A Quick Look At How A Water-Purifying Reverse Osmosis System Is Installed

Posted on: 23 March 2020

If you're concerned about the quality of water in your home, you may be comparing water filtration methods. One of the most effective and convenient ways to filter the water you drink and use for cooking is a reverse osmosis system that's installed under your kitchen sink. Here's a look at how a reverse osmosis system works and how a plumber installs it.

How Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Works

Reverse osmosis is a filtration system that utilizes a membrane that blocks contaminants from coming out of the drinking water tap. Water from the inlet pipe is forced through the membrane so that purified water comes out the other side and is delivered through a beverage faucet mounted on the sink. A reverse osmosis unit contains both sediment and carbon filters that remove contaminants, odors, and bad taste from the water before the water reaches the membrane filter. Everything except the faucet is hidden under the sink, so it is out of sight and convenient to use.

How A Plumbing Contractor Installs The System

A reverse osmosis system attaches to the side or back of the cabinet under your sink. The water supply line attaches to the cold water side of the plumbing after the shut-off valve so that the valve also controls water flow to the filter. The plumber also has to connect the drain from the reverse osmosis filter to the drain under your sink. These filters create wastewater as they purify your drinking water so you'll hear water draining from under your sink, and that's normal.

This filter system also contains a small holding tank the plumber has to hook up. There are a number of color-coded hoses the plumber installs to connect the water supply, storage tank, filter system, drain, and faucet. A reverse osmosis filtration system has its own faucet, so you don't waste purified water by washing your hands or doing dishes.

You can insert the faucet into an existing opening on your sink, but if there's no opening, then you'll need to drill a small hole. This might be easy to do on steel or chrome, but if you have a granite sink, you may need to call in a granite specialist. If a faucet doesn't come with your filter kit, then look for a beverage faucet made for reverse osmosis systems that matches the style of sink faucet you already have.

It's also possible for your plumber to connect the ice maker to your reverse osmosis system so your ice is purified too. Be sure to buy the ice maker kit, faucet, and filter kit with the tank at the same time so your plumbing contractor has everything needed to get your new water filter installed and working.

Contact a plumbing company, such as Ongaro And Sons for more details