Water Issues? Reverse Osmosis System Might Be the Answer

Water Issues? Reverse Osmosis System Might Be the AnswerHomeowners in Grand Traverse County know what hard water is: rich in minerals, often metallic to the taste. In locations where your water is extremely bad, a reverse osmosis system may be worth the investment of time and money to make your home’s water fresh, safe and appealing.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Your Grand Traverse County home’s water pressure pushes water, but few solids, through a membrane. The solids, contaminates and biological impurities are stopped by the thin membrane. The system appears complicated, but has simple features:

  • Water line in
  • Membrane Pre-filter—removes larger particles
  • Carbon pre-filter—further cleaning, removing chlorine and chemical taste
  • RO Membrane—the heart of the system, where the reverse osmosis thin membrane removes solids mere fractions of the width of a human hair
  • Post-filter
  • Storage

What Contaminants are Removed?

Many contaminants, minerals and biological solids get filtered out, but here is a short list of the more harmful substances removed through reverse osmosis and the accompanying carbon filters:

  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Cadmium
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Cyanide
  • Fluoride
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Potassium
  • Protozoan cysts
  • Sodium
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Zinc

How Do I Know If I Need A Reverse Osmosis System?

Geographic location—such as living in mineral-rich Grand Traverse County—is a big factor. If your water has an unpleasant smell, suds are difficult to achieve in soap, dish detergent or laundry, or you have had your water tested and gotten alarming reports of high concentrations of chemicals, you may need a reverse osmosis system.

Potential Drawbacks

By using the services of a professional plumbing contractor, many of these challenges often associated with a reverse osmosis system can be reduced:

  • Noise—especially with teenagers’ long showers, the system will run for long periods
  • Some some pesticides, solvents and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), and hydrogen sulfide (a rotten-egg smell in the water) are not removed
  • High calcium content needs a water softener
  • Flow rates are lower
  • Cost—a reverse osmosis system is an investment, requires annual maintenance and uses a lot of water

For more professional help solving your Grand Traverse County home’s water issues, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about osmosis systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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