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Reverse Osmosis Versus Other Water Filtration Methods

If you are considering various types of water filtration methods and systems for your home, it is important to understand how each one of these works. Some people make the mistake of not consulting with a professional plumbing repair company with knowledge of water filtration systems ahead of time. This has led to purchasing the wrong type of filtration system for their homes.

Sink Faucet filling glass of water

The first step in water filtration is to determine the type of water you have. In the US and Texas, the majority of water is considered hard water due to the high levels of calcium and mineral deposits, which can cause scaling on pipes and faucets. Some water may also contain excess iron, unpleasant smells, and tastes depending on your location. Hard water is usually found in homes with well water, while soft water has been treated with a water softener to remove calcium and minerals. City water is often softened, but not always, and may contain added chlorine and fluoride.

Once you know your water type, decide what you want to remove from the water. Do you want to eliminate visible particles, sediment, odor, or a funny taste? It’s also beneficial to have a plumber do a water test to identify the specific contaminants in your water.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis filtration systems use a semi-pervious membrane to remove up to 99% of sediment, minerals, fluoride, chlorine, and more from the water, improving its overall quality. This method is effective in addressing concerns over taste and odor.

Selective/Substrate Filtration Systems

Selective/substrate filtration systems use different substrates/filters to target specific contaminants in the water. For example, carbon is used to remove chlorine, heavy metals, and organic chemicals. This method can be customized to fit your specific needs and is generally more cost-effective than reverse osmosis systems. However, it leaves some minerals in the water.

In the end, it really comes down to your needs and what it is you want to be removed from your water. To learn more about the different filtration methods, or for assistance in selecting and installing a system for your home, contact Met Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949 today!

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