How to Maintain Your Reverse Osmosis Water System

January 22, 2019 11:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Reverse osmosis (RO) water systems are a great investment that will ensure you have access to high-quality drinking water. A key word to consider here is “investment,” as RO systems are costly due to their multiple-filter structure. With this in mind, it’s important to do your best to maintain your RO system to ensure you keep it functioning well for as long as possible.

With proper care and maintenance, your reverse osmosis system in Shelby County, OH can last up to 15 years. Read on for tips on how you can make this number a reality:

  • Change the pre-filters: Before water even reaches the RO stage—in which it’s pushed forcefully through a special membrane to filter out final contaminants—it runs through around two to three additional pre-filters. The first is usually for sediments, and the second is for carbon. These are consumable filters that you will need to change regularly, every six to nine months. If you neglect to change these filters on time, you could risk ruining the RO membrane, so it’s important to take note of when you changed them last.
  • Change the RO membrane: As with the pre-filters, your RO membrane also has a finite lifespan and will need to be replaced every two to three years.
  • Change the polishing filter: After the water goes through the RO process, it is usually filtered once more by a polishing filter to remove any final odors or tastes. As with the pre-filters, this one should be changed every six to nine months.
  • Clean the whole system: Once every year, you should take the time to sanitize and recharge your RO system. The process is fairly lengthy and involves running hydrogen peroxide through the system a few times before reconnecting it to your water line.
  • Check on the water’s hardness: RO systems don’t fix issues with hard water, so if your house does have a hard water problem, it will help to use a water softener along with your RO system. Water softeners work well with RO systems; the chemicals in hard water are harmful for RO systems, and the RO system clears out any extra salts from the softened water. It’s a win-win for your system.

Following the steps above will help you keep your reverse osmosis system in Shelby County, OH working well for as long as possible, and finding the right water conditioning company will make some of the more onerous steps—like that annual cleaning—a no-brainer. For top-quality customer service and 60 years of knowledge and experience, consider Fogt Water Conditioning. Our family-owned company is a member of the Ohio Water Quality Association and a premier provider of water conditioning supplies and services in our area.

Fogt Water Conditioning can help you install and maintain a reverse osmosis water system, as well as help you with any other water issues, including water softening, Dura-Cube salt delivery and other water filtration systems. Call today to learn more, schedule a consultation and receive a free quote.

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