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Having fresh, clean water in your Bradenton, Florida, home is for the health and comfort of your family. A reverse osmosis system is designed to purify your home’s water and remove unwanted contaminants. Here’s a quick breakdown of everything you need to know about a reverse osmosis, or RO, system.

How It Works

An RO system sounds fancier and more complicated than it really is. Osmosis is the process of water passing through a semi-permeable membrane and an RO system takes that concept and applies it to plumbing. By using different areas of pressure, an RO system forces water through a series of filters and a membrane. This force allows the system to remove even the smallest contaminants or debris, thus making the water purer than water that goes through a traditional filtration system.

Maintenance Requirements

Maintenance for an RO system is relatively low. The sediment and carbon filters that are in front of the membrane should be changed regularly, about once a year. If these are taken care of correctly, a properly functioning system can run without membrane changes for up to five years, though water tests should be performed. Since the membranes are so thin, they can tear easily and it may be difficult or impossible to see perforations. A simple water test can tell you if anything is coming through the membrane, indicating an issue.

Benefits of RO

You’re unlikely to get purer water than an RO system provides outside of a lab setting. By utilizing the two filters and membrane, almost all impurities should be removed from the water. This means you don’t need to worry about harmful chemicals or contaminants affecting your family’s health. Many homeowners do choose to take supplements if they add an RO system to their home: some minerals the system removes, like magnesium, are important for health.

Ready to install an RO system in your home? The experts at Aqua Plumbing & Air can help. Call us at 941-306-3715 to set up an appointment today!

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