Reverse osmosis systems are praised for their ability to filter just about any harmful contaminants out of your drinking water. They use a thin membrane to block anything bigger than water molecules from entering your drinking water. This makes them great systems for your entire house, or simply as point-of-use systems to be installed directly in conjunction with your kitchen sink.
But for all of its positive qualities, there’s one major drawback that all homeowners should be aware of:
Reverse osmosis systems are the number one cause of flooding in your home.
In this post, we’ll explain why this happens, as well as provide some alternatives for water filtration systems in Glendale.
Water—the Universal Solvent
When you think about it, water is the biggest enemy to all plumbing products. Plumbing technology is constantly changing to account for the damage that water can create. After all, water is known as the universal solvent—capable of dissolving everything given enough time.
A reverse osmosis system is no different, as it’s constantly in contact with water. Your other plumbing products and devices are no different.
For example, storage tank water heaters are equipped with several defense measures against the corroding abilities of water. Even after the help of a water softener, an anode rod, and a glass lining, water can still manage to get past all of those defenses and corrode the actual tank itself. That leads to a leak and a ruined water heater.
Where Reverse Osmosis Systems Fail
Reverse osmosis systems try to get around water’s corrosive properties by opting for plastic instead of metal. The tubes and connections in the system that would normally be made of metal, copper, or other hard materials are all at risk of corroding over time. Instead, reverse osmosis systems use connections made out of plastic.
Even so, plastic connections are still not impervious to water. These tubes and connections are known to burst or become disconnected, thus flooding the home until the water is shut off manually. In fact, reverse osmosis systems are one of the number one causes of flooding inside the home!
What to Do When the System Floods?
If you have an RO system and it happens to flood, you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage thanks to an automatic shutoff valve. These can be a real lifesaver here, but if you don’t have one, you’ll have to know where your shutoff valve is and turn it off manually. The RO system will keep flooding until you turn off the water since it’s directly connected to the plumbing system.
After that, you’ll need to clean up all the water damage. This is something that a professional plumber can help with by using an assortment of tools.
What Are the Alternatives?
Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you “don’t use an RO system” without providing some solutions.
Your best alternative is going with either a whole home salt-free water filtration or conditioning system. These systems are designed differently, with a much lower risk of flooding. There are many types of systems to choose from, so don’t hesitate to call up a professional to go over your options.
To learn more about your options for water filtration, contact The Trusted Plumber today.