Whole House RO Systems

Upgrade Your Home’s Water Quality with Reverse Osmosis

Enhancing water quality in every home since 1999 – trust Radiant® Plumbing & Air Conditioning for expert whole home RO system installations in San Antonio and Austin.

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Home Reverse Osmosis Systems

Improve the Quality of Your Drinking Water

Tired of poor water quality in your home? Radiant’s expert plumbers are the solution. With thousands of professional installations since 1999, we specialize in all types of reverse osmosis systems, including under sink, countertop, and whole home systems. Available 24/7, our expert team ensures unmatched water purity for every customer in San Antonio and Austin. Transform your home’s water quality today with Radiant.

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RO Systems for Homes

Frequently Asked Questions

A home reverse osmosis (RO) system is a multi-stage water treatment process that effectively removes contaminants from unfiltered water, also known as feed water, by exerting pressure to push it through a semipermeable membrane. These residential RO systems typically incorporate at least three stages of treatment to reduce various types of contaminants. In the final stage, the RO membrane allows water to flow from the more concentrated side (containing more contaminants) to the less concentrated side (with fewer contaminants), resulting in clean drinking water. The clean water produced is called permeate, while the remaining concentrated water is known as waste or brine.

The process of a home reverse osmosis system involves several key components:

  1. Prefilter: This stage removes sediment and chlorine from the water before it is forced through the semipermeable membrane.
  2. RO Membrane: The semipermeable membrane effectively removes dissolved solids from the water.
  3. Postfilter: After passing through the RO membrane, the water undergoes additional filtration to further enhance its quality before reaching a dedicated faucet.

It’s essential to note that while reverse osmosis systems are highly effective at reducing various contaminants, they may not eliminate all bacteria and viruses. For water sourced from city treatment plants, microbiological safety is generally assured. However, bacteria could potentially grow on the RO membrane, posing a risk to the water supply. To address this concern and remove living organisms and viruses, UV disinfection is recommended.

Overall, reverse osmosis is a widely recognized and efficient water purification method, known for producing clean and great-tasting water. RO systems find applications in various settings, including whole-house filtration, faucets, aquariums, and restaurants, making them a versatile solution for improving water quality.

By the standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Austin’s drinking water is deemed safe for consumption. However, if you’re like some Austin residents on Reddit, you may be fine just drinking it chilled from the fridge to make your water taste alright. 

If you’re seeking the best-tasting tap water in your home, a home reverse osmosis system (RO) can be an ideal solution. Reverse osmosis effectively removes various contaminants from the water, including chlorine, salt, PFAS, and dissolved solids such as arsenic and fluoride, by passing it through an RO membrane. Additionally, RO systems incorporate sediment and carbon filtration stages to address a wide range of contaminants.

Some of the contaminants removed by reverse osmosis include:

  • Fluoride
  • Salt
  • Sediment
  • Chlorine
  • Arsenic
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances)
  • Microplastics
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Heavy metals
  • Many other contaminants

The effectiveness of RO systems in removing these contaminants is due to the multi-stage filtration process they employ. Here’s how it works:

  1. Prefiltration: The water initially undergoes prefiltration, which typically includes a carbon filter and a sediment filter. This stage removes sediment and chlorine, preventing potential clogging or damage to the RO membrane.
  2. Reverse Osmosis Membrane: The water is then passed through the RO membrane, which removes even microscopic dissolved particles.
  3. Storage Tank: The filtered water is stored in a tank until it is needed. The RO system continues to filter water until the storage tank is full and then automatically shuts off.
  4. Postfiltration: When you turn on your drinking water faucet, the water flows from the storage tank through another postfilter, which further refines the drinking water before it reaches your faucet.

In summary, while Austin’s tap water meets safety standards, homeowners seeking the highest water quality and taste often opt for a home reverse osmosis system to remove a wide range of contaminants and enhance the flavor of their drinking water.

