Reverse Osmosis Water System Maintenance and Repair

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Reverse osmosis, commonly known as RO, is one of the common water filtration methods applied to households everywhere in America. It removes the minerals and ions in the water by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. Fully functioning RO systems can provide you and your family with clean and great-tasting drinking water.

Reverse osmosis water system maintenance is important to ensure that the water in your household is safe and isn’t contaminated by microorganisms and harmful minerals. To further discuss this, here are some more important facts you need to know:

How Do Reverse Osmosis Systems Work

Reverse osmosis systems often use multiple filters to sanitize water before you can drink it. Water would first flow through the sediment filter that removes any microscopic particles like dirt, rust, and more. After that, it then flows through a carbon filter. This filters out other contaminants in the water, such as lead, chlorine, and other trace chemicals. 

The filtration process doesn’t end there. After the chemicals have been filtered out, water is forcefully pushed through the semi-permeable membrane to remove all additional contaminants that slipped past the first two filters. Once that’s done, the final filtration stage would be the polishing filter. This effectively cleans the water and ensures it is 100% safe for drinking.

Common Signs You Need RO Filter Repair and Maintenance

Most of the time, there are three signs indicating that it’s time for you to look into your reverse osmosis system. These are:

  • Low Water Pressure – Low water pressure can mean your system isn’t producing enough water due to the filters being clogged up.
  • Bad Water Taste or Smell – If you find that your water suddenly tastes or smells different, this could mean that your filters need to be replaced and your system needs to be inspected.
  • Your System Is Constantly Running – The last important sign is that your system is always running. This only means that your membrane isn’t in good condition and should be looked into immediately.

How Often Should You Maintain RO Filters

Replacement and maintenance of RO system filters should be conducted on time to keep them in good condition. In most cases, the sediment, carbon, and polishing filters should be cleaned or replaced every 6 to 12 months, depending on your water and its quality.

On the other hand, the semi-permeable membrane lasts the longest in the entire system and can be replaced once every two or three years. Cleaning the membrane should be done one to four times a year since this stage filters out most of the contaminants. It’s recommended that the membrane should be changed following your RO system manufacturer’s guidelines.

To keep your reverse osmosis system in good condition, you should let a water treatment professional handle its maintenance and replacement. Here at Adams Water Conditioning, we specialize in water quality solutions that you can trust. Call us today to learn more about our water treatments and products.

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