BY KAYLA BEIRN
Reverse osmosis systems are among the best water filtration systems available. Here are some tips for maintaining these systems effectively.
Installing a reverse osmosis (RO) system in your home is a wonderful approach to maintaining a constant supply of clean, delicious drinking water. An RO filtration system offers many benefits, including excellent protection from dangerous water contaminants and contaminants that can cause health problems and affect the taste and odor of your drinking water. However, in order for the device to continue to provide clean, healthy drinking water for you and your family, it needs maintenance. Here are some simple maintenance tips for your reverse osmosis system to avoid trouble and maintain its excellent filtration performance.
Change your filters in time
Perhaps the most important component of the RO system is the semi-permeable membrane. Tiny pores in the membrane trap pollutants while allowing the passage of water molecules. However, depending on the quality of the water supplied, you will need to clean the membrane regularly, around one to four times a year. It’s time to clean the RO membrane when you notice a 15 percent drop in water pressure. You have the option of cleaning the membrane when installed or having it removed from the system and cleaned by a specialist.
Empty the storage tank regularly
The storage tank fits under the sink. It catches the water that the RO membrane gently filters, giving you access to plenty of clean water at all times. However, if the water is left in the tank for a long time, it may not be as fresh as you would like. We therefore recommend completely emptying the RO storage tank every two weeks.
Disinfect the storage tank
Since water tanks are known sources of slime, it is important to sanitize your RO tank to eliminate any pathogenic bacteria that may still be present. We recommend disinfecting the storage tank every 12 months with a high-quality, unscented bleach or a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved disinfectant. The following steps are usually included in the sanitization process:
• Shut off the water supply to the RO system.
• Remove the RO membrane and filters from the system.
• Depressurize the system by opening the water tap. Once the water has stopped flowing, turn off the faucet.
• Pour 2-3 teaspoons of bleach or the manufacturer’s recommended amount of NSF-approved disinfectant into the main unit.
• Turn on the water and wait for the system to fill with water before flushing twice.
• Replace or reinstall membrane and all filters.
We hope you found our tips for maintaining your reverse osmosis system insightful. Your water filtration system will continue to provide many positive results that will benefit you as long as you properly maintain the system.