Living with a contaminated home water supply can be disappointing for you, difficult on your home, and even damaging to your health. In many instances, a community water pipeline does not properly account for different minerals and other contaminants, and you must take matters into your own hands. One of the most advanced and effective home water treatment systems is reverse osmosis. This practice will remove common chemical contaminants such as metal ions and salts. The removal of this wide range of particles that is leftover from community filtration can have both short and long-term benefits for keeping your home value and quality of life up. If you are looking to get a reverse osmosis system installed in the near future, take the following into consideration. Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Many people are familiar with the term reverse osmosis, but don’t know exactly what the process is or why it is so beneficial to your home water system. This is understandable; it’s a complex solution for a myriad of drinking and bathing water problems, but the bottom line is it will create pure water. In (somewhat) simple terms, a reverse osmosis filter works by water pressure pushing contaminants through a semi-permeable membrane so they can be removed from the supply. As this happens, both particulates and dissolved inorganic solids such as fluoride, lead, and pesticides are removed. In turn, this creates pure water. While reverse osmosis is not a new technology, it has become much more cost effective and safe since its utilization in the 1970’s. Today, it is one of the preferred methods for treating home water systems, and is extremely efficient. How Does RO Improve Water Quality? We described the technology that reverse osmosis implements in order to achieve its goal of water purity, but it’s also important to recognize the daily functions around you home that will improve. If you’ve been living with a contaminated water supply and switch to a self-contained RO, you should notice many of the following perks: Your water will smell and taste better due to lack of bacteria and other impurities. If you had to outsource your drinking water via bottles or delivery, and RO system will save you a great deal of money long term. The full containment of your water supply inside your house is much better for the environment, as you won’t be dealing with plastics. Reverse osmosis systems are extremely easy to maintain; they typically only require a filter change and the unit is accessible via whatever unit it is hooked up to. If your water supply had bacteria affecting gut health, RO can immediately improve this – many people attribute stomach issues to other portions of their lifestyle but are pleasantly surprised to learn that purer water can change this. With a list of benefits like this, it’s easy to see why reverse osmosis systems are becoming more and more common among well-maintained households. Is Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Hygienic? This is a common question – for a while near the inception of the technology, there were skeptics about whether the drinking water produced by RO was healthy or safe. However, as time has progressed and systems have been tested and improved, it is conclusive that the purity of the water from reverse osmosis systems is preferable to almost any form of community water supply. One misconception is that when drinking water is run through a reverse osmosis system in order to remove unhealthy minerals and contaminants, there is also a reduction in healthy minerals. This would only be true if someone’s diet contained none of these necessary minerals (which is very unlikely in any sort of balanced diet). Similarly, there is no difference between the time of processing minerals from liquid vs. food in the human body. When it comes down to it, reverse osmosis has been consistently proven to improve gut health, remove contaminants from a household’s drinking water, and is a major boon to the purity of water. If you are having contaminant issues with your water supply, the choice isn’t whether or not to get RO, it’s a matter of which model and how soon. Selecting a Reverse Osmosis System Once you’ve made the decision to get your water treated by reverse osmosis, there are several things you should consider. You need to make sure that you are working with qualified plumbing professionals who are local. This is because your soil and pipelines will likely have similar attributes to other houses around you, so a plumber with experience in the area will have extensive knowledge about how to best treat your water. Similarly, make sure that when you have a discussion about systems, they explain why they recommend a certain model, how they are installing it, what parts you will need to self-maintain it. There are a wide variety of RO systems that have similar technology, but these five stand out as diverse and functional choices to us: Waterdrop G3 System iSpring Water Filtration System APEC 4 stage Water Filter Systems PureDrop 5 Stage System Home Master Artesian Water Filtration System There are significant nuances in process, where the unit is installed, and how each is suited for your specific well or community water supply. However, we recommend getting a consultation from a professional in order to best explain these – there is a great amount of detail in what might seem like slight divergences, and it can make all the difference in the purity of your water. Getting the Best Treatment in Every Way Possible At Deer Valley Plumbing, we have been providing Arizona and the greater Phoenix area a pathway to better quality of life for decades. Our experience in the area makes us well suited to diagnose your water supply and install a reverse osmosis system quickly and affordably. If you are interesting in removing contaminants from your water and stress from your daily life, reach out today – we’d love to help.