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Water Treatment FAQ: What Is a Reverse Osmosis System?

Water treatment in Salt Lake City, UT is often important for a home to receive high quality water from its taps. The water in a municipal supply can contain multiple impurities that result in inferior taste, unpleasant smells, health issues, and plumbing damage.

Installing a whole-house water treatment system can alleviate these problems, but you need to have the right type of treatment system to address the specific water quality issues you have. We’ll look at one popular water treatment installation in this post: the reverse osmosis system.

For installation of a variety of water treatment systems in Salt Lake City, as well as the water testing that will pinpoint the issues you need to address, contact At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

Reverse osmosis systems

These treatment systems solve the most water problems of any available system. They have an almost unmatched level of particle filtration—superior to any standard filter—and can help balance out the pH level of your water.

Reverse osmosis works through a natural process wherein different levels of pressure force water from one area to another. This works in a water filtration device by separating two areas of water between a semi-permeable membrane capable of removing the minutest contaminants. However, water will not naturally flow through such a fine membrane. To push the water from the municipal supply through the membrane, a reverse osmosis system creates two different pressure areas, so the side with the higher concentration of molecules (the water entering your home) moves to the lower concentration side, passing through the membrane and removing the particles.

You can have a reverse osmosis system installed for individual faucets (point-of-use), but a whole-house system will take care of all the water entering your home. This is especially useful if you need to address problems with hard water—excess magnesium and calcite minerals—that can negatively affect your plumbing. If you already have a water softener installed, but it places excessive salt into the supply, a reverse osmosis system will remove the salt to balance the water. Reverse osmosis will also extract sulfur dioxide, the source the “bad egg smell” that sometimes affects a home’s water.

Schedule water testing

To know if a reverse osmosis water treatment system will address your home’s needs, or if another treatment system may work better, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air to schedule water testing. Our specialists will analyze water samples from around your home and find out what pollutants treatment can remove. They will then recommend the steps to take, and our experts in installing water treatment in Salt Lake City, UT will take care of the rest. Call us today to start down the road toward better quality water.

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