Getting the Benefits of Reverse Osmosis

The process may seem hard to understand, but you know it’s important. It sounds technical and a bit confusing, but you prefer the outcome for your health and your family’s happiness. Reverse Osmosis (RO) is an excellent water purification technology. It filters out the unwanted from your drinking water, making it crystal clear – down to a molecular level, so you know you have high quality water and how it will taste when it pours out the tap.

Knowing about this much needed water resource, makes it even more important to understand how it works. Let’s keep this simple and start with a more obvious question… what’s the difference between Osmosis and Reverse Osmosis?

Osmosis vs Reverse Osmosis

It is important to understand the more common term ‘Osmosis,’ also known as Forward Osmosis (FO) to really discern ‘Reverse Osmosis.’ As you may have learned in school, Osmosis is the process by which molecules of a solvent, like water, pass naturally through a semi-permeable membrane during which a solute, like salt, dissolves into the solvent creating a solution. The fluid might go back and forth, depending on osmotic pressure, a few times until both solutions are equally concentrated. To help, you may consider this a process of assimilation – while some unwanted contaminants may be filtered out.

On the other hand, Reverse Osmosis is a forced process focused specifically on removing a large majority of contaminants, including solutes and sediments, from water by pushing it under higher pressure, greater than osmotic pressure, through a semi-permeable membrane. This method is used to purify and not dissolve with water. Reverse Osmosis technology requires membranes that are suited for this specific task.

Both FO and RO are used to remove the undesirable from one side of a membrane to the other. But the main difference in the technology between Forward Osmosis and Reverse Osmosis is controlling what is removed, how the water is driven through the membrane and the type / quality of membrane used.

How RO Works

Reverse Osmosis Systems include multiple stages, 3 to 5, in the filtration process. This may include:

  • Sediment Prefilters – Screening out dirt, sand, rust, microscopic particles, etc.
  • Carbon Prefilters – Reducing elements that create bad taste and smells.
  • 2nd Carbon Pre/Postfilters – Additional filtering of elements causing bad taste and smell.
  • RO Membrane – Filters out dissolved solids, including radium, lead, arsenic, etc.
  • Polishing Filter – Additional carbon filter to make sure water is crystal clear.

The Reverse Osmosis System and process provides many benefits to your physical health and wallet including:

  • Filters Dissolved Solids – Preventing health risks, nerve damage, fertility issues, developmental problems, etc.
  • Filters Parasites / Bacteria – Preventing effects on small intestines and related symptoms, dehydration and malnutrition concerns in mostly children, and concerns with patients and those with weak immune systems.
  • Filters Sodium Levels – Preventing high blood pressure.
  • Improves Taste & Smell – Filters out elements that cause unpleasant tastes and odors.
  • Unlimited Supply from Tap – Provides continuous supply of pure water straight from the tap for drinking and working purposes like cooking.
  • Eliminates Bottled Water – Stops the need for purchasing bottled water. In addition, helps the environment while saving money spent on single-use water bottles and filters for refillable pitchers.

An RO System does remove some of the beneficial minerals necessary for your diet. To restore these necessary nutrients an ADDITIVE cartridge like the ‘Kinetico K5 Mineral Plus’ can be included to let you add those beneficial minerals like magnesium and calcium back to your treated drinking water… for those worried about filtering out the good stuff!

RO Systems For You

As if the preceding benefits are not enough… RO provides one of the best protection options against arsenic, nitrates, lead, fertilizers, pesticides, chlorine, bad taste and odors and a host of other contaminants.

Gordon Bros. wants you to have the #BestWaterOnTap. We work to provide affordable options so you can enjoy a new Reverse Osmosis Water System that fits your budget. Keep in mind, our RO systems are very versatile. They can be installed with designer faucets at the sink, with refrigerator dispensers and ice makers, plus pot fillers and wet bars too! Have additional questions? That’s great! We are here and want to help with answers. Just give us a call at 800-331-7611 to speak to a water expert directly or visit to request more information and get started with no obligations.

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