How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

January 6, 2022

You may have heard the term reverse osmosis when researching water filtration systems for your home, but you may be unclear on the specific features and benefits of a reverse osmosis system. Making a choice about the best system for high water quality in your house can be difficult – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re considering a reverse osmosis system, here are the details on what a reverse osmosis system can provide for you and your family.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis systems are physical filtration systems that remove contaminants, large particles, dissolved minerals and other foreign substances by using a high pressure pump to push water through a filter. The filter allows water to pass through while leaving unwanted substances on the other side of the filter. The substances are then pushed through a reject stream, preventing them from continuing through the filter into your water.

Water Softners

Another common option for water in your home is a water softener. Water softeners differ from reverse osmosis systems by using ionization to replace magnesium and calcium ions with sodium ions. This process turns water with a high mineral concentration, known as hard water, into water with a lower mineral concentration, known as soft water.

However, water softeners do not remove the wide variety of particles and contaminants that a reverse osmosis system can remove. Think water softeners for benefits for your hair, skin, appliances, dishes and clothes – and reverse osmosis systems for benefits to your drinking water.Reverse osmosis systems improve the taste of water through the removal of minerals and contaminants. If you’re concerned about the quality and taste of your water, reverse osmosis systems are the way to go.

Contact Kinetico San Antonio today to find the right system for your home.

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