If you want to soften your water but you do not have the space for a traditional water softener, consider a reverse osmosis system. Plumbers are able to install a reverse osmosis system in less time than a traditional system. The water is fresher tasting and purer because of the components in the osmosis system. If you have never seen a water softener of this type and/or you are curious about how it works, here is all the information you need.
Reverse Osmosis Components and Functions
Desalination Membrane: This is the main component of all reverse osmosis systems. It removes salt, chlorine and other purifiers from city water or water drawn from oceans and bodies of water. Another component, the pump, pushes the water through the membrane to cleanse it. The membrane may either be tightly wound around itself into a coil, or it may have a hollow center, depending on the type of osmosis system your plumber connects.
Pump: Water enters your home via the city pipes and goes into the pump. The pump spins at a high velocity while forcing the water past the membrane. The purified water travels on to the pipes that distribute water to the rest of your home, and the back flow, or waste water that contains the impurities, is flushed back out of your home.
Turbine: A smaller version of a turbine drives the force of the pump. In residential systems, the turbine is encased within the pump housing. It is not exceptionally loud, like its industrial cousins, but you should be able to hear it or feel its vibrations. Additionally, it is not as powerful either. It will not generate the amount of water pressure industrial osmosis systems create. However, you can still obtain healthy, potable water through your residential system.
When You Need to Call a Plumber for Your System
When you do not hear a steady hum from your reverse osmosis system, it means that the turbine or the pump is broken, and you will need to call a plumber right away. He or she will open up the system's chambers. Membranes need to be changed a few times a year, and pumps can wear out if you use high volumes of water in your home. For this reason, many homeowners choose to connect individual systems to each tap in the home, rather than a single system to manage the water treatment for the entire house.
For more information, check out companies such as Optimum Plumbing LLC.