Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes are widely used in the water treatment industry to remove contaminants from water. Over time these membranes can become fouled, which reduces their efficiency and increases operating costs. To maintain the performance of your industrial RO system, regular RO membrane cleaning is a necessary step that must not be skipped or overlooked. In this article, we will discuss why RO membrane cleaning is necessary and the options you have to keep your system in perfect running order.
Why is RO Membrane Cleaning necessary?
Making sure to consistently and efficiently perform membrane cleaning services on your RO system is one of the easiest ways to maintain the absolute efficiency of your RO system. Most major membrane manufacturers agree that RO membranes should be cleaned when the normalized flow decreases by 10% from the initial acceptance test conditions and when the overall pressure drop increases by 15% over the initial acceptance test conditions.
Often, these two simple steps to watch for go ignored, even though it has been demonstrated that the optimum cleaning response is met when these guidelines are followed. If a system is allowed to operate in a fouled condition for an extended period of time, it can be difficult to recover optimal performance. By operating in a fouled condition, your RO membrane performance may have irreversible damage, which, if left unchecked, would require costly replacements.
We recommend having your RO membrane cleaned periodically to protect your reverse osmosis investment. This will extend the life of your membranes while also preventing damage to your system, therefore saving you money and hassle on replacements. Complete Water Solutions offers professional cleaning services for your RO system, including the very important membrane cleaning that is customized to your specific membranes and housings they came from.
Completing RO Membrane Cleaning Services On-Site
Many reverse osmosis systems are equipped with a clean in place system (CIP) that will allow you the ability to clean your system on-site without needing to remove all of your RO membranes. This style of membrane cleaning is beneficial as it requires that your system be shut down only for as long as the cleaning takes and restarted immediately after, shortening your overall downtime.
If your system is not equipped with a CIP system, contact Complete Water Solutions! Our team can provide and install one that is compatible with your existing RO system.
Complete Water Solutions offers a large variety of RO Membranes that can last from one to 10 years, depending on the size of your system. If you need new RO membranes, feel free to check out the many we have to offer here (https://complete-water.com/product-category/ro-membranes). For those of you “do it yourself-ers”, we have developed a new membrane pusher tool (https://complete-water.com/product/membrane-pusher-tool-mem600s) that is designed to help with those more challenging and stubborn membranes.
Off-Site Membrane Cleaning Services By Complete Water Solutions
Besides sometimes being more cost-effective and less time-consuming, using Complete Water Solutions to take your RO membranes to clean off-site offers many benefits. Since the membranes are cleaned off-site, you do not have any chemical risks associated with cleaning the membranes yourself and it also allows more time to soak the membranes or clean them enough times to ensure the removal of those harder-to-clean foulants.
While removing the membranes, our specialists are able to inspect your RO membranes and housing to determine if there are any problems that may indicate quality issues or future failures. Along with the visual inspection of your system, our professionals at Complete Water Solutions are able to identify the bad membranes individually and allow you the opportunity to replace any membranes, if needed.
If you would like more information on our RO membrane cleaning services, check out our membrane cleaning services page (https://complete-water.com/services/ro-membrane-cleaning) or contact us at Complete Water Solutions to talk to one of our representatives about getting started!
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