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How to Care for Your Reverse Osmosis Filter: A Guide to Home Water Filtration System Maintenance

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When it comes to ensuring safe and clean drinking water, a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system is one of the most effective methods. However, just like any other appliance in your home, your RO filter requires regular maintenance to function properly and to ensure that you have access to high-quality drinking water.

In this article, we will guide you through the steps of maintaining your RO filter and help you keep your whole house water filtration system in tip-top shape.

Understanding Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Before we dive into the maintenance process, let’s take a quick look at how a reverse osmosis filtration system works. The system uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities and contaminants from the water.

The membrane allows water molecules to pass through while trapping larger particles like minerals, bacteria, and viruses. The system also includes pre-filters that remove larger particles and activated carbon filters that remove chemicals and odors.

Signs That Your RO Filter Needs Maintenance

It’s essential to keep an eye out for any signs that your RO filter needs maintenance. Here are some common indicators that it’s time to check and clean your system:

  • A drop in water pressure
  • A reduction in the water flow rate
  • A strange taste or odor in the water
  • Cloudy water
  • The RO unit producing less water than usual
  • The RO system making unusual noises
  • The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) meter reading above the recommended level
  • Maintaining Your Reverse Osmosis Filter

To keep your reverse osmosis filter functioning efficiently, it’s important to follow these simple maintenance steps:

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

Before you start the maintenance process, turn off the water supply to the RO system. This will prevent water from entering the system and causing any damage.

Step 2: Release the Pressure

After turning off the water supply, release the pressure from the RO system. This is done by opening the faucet and letting the remaining water drain out.

Step 3: Remove the Filters

The next step is to remove the pre-filters and the RO membrane. This is usually done by twisting and pulling them out of the system. Be careful not to damage the filters or the membrane.

Step 4: Clean the Filters

Once you have removed the filters, rinse them under running water to remove any dirt or debris. You can also use a soft brush to clean the filters more thoroughly. The pre-filters should be replaced every six months, while the RO membrane can last up to two years.

Step 5: Sanitize the System

To ensure that your RO system is free from bacteria and other harmful microorganisms, it’s essential to sanitize the system. This can be done by adding a small amount of bleach to the system and letting it sit for a few minutes. Afterward, rinse the system with clean water.

Step 6: Reassemble the System

After cleaning and sanitizing the system, it’s time to reassemble it. Start by reinstalling the RO membrane and then the pre-filters. Make sure that everything is properly secured and tightened.

Step 7: Turn on the Water Supply

Once you have reassembled the system, turn on the water supply and let the system flush for a few minutes. This will help remove any remaining impurities and ensure that the system is functioning properly.

Regular maintenance is crucial to the longevity and effectiveness of your reverse osmosis whole house water filtration system. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can keep your RO filter in tip-top shape and enjoy safe and clean drinking water for years to come.

Invest in Safe Drinking Water With Puragain’s Home Filtration System

At Puragain Water, we understand the importance of having access to high-quality drinking water, which is why we offer a wide range of water filtration solutions to suit your specific needs. 

Whether you’re looking for a reverse osmosis system, a whole-house water filter, or a countertop filter, we have you covered! Our products are of the highest quality and are designed to provide you with safe and healthy drinking water.

So, if you’re in the market for a whole house water filtration system, don’t hesitate to check out Puragain Water’s range of products. We’re confident that we have the perfect solution to meet your needs, so get in touch with us today for a free quote!