Getting a reverse osmosis (RO) system installed in your home is a great way to make sure that everyone in the household is able to access clean, good-tasting drinking water in your house. An RO system will give you protection against toxic water contaminants and impurities, which might cause health issues as well as make your water taste and smell bad. But as your RO unit will help you keep clean and healthy drinking water for your home, it will require you to perform some upkeep so that it can help maintain its filtration performance.
Staying on top of your RO system’s maintenance is important so that you can keep your system running properly. Here are some tips to help you keep your filtration system running as smoothly as possible so that it can continue to provide you with clean, refreshing drinking water:
Change Your Filters On Time
Many RO systems will have multiple filters. These are a sediment pre-filter, a carbon pre-filter, an RO membrane, and a post-filter. Every filter will serve a different purpose but will work together to help produce high-quality water. Replacing these filters on time is crucial since they are the reason the filter can give you healthy drinking water. If you don’t change them on time, then the system will start to produce less water over time, and then will eventually not produce any water at all. Having a decrease in water production is a strong indicator that your filters need to be changed and are at the end of their lives. Therefore, it’s a good idea to set up a reminder and change the filters on the schedule.
Drain Your Storage Tank
Your storage tank is a pressure tank designed to fit underneath your sink and in line with your RO filtration system. It collects water being purified by the RO so that you can access clean water. However, in some cases, when the water stays in the tank for too long, it might not be as fresh as possible. So, it’s recommended that you completely drain the RO storage tank every two weeks. This helps your RO system maintain the right pressure it needs to flush impurities from the system. Since this water will be free of contaminants, you can use it to water your plants or your garden. Your tank will need time to refill itself, so you should do this before you go to bed or go to work.
Sanitize Your Storage Tank
Water tanks collect undesirable debris and slime, so it’s important for you to sanitize your RO tank when you can in order to remove any lingering bacteria. We recommend sanitizing the storage tank every year with good quality, unscented bleach, or a safe sanitizer. To do this, start by turning off the water supply to your RO system, remove the membrane and filters, open up the water faucet and depressurize the system. Close the faucet and then pour two or three tablespoons of bleach into the main unit. Turn on the water and allow it to fill up, then flush it a few times. Lastly, replace the membrane and filters.