Maintaining an RO system is relatively straightforward, and it typically involves routine filter replacements and, if applicable, prefilter changes. While a little preventative maintenance can go a long way, if you have a very complex whole house system, it’s a good idea to have it inspected annually to make sure there are no leaks or other problems. When you have your RO system professionally installed by experts like Radiant Plumbing and Air, you can expect minimal maintenance requirements. Here’s an overview of RO system maintenance:

  1. Filter Replacements: Most RO systems require regular filter replacements. The frequency of these replacements may vary based on factors like water quality and usage. Typically, there are multiple filters in the system, including prefilters, sediment filters, carbon filters, and the RO membrane. These filters need to be changed periodically to ensure the system continues to operate effectively.

  2. Prefilter Changes: If your RO system includes a prefilter, it may require additional filter changes. Prefilters are designed to remove sediment and chlorine, protecting the RO membrane from potential damage.

  3. Professional Installation: Having your RO system professionally installed by experienced plumbers ensures that the system is set up correctly from the start. Proper installation reduces the risk of issues and ensures optimal performance.

  4. Ongoing Maintenance Plans: The Radiant Care Club, is the most convenient way to keep your RO system in top condition. These plans often include scheduled appointments for filter replacements and system check-ups, ensuring that your home’s water quality remains excellent without the need for manual scheduling.

Overall, maintaining an RO system involves regular filter changes and, if necessary, prefilter replacements. Professional installation and maintenance plans can simplify the process and help ensure that your RO system continues to provide high-quality drinking water.

When considering the installation of an RO (reverse osmosis) system in your home, it’s paramount to partner with seasoned professionals who understand the intricacies of plumbing installations. At Radiant Plumbing and Air, we bring a wealth of expertise and experience to ensure a seamless and reliable installation process for your RO system.

Why Choose Radiant Plumbing and Air for Your RO System Installation:

1. Expertise and Experience: Our team of skilled plumbers possesses the expertise and years of experience necessary to handle complex plumbing installations, including RO systems. We are well-versed in the nuances of water filtration systems, guaranteeing a flawless and efficient installation.

2. Code Compliance: Radiant Plumbing and Air is well-acquainted with local plumbing codes and regulations. When you choose us, you can rest assured that your RO system installation will adhere to all necessary codes, eliminating potential legal or safety concerns down the road.

3. Proper Sizing and Placement: We understand that each household’s water quality needs are unique. Our plumbers will assess your requirements and recommend the appropriately sized RO system for your home. We also know precisely where to position the system to maximize its performance and convenience for you.

4. Safety First: Safety is our top priority. Plumbing installations often involve water connections, pipes, and, in some cases, electrical components. Radiant Plumbing and Air takes every precaution to ensure a safe installation process, minimizing the risk of accidents or water damage.

5. Quality Workmanship: Expect nothing less than top-notch workmanship from Radiant Plumbing and Air. We use the right tools, quality materials, and proven techniques to guarantee that your RO system functions at its best.

6. Error Prevention: DIY installations can lead to common mistakes that compromise the system’s performance. With us, you can avoid these errors and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with professional expertise.

7. Warranty Assurance: We stand behind our work. Radiant Plumbing and Air offers warranties on our installations. Should any issues arise with your RO system post-installation, we’ll return promptly to address them at no additional cost.

8. Time and Convenience: Your time is valuable, and we respect that. When you choose Radiant Plumbing and Air, you save time and effort. We complete the installation efficiently, allowing you to savor clean, filtered water without the hassle of DIY work.

9. Water Damage Prevention: Incorrectly installed RO systems can result in leaks and water damage. Radiant Plumbing and Air ensures all connections are secure and watertight, preventing potential disasters.

10. Customization: We tailor the installation to meet your specific requirements. Whether it’s connecting the RO system to a dedicated faucet or integrating it with your existing plumbing, we offer personalized solutions.

11. Troubleshooting and Maintenance: Our commitment doesn’t end with installation. If you encounter any issues with your RO system in the future, Radiant Plumbing and Air provides effective troubleshooting and repair services, prolonging the system’s lifespan.

In summary, for a seamless and worry-free RO system installation, choose Radiant Plumbing and Air as your trusted partner. Our expertise, compliance with regulations, commitment to safety, quality work, and customer-centric approach make us the ideal choice for all your plumbing needs. Experience the Radiant difference today!

