Brian Brooks September 20, 2017

What Is Reverse Osmosis and Why Should You Have It In Your Home

If you are a homeowner you have probably heard of reverse osmosis.  But, do you really know what it is or why it is advantageous to have?  It is important to understand what it is and the benefits it offers when considering investing in a new reverse osmosis system for your home.  When it comes to the water that you drink, there are a lot of options from which to choose.  It can be confusing to determine which is best and healthiest for you and your family.  Should you be drinking bottled water?  Should you be drinking filtered water?  Should you be drinking tap water?  Installing a reverse osmosis system in your home is the safest, easiest, and most efficient way to get safe drinking water in your home.

There are many different reverse osmosis systems from which to choose but they all more or less work in the same way.  Bob Villa explains the science behind home reverse osmosis systems, “Perhaps the single most effective type, reverse osmosis (RO) units force water through a multistage filtration process. Stage one is a sediment prefilter, designed to screen out larger particulates (such as sand and silt). Next is a carbon filter to remove organic contaminants, including ones that affect water odor and taste. Last but not least, a semipermeable membrane takes care of chemical contaminants. In some RO filters, there’s even a fourth and final “polishing” stage.”

There are a number of advantages to installing a reverse osmosis system in your home.  First, and possibly most important, reverse osmosis reduces the amount of contaminants in your water.  This is important because you and your family drink your home’s water and if there are contaminants those contaminants are getting into your body!  Reverse osmosis can remove things like arsenic, lead, nitrates, fluoride, copper, chromium, and more.  This is good for anyone but is also particularly important for those with suppressed immune systems from things like autoimmune disorders or that are undergoing cancer treatments.  Additionally, reverse osmosis reduces the amount of sodium in drinking water which is important for anyone that has high blood pressure but is great for anyone.  Overall, the water quality is simply far better than you would have access to otherwise and it just tastes much better!  Finally, and something all consumers are concerned with, reverse osmosis is very cost effective.  Think about the amount of bottled water you purchase so that you have good drinking water.  That adds up over time but by installing reverse osmosis in your home you will no longer need to purchase bottled water.  And, that also means you will be much more eco-friendly because you will be reducing your family’s carbon footprint through no longer consuming plastic waste (bottled water) in your home.  Speak to a qualified and experienced plumber, such as Second Opinion Plumbing, to learn more about how a reverse osmosis system can benefit your home.