Repiping Guide: Which Pipes are Best for a Reverse Osmosis Water System?
Whether you get water from the city or you have your own well, there are contaminants in your water. City officials test the water to make sure these contaminants don’t exceed unsafe levels, but it probably doesn’t give you any comfort to know that these materials are lurking in your water. Over time, those levels can increase, or the contaminants can accumulate in your body, causing health problems. Taking additional measures to purify your water is always a good idea.
Installing a reverse osmosis system can ensure that you have clean water for drinking and cleaning. A reverse osmosis system works by forcing water across a semi-permeable membrane that blocks the contaminants. The clean water goes into a holding tank, which is drawn from when you turn on a faucet. You can install a reverse osmosis system for your whole house, or you can save money and focus your efforts by installing a smaller reverse osmosis system under a sink.
A reverse osmosis system can be very hard on copper pipes since the materials that are taken out of the water are corrosive to the metal. You can minimize some of this damage by using an under-sink system that connects to the sink with a different material. But the best thing to do is to repipe your home if you want to take advantage of the benefits of reverse osmosis.
PEX plumbing is the best choice for a reverse osmosis system. PEX is crosslinked polyethylene, and it makes for an ideal plumbing pipe choice. Here are a few reasons why PEX piping is so good for a reverse osmosis system:
PEX is resistant to the corrosion that is caused by minerals and other contaminants in the water. These contaminants do not build up in the piping, and they do not break down from the constant exposure of the contaminants. The reverse osmosis system can do its job, and you don’t have to worry about any damage to your plumbing.
If you do want to install a reverse osmosis system under your sink instead of for the whole house, you could use PEX to connect it to the outflow. The copper can funnel the water to the system, and the PEX can take out the other materials.
PEX is a popular plumbing option because it is flexible, and it can be installed in places that traditional pipes cannot. PEX does not require the same number of connections, and it can fit in very tight spaces. Less is required to achieve the same goals, and it can be installed more quickly, making it less expensive overall.
The flexibility that PEX offers is great for reverse osmosis systems since the plumbing can be installed anywhere. You are not limited in where the reverse osmosis system can be installed. You can put it in tight under-sink spaces and cabinets without worrying about being able to connect it to the rest of the plumbing.
PEX has several other advantages that make it a great choice for your home repipe, but it is a particularly good choice if you are thinking of installing a reverse osmosis system of any kind. Your repiping plumber will inspect your system and give you tailored recommendations for your home and your goals, but it is likely that your plumber will agree that PEX piping is the best choice if you intend to install a reverse osmosis system. Ensure that you also choose the best system and that you hire a reliable and experienced plumber to install it.
Integrity Repipe offers whole home repiping, as well as sectional repiping and repair, for homes and businesses in California. Our repiping plumbers are specialists in PEX piping, and they can help you understand the benefits for your property. Our plumbers are committed to providing the highest quality workmanship and to using the very best materials for your property. We back our work with a guarantee, so you can trust that your new plumbing will last for many decades. Check out our reviews to see what our customers have said about our work, then call us today to make an appointment for an estimate for your home.
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Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656