One of the most popular ways to purify your home’s drinking water is through reverse osmosis. Chaska homeowners have come to realize reverse osmosis systems offer many distinct advantages, so we thought we would take the time to answer some of the most common questions we get about these systems, how they work and what benefits they offer.
Q: What is reverse osmosis?
A: Reverse osmosis uses a special semi-permeable membrane to filter water using pressure that will force the water through tiny pores in the membrane. The in-home units use this membrane technology along with carbon and mechanical filtration to create water that is purified and tastes great.
Q: How does it work?
A: The water first flows through a carbon pre-filter that will remove certain contaminants like chlorine. After that, the water will go through the semi-permeable membrane. This will allow the water to flow through but will keep dissolved solids from passing through (sodium, lead and arsenic, for example). The purified water is then stored in a small tank until you are ready to use it. When you turn on a faucet, the water will be forced by air pressure through yet another carbon filter and then it will continue out of your faucet.
Q: How long will my reverse osmosis system last?
A: A reverse osmosis system could last practically forever with the proper care and maintenance. Make sure you have us out to service it on a regular basis and so we can replace the parts as they wear out. Your semi-permeable membrane should last about three to five years.
Q: Do reverse osmosis systems waste a lot of water?
A: While some of the water that flows through your reverse osmosis system will be used to keep the membranes clean, you should not notice a huge increase in your water bill (if you pay one). It will only use enough water to fill the storage tank. After that, it automatically shuts off until it needs to refill the tank.
Q: Why are these systems so popular?
A: More and more people are coming to realize that reverse osmosis systems provide pure, clean, great-tasting drinking water at a great cost, and maintaining these systems is quite easy.
Do you want more information on reverse osmosis in Chaska? Call Haferman Water Conditioning at 952-894-4040, or you can contact us to set up a Free Water Analysis and Estimate.