What is reverse osmosis. In Orlando FL we have very bad water which is why many people install reverse osmosis and it’s also known as ultra-filtration because it involves the movement of water through a membrane. The membrane has very small openings and they allow in water molecules, but not anything larger to pass through. Some RO systems have electrical charge to them that help reject some chemicals. Proper maintenance by an Orlando Plumber is essential to maintain effectiveness. Some RO systems have an automatic membrane flushing system to clean the membrane. The water coming in to the unit should be bacteriologically safe. RO systems will remove all microorganisms but they are not recommended for that because of contamination through small holes in pipes or bacterial growth. We at Drain Genie Plumbing suggest installing a water softener in your Orlando FL home before installing the RO system as they work better together. The system has multiple parts and they consist of the following:
  • Pre Filter: Removes small particles to extend the life of the membrane
  • RO membrane: There are several kinds and the main kind is made of cellulose/polyamide.
  • Storage Tank: RO units provide low rates of treated water so it needs a place to store it and usually is about 2 to 5 gallons.
  • Post filter: This is used to remove any bad taste and residual organics from the treated water.
  • Delivery Tap: The area where you get treated water from.
The RO system usually costs Orlando residents from $300 to $3000. The filters cost $50 and the membranes are around $200. Installation costs vary in Orlando so you need a lot of space to fit the plumbing parts and the plumber will most likely need to re-work the water lines but usually it runs a minimum of $250 to be installed by an Orlando plumber. The disadvantage of the RO system is that they use a lot of water. They only recover 5 to 15 percent of the supplying water and the rest is discharged in to your waste water. The waste water is connected to your Orlando Fl drainage system and will add a load on a septic system. An RO unit will provide an Orlando resident with 5 gallons of treated drinking water per day but may discharge 40 to 80 gallons into your Orlando drainage system. If you need a RO system installed in Orlando FL or Winter ParkSanfordLake MaryLongwoodApopkaDeltonaOviedo, Winter SpringsCasselberryAltamonte Springs – Please give our plumbers a call at 407-490-1230