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5 Things To Know Before Purchasing A Reverse Osmosis System For Your Home

5 Things To Know Before Purchasing A Reverse Osmosis System For Your Home

With lead and chromium 6 contamination gaining attention in national press, a lot of people have been rushing to buy reverse osmosis (RO) systems to filter their water because they believe that it's the best way to filter everything.   While high-end reverse osmosis systems do filter a wide range of contaminants, there are tradeoffs related to practicality and cost.  We hear a lot from people who bought & installed a reverse osmosis system, weren't prepared for the downsides, and ended up replacing it with a Hydroviv system soon thereafter.  This article lists the 5 things that we commonly hear from people who regret buyitng a reverse osmosis system.

Most Of The Filtration Is Done By Consumable Prefilters

When you look at the components of a reverse osmosis system, you quickly see that reverse osmosis is only one part of the overall system.  There are typically 2 or 3 consumable prefilters found upstream of the reverse osmosis membrane that filter chlorine-based disinfectants, pesticides, pharmaceutical products, VOCs, bacteria, sediment, and heavy metals... and need to be replaced in regular intervals.  The reverse osmosis step is typically the final “polishing” step.    

"Installation Requires Drilling Holes Where?"

Most people who buy a reverse osmosis system assume that they’ll be able to handle the installation.   Many quickly change their mind after learning that they’ll need to drill a hole in their home’s drain pipe (for the filtration system’s waste line) and another hole in their countertop or sink (for a dedicated faucet).  Unless you are confident in your abilities, be sure to budget a couple hundred dollars for professional installation.  You certainly don’t want to ruin a granite counter top or crack a drain pipe.

Your Under Sink Storage Will Disappear

If you have a garbage disposal, you’ll want to take measurements to make sure that the filtration system will fit under the sink.   In addition to the manifold that holds the prefilters and reverse osmosis components, you’ll need to allow space for the storage tank, which is larger than a basketball.  There's a reason why most pictures of installed reverse osmosis systems do not show a garbage disposal.  For some people, this isn’t a big deal, but for others (particularly in cities where space is limited), it’s a major problem.

Your Water Usage Will Go Up

Reverse osmosis systems work by using pressure to force water through a membrane, which leaves behind impurities in a solution that many referred to as brine or backwash.  This solution leaves flows through a waste line that connects to your home’s drain pipe.  Most consumer-grade systems generate 3-15 gallons of waste water per gallon of produced purified water.  

Flow Rates Are Slower Than Expected

One of the most common complaints that we hear from people who purchase reverse osmosis systems is that the water pressure is very bad and they end up not using the filtered water, which defeats the entire purpose of having a filtration system.


 
If you have any questions about whether or not a reverse osmosis system is the best way to filter your water, we encourage you to take advantage of Hydroviv’s “Help No Matter What” approach to technical support.  We promise to help you select an effective water filter system, even if it’s not one that we sell.  Reach out through live chat or by emailing us (support@hydroviv.com)

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