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How Does UV Disinfection Work?

Move over chlorine, there’s a new, chemical-free disinfectant in town! (And we’re willing to bet it won’t disappoint.) We’re talking about UV disinfection, a unique technique that uses ultraviolet light to treat your home’s water, making it fresh and clean for consumption. Now that you know what it is, let’s take a look at how the whole process comes together.

What is Ultraviolet (UV) Light, Anyway?

In order for you to understand how UV disinfection works, you first need to become acquainted with the idea of UV light altogether. In simplest terms, UV light is a form of light that is unseen by the human eye. It’s characterized as germicidal, meaning that it has disinfectant properties, due to the fact that the range of its wavelengths falls between 200 and 300 nanometers. In other words, UV rays have the power to stop germs in their tracks, chemical-free!

How is UV Light Used to Disinfect?

Ah-ha — the moment you’ve all been waiting for, learning how we harness and utilize these special rays of light. It starts with a stainless steel chamber that we call a “reactor.” As water flows through the reactor, it’s penetrated by rays from a UV lamp. The rays attack bacteria cells, mutating their DNA, which eventually kills off the bacteria altogether. Pretty cool, right? We thought so too!

How Can Mr. Rooter Use UV Light to Disinfect Water?

We’re so glad you asked! Depending on the bacterial contaminants that are found in your water, technicians will be able to determine the best course of action to take in order to get your drinking water on the road to recovery. Each organism is different, so some will require more exposure to UV light than others. In any case, your first step will always be a professional water analysis. That way, we can get to the bottom of what’s lurking in your water, so we can start to build a personalized plan to disinfect and purify it.

As a Neighbourly Company, our services are always honest, affordable, and reliable. Contact us to schedule your personalized water analysis today!