A lot of people come to us curious about reverse osmosis systems. They believe reverse osmosis systems are complex, new inventions. The fact is, reverse osmosis systems have been around for years. All reverse osmosis systems work in the same way; most even look the same. The real difference between reverse osmosis systems comes in the quality of their filters and internal membranes, which help you improve your water quality.
As licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing contractors serving areas including Northern Cook County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Huntley, Algonquin, and Lake in the Hills, we have helped several homes and businesses with their water treatment needs. This includes installing, configuring, replacing, and repairing reverse osmosis systems.
Some of the major advantages to reverse osmosis systems include their ability to remove contaminants from your water including bacteria, pesticides, pyrogens, viruses, hydrocarbons, radioactive contaminants, turbidity, colloidal matter, magnesium, sulfates, cadmium, sodium, asbestos, dissolved solids, industrial wastes, chlorine and detergents. This does a few things. First off, it improves both the taste and odor of your tap water. Reverse osmosis systems have an edge over other water treatment systems such as water purifiers, water conditioners, and water softeners in that they use no energy and they actually get rid of the contaminants found in your water rather than collecting them. The cost of a reverse osmosis system over time is minimal, often turning out to be less than other water quality systems. The maintenance for reverse osmosis systems is also negligible.
The concept behind how reverse osmosis systems work is actually quite simple. The standard pressure of your household or business plumbing pushes water through a semi-permeable membrane, which allows water through, but not other particulates. How good a reverse osmosis system works for you is essential determined by a few things:
The water temperature
The type of contaminants
The amount of contaminants in the water
The water pressure provided
And, the quality of the filters and membranes within the reverse osmosis system
From there, all reverse osmosis systems rely upon the same principles and components to help purify your water. The cold water supply valve, pre-filter(s), the reverse osmosis membrane, post filter(s), automatic shut off valve, check valve, flow restrictor, storage tank, and the faucet.
Most reverse osmosis systems are designed for indoor use. So, if you are just looking for something to improve your drinking water, they make a great solution.