What Is Reverse Osmosis?

Purified water from a reverse osmosis filter. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio.
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Reverse osmosis – a fascinating, scientific process, is one of the most frequently used methods to filter and purify water. Reverse osmosis water filtration systems are some of the most popular systems homeowners choose to implement, so we’re going to detail what reverse osmosis is and how it can benefit your home.

For Starters, What Is Osmosis?

Osmosis is a naturally occurring process in nature. It even happens in our own bodies! It’s all about saline, and how a substance or solution that has less saline tends to move in the direction of a more saline-heavy solution, typically through a semipermeable membrane. This happens within us when our kidneys absorb water from our blood. In short, a solution with a much lower concentration of saline will move toward one with a higher concentration, with no energy required to get the solution moving. Now, let’s put this process in reverse!

Osmosis in Reverse

Osmosis is the natural migration of a low concentration solution to a higher one without any energy exertion. As expected, reverse osmosis is the exact opposite; it requires pressure and energy to start the process of desalinating the water. There is still a semipermeable membrane between the types of water, and pressure is exerted on the more highly concentrated solution. The membrane allows fresh water to pass through, but it traps bacteria, salt, minerals, and other unwanted components. This is why it’s considered to be one of the best methods for water filtration out there.

Reverse Osmosis in Your Home

Reverse osmosis is a beneficial, helpful measure that allows us to desalinate and purify the water we want to drink and use. The process, while effective for use in sinks and in smaller areas, is less practical in terms of whole-home filtration. Additionally, keep in mind is that while reverse osmosis removes contaminants, some mineral loss may be experienced in the process.

Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio Today!

At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, we are experts in all types of water filtration systems. We are more than happy to help you decide which system best fits your needs. Contact us today at 210-876-1629 to schedule an appointment!

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