learn how you can hook up your new reverse osmosis system the correct way. With a little preparation and the necessary tools, you don't have to hire a professional plumber to install it the right way.
The Definitive Guide To Reverse Osmosis System Maintenance – Learn How to Drain, Clean & Service Your System
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How Does Reverse Osmosis Work
Reverse osmosis occurs when pressure is applied to the solute with a high concentration of contaminants. For example, when pressure is applied to a volume of salt water, the salt is left behind when the water passes to the other side of the membrane.