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Reverse Osmosis Systems FAQ

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As more and more people look for systems to filter toxins out of their water systems, they’re learning that there are many options available. It can be hard to tell which one is the best for your home needs.

Among the more popular systems for filtering water in your home these days is a reverse osmosis system. But what exactly is such a system, and how does it work? Read some of the most frequently asked questions about reverse osmosis systems, and learn who to call if you still need more information on your needs.

What Are Reverse Osmosis Systems?

Reverse osmosis systems, or RO systems, use a semipermeable membrane system to remove particulates from drinking water, as well as ions and molecules. This helps to keep your water as close to pure H20 as possible, without additives or contaminants.

Where Are RO Systems Stored?

Generally speaking, RO systems aren’t whole-home systems. They are instead stored right under your kitchen sink. They use a holding tank and several stages of filtering to clean your water. At the first stage, suspended materials that can clog your system are removed. At the second phase, chlorine is filtered out of the water to protect the membrane.

At the third phase, the membrane removes the rest of the contaminants from the water. Finally, the treated water is held in a pressurized tank, where it’s passed through a carbon filter to clear out the taste and odor.

Can I Use an RO System on a Fridge or Ice Machine?</h4h2
Yes, you can! These systems can be plumbed directly onto the cold water line, drain and faucet that passes into your refrigerator and ice maker system. Usually it’s done with a basic quarter-inch line from your under-sink unit right to your fridge.

How Big is an RO Tank

The average RO tank is about 12” across and 15” high. It can generate up to 75 gallons per day of filtered water, and will operate anywhere from 40 psig to 100 psig.

Is an RO System Noisy?

RO systems are exceptionally quiet, though they can produce a faint gurgling sound that occurs when wastewater flows from the filtration system to the drain. This wastewater is what flushes the contaminants out of the drinking water and keeps the unit clear and clean. If you hear any other noises from the system, particularly a hissing sound, it’s important to call for service, as there could be a leak somewhere in the system.

Who to Call for More Information

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about reverse osmosis systems, but there may be a lot more information you need. If that’s the case, your best bet is to contact a professional water filtration systems company directly. At EcoWater Systems, we’ve been serving Southern Nevada families for over three decades, and we’re ready to provide you all the information you need.

If you think that a reverse osmosis system may be the right solution for your home, we can help. Give us a call to schedule an installation, or for any information you need today!

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