Cleaning your filter is an essential part of any water filter system. Most people don’t realize the importance of cleaning their Berkey filters until they start using their system. The dirty black scum that collects on top of the water in the bottom chamber indicates that your Berkey filter needs to be cleaned. Berkey has a great video showing you how to clean your filter here.
Berkey recommends cleaning your filter every 6 months, but depending on your water quality, you may need to clean it more frequently. To clean your filter, you need to run vinegar through it for 30 minutes. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. I prefer white vinegar because it is colorless and doesn’t leave a residue behind like apple cider vinegar does.
To clean your filter, insert one of the included black sponges in the center post of the upper chamber and fill the upper chamber with white vinegar until it reaches just below the top of the sponge. Insert a second black sponge into one of the lower chambers and pour white vinegar into the lower chamber until it reaches about 1/4″ below where the bottom chamber meets with lower chamber (see picture below).
Take all four of your charcoal filters and place them in each filter housing making sure not to overlap or stack.
Did you know the average person drinks about 20 gallons of water a day? That’s a lot of water, and most of it comes from the tap. It’s not that your local municipal water system is dirty or polluted, but it does contain a variety of substances that could be potentially harmful to your health. That’s why it’s important to protect yourself from contaminants like heavy metals and fluoride by filtering your water before you drink it.
Methods to remove contaminants from water vary depending on where you live. Some municipal systems use chlorine to reduce the presence of potentially harmful bacteria. Others use fluoride to prevent tooth decay. And in many places, iron is used to prevent the growth of algae in reservoirs and lakes. While each of these substances has its own purpose, they’re often more harmful than helpful when consumed by humans.
That’s where gravity filter systems like Berkey’s come into play. They’re capable of filtering out almost all harmful bacteria and parasites while also removing heavy metals such as lead and mercury, as well as most types of organic and industrial pollutants. The result is clean, healthy drinking water that tastes great and leaves you feeling refreshed. But how do they work? Let’s find out!
The berkey water filter is a great gift for you or your loved ones. It can be used to purify water from lakes, rivers, rain water or any other source of natural drinking water. This filtration system will provide you and your loved ones with clean and healthy water for years to come. However, the performance of this product relies heavily on proper cleaning and maintenance of the filter elements.
The main parts that make up the berkey system are the ceramic filters, the fluoride filters and the Black Berkey purification elements. While regular cleaning of the Black Berkey elements is relatively simple and straightforward, there are more delicate steps involved when it comes to cleaning the fluoride filters. It is important to give some extra attention to this part. If you want your berkey system to last for many years then you need to learn how to clean its fluoride filters correctly.