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What is Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

There are many different contaminants and pollutants that can affect your home’s water, but there are many water filtration technologies to choose from. Reverse osmosis filtration is very effective, and our team at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating explains the process below. Understanding how your system works helps you both maintain your home and see the value in a new filtration system.

What is reverse osmosis filtration?
The reverse osmosis process

What is Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

Reverse osmosis is a process that removes foreign contaminants, dirt, large particles, and minerals from your water. The system uses pressure to push everything through specialized membranes to filter the water as much as possible. The process of reverse osmosis makes water safe for drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

Just as the name implies, the process of reverse osmosis essentially reverses the osmosis process. During normal osmosis, a diluted solution passes through a semipermeable membrane and flows into a more concentrated one. An example of this would be your fingers pruning when you’re swimming.

Reverse Osmosis works differently, and is an active — rather than passive — process. An external force must apply pressure on a highly concentrated solution while it passes through a membrane into a solution with a lower concentration. The membrane allows the water to pass through, but prevents any objects or contaminants from remaining.

Work with a Professional Residential Plumber in Maryland

Here at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we are happy to service your water filtration system or install a new device. If you have any questions about reverse osmosis water filtration systems, give us a call. Our team of professional Maryland residential plumbers is happy to answer your questions, schedule an appointment, or offer you a free estimate.

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