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To understand reverse osmosis, also known as RO, you must first have an understanding of osmosis. Osmosis is a natural phenomenon in which a solvent (water containing contaminants) will pass through a semi-permeable membrane in order to establish an equal concentration on both sides of the membrane. 

RO is, in essence, the opposite of this process. The water entering your home is going to contain some contaminants which are filtered by reverse osmosis systems containing the aforementioned membrane. When incoming water is forced against this membrane at a certain pressure, water will pass through, but the contaminants will be flushed out as waste in the remaining water. These membranes contain holes in the sub-micron range and as a result can filter a very large percentage of contaminants, even those that are dissolved! 

RO membranes themselves can last up to 7 years in some cases. This does require some care to achieve though. RO membranes are sensitive to chlorine, and in order to prevent any from reaching the membrane there are carbon pre-filters. Additionally there will be a sediment filter to prevent larger particles from reaching the membrane and plugging it up unnecessarily quick. Typically these filters are changed every 6 months to a year. 

Let Godwin Water Treatment be your go to for all your water treatment needs! We are your experts in water softening and reverse osmosis systems in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Call today for a FREE water test and a FREE estimate of what the best system for you would be! 

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