Testing your water quality is a critical step in ensuring the safety and purity of your drinking water. Discovering the quality of your water supply can help you make informed decisions about your health and home. Here are effective methods to assess your water quality:

  1. Contact Your Water Supplier: Reach out to your local water utility provider or municipal water authority. They are mandated to provide annual Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) that detail water quality in your area. You can typically find this valuable information on their official website or by contacting their customer service.
  2. Utilize EPA Resources: Leverage the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Local Drinking Water Information” tool available on their website. This tool empowers you to access precise water quality reports and data specific to your geographic location. 
  3. Look for Signs of Contamination: Keep an eye out for telltale signs that might indicate water quality issues within your home. These typically include:
    • Unusual Taste: Detect any metallic, oily, or fishy taste in your water.
    • Chlorine Smell: Identify a strong chlorine odor, often added for disinfection purposes.
    • Sulfur Smell: Notice a rotten egg smell, potentially indicating the presence of sulfur.
    • Cloudy or Foamy Appearance: Monitor persistent cloudiness or foam in your water.
    • Low Water Pressure: Be aware of reduced water pressure, often due to clogged or corroded pipes.
    • Sediments or Discoloration: Inspect for blackening, dirt, or visible sediments in your sinks.
    • Government Advisories: Pay heed to advisories or boil water warnings issued by your local government.
  4. Professional Water Testing Services: For a comprehensive assessment of your home’s water quality, reach out to Radiant Plumbing and Air at 512-264-6995. Our team of experts will conduct a thorough battery of tests to analyze the chemicals and minerals present in your water supply. We are dedicated to providing tailored plumbing repairs and home filter solutions that align with your specific needs and ensure the well-being of you and your family. Your water quality is our priority, and we’re here to deliver precise solutions.

Whole House Reverse Osmosis System Installation

Transform Your Home's Water with a Whole House Reverse Osmosis System

Central Texas residents with concerns about municipal water quality or well water contamination can benefit significantly from a whole house reverse osmosis (RO) system. Radiant® Plumbing and Air Conditioning is proud to offer installation and repair services for these effective water filtration systems, ensuring you and your family have access to cleaner, healthier drinking water throughout your entire home.

Benefits of a Whole House RO System

  • Improved Drinking Water: Reverse osmosis removes a wide range of contaminants from your water supply, including chlorine, chloramine, lead, arsenic, fluoride, and more. This results in crystal-clear, great-tasting water that’s perfect for drinking, cooking, and making coffee or tea.
  • Softer Skin and Hair: Hard water can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy, and your hair dull and frizzy. A whole house RO system can significantly reduce hard water minerals, leaving your skin and hair feeling softer and healthier.
  • Spot-Free Dishes and Appliances: Hard water can also cause unsightly mineral deposits to build up on your dishes, glassware, and appliances. With filtered water, you’ll experience cleaner dishes and reduced wear and tear on your appliances.
  • Extended Appliance Lifespan: Hard water minerals can shorten the lifespan of your water-using appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. A whole house RO system can help protect your investment by reducing mineral buildup within these appliances.
  • Reduced Soap Scum: Hard water makes it difficult for soap to lather properly, leading to excessive soap usage and frustrating cleaning experiences. Softer, RO-filtered water creates a richer lather, allowing you to use less soap and get a better clean.
  • Improved Taste of Food: Cooking with filtered water can enhance the flavor of your food. By removing chlorine and other impurities, RO filtration allows the natural flavors of your ingredients to shine through.

Radiant Plumbing: Your Central Texas Whole House RO System Experts

Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning is a trusted provider of water filtration solutions in Central Texas. Our experienced plumbers are highly qualified in installing whole house RO systems. We offer:
  • Expert Advice: Our experienced technicians will assess your water quality and needs to recommend the right water filtration system for your home.
  • Quality Installations: We use high-quality RO systems and follow strict installation procedures to ensure optimal performance.
  • Reliable Service: Our team is available to provide ongoing maintenance and support for your RO system.
If you’re considering a whole house reverse osmosis system for your Central Texas home, contact Radiant today. We offer consultations to discuss your water quality concerns and answer any questions you may have. Let us help you experience the benefits of cleaner, healthier water for your entire home.

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