Whole House Reverse Osmosis: To Get Or Not

Whole house reverse osmosis procedures are usually carried out throughout the house when the water supply is completely distasteful. With filtering and softening by undersink reverse osmosis system, the publicly supplied water is generally safe to drink. The common concern is bacteria growing in toilets when the water is de-chlorinated. You may still choose to add a little chlorine into the water tank monthly even though the amount of bacteria present is insignificant. By doing that, you can remove the bacteria accumulated.

Normally, reverse osmosis procedure would be able to remove bacteria, cyst and heavy metals to a safe standard. You can regularly find such substances in water. These substances cannot be totally eliminated but they are largely reduced to a safe level as the water passes through the membrane. In the case of water supply from a well, the water may contain germs that need to be brought down to a safe level for consumption.

Some people do buy the whole house reverse osmosis system. They are commonly people who get water from the well. The cost of installing the system can be included in the mortgage since commonly such houses are newly purchased. Water from well ordinarily contains substantial dissolved particles and pathogens, making it unsafe to drink directly.

Disadvantages of whole house reverse osmosis:

Noise Level

The reverse osmosis system starts to refill the reservoir when the water is running empty. The pump that is used causes a din. 1-4 hours are required before the water is all filled up. Therefore, do store the system somewhere that will not pose a disturbance to you.

Expensive Cost

There are two pumps used in the whole house reverse osmosis procedure. One pump is for bringing in the water to your home while the other pump is for transporting water into the seizing tank. In event that a softener is used in the system, you need to have salt to maintain the softener. Every three to five years, you would need to send the membrane for servicing. If it is not, the membrane has to be repaired even more often.

A reverse osmosis system that involves release of concentrated saline will cost more. This is because a septic system is needed if a lot of brine is discharged. The system needs an individual leach line, hence making such system more expensive.

The actual cost of a whole house reverse osmosis system for a household differs based on the quality of the water supply and the consumer’s needs. A water quality test will be necessary for you to decide on what you need for the system.

The components of a whole house reverse osmosis system are basically as below:

– A high pressure motor pump and a conductivity monitor, 3 control valves plus a few controls,  2 pressure gauges, 3 flow meters, low pressure switch, a housing, mounting skid, and membrane.

– This system will give you slow flowing water. Therefore a holding tank, bladder tank and pump are needed to transport water to your home.

– In event that the content of calcium and magnesium are high in the water, softener has to be used to lower these contents. Alternatively, an acid feed or polymer can be used as well. Usually, using a polymer is a cheaper as compared to using a softener.