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Reverse osmosis water filtration systems have both advantages and disadvantages that may come as a surprise.

You might have come across the term "reverse osmosis" when talking about water. Maybe you're thinking about getting a reverse osmosis filtration system for your home, but the term might be a bit fuzzy. Don't worry, you don't need to go back to 10th-grade biology class for a refresher!

Let's break it down: "reverse osmosis" is like a fancy way of filtering water. If you remember your biology teacher talking about "osmosis," it's basically how water moves through stuff. But hey, no need to stress about that now.

We're here to help you figure out if a reverse osmosis system is right for you. We'll chat about the good stuff and the not-so-good stuff, and you'll be all set to make an informed decision. No time-traveling to high school is required! 

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Imagine you have a super tiny filter called a semipermeable membrane. When you push water through this filter, something cool happens – it only lets the teeny-tiny water molecules pass through. The bigger molecules, like those from organic stuff or even salt, get blocked by the filter. So, this filter acts like a superhero that removes yucky stuff and dissolved things from the water.

Here's the cool part: reverse osmosis doesn't need any chemicals or fancy carbon filters to make your water clean. And it doesn't use heat either. Instead, it uses pressure to give your water a thorough cleaning. So, your water comes out all fresh and clean without any extra stuff. 

When It Comes To Water Filtration, How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?
Time for a quick science lesson. In simple terms, osmosis is nature’s way of creating balance. Osmosis takes place when molecules pass through a membrane from a lower-concentrated solution into a higher-concentrated one. Reverse osmosis is the same basic concept. Except it involves adding a stronger pressure to move the water molecules out of the higher concentrated solution (contaminated water) into the weaker solution (pure water).

What Does A Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Remove?
A reverse osmosis water filtration system will remove a vast number of contaminants. Viruses, nitrates, bacteria, fluoride, sulfates, and arsenic all stand no chance. On the other side, the system also removes healthy minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Unfortunately, your body needs these minerals. The systems are so effective that they purify water with a 99% or higher filtration efficiency rate.

However, a reverse osmosis system does not remove chlorine and will not soften your water very efficiently. That is why reverse osmosis systems often work in combination with carbon filters. The activated carbon will remove additional contaminants that the reverse osmosis system misses. Some contaminants it helps remove are pesticides, herbicides, chlorine bi-products, pharmaceuticals, and more.


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