Why do I need a Berkey pro care maintenance kit?
February 23rd, 2022 by Diana Ross
So why do you need to clean your Big Berkey system? Well Big Berkey systems are some of the best water filters on the market today. They are self-sterilizing, so purchasing a Berkey pro care maintenance kit from USA Berkey filters is a wise investment.
To clean your Berkey water filter system there are two types of maintenance kits available. The first is for the ceramic filters in your Berkey system and the second is for the stainless steel housing of your Berkey system.
This kit includes everything you need to clean and maintain your ceramic filters including a water treatment solution to soak them in, a cleaning brush, and instructions on how to clean the ceramic filters in your Berkey system.
Cleaning your ceramic filters will keep them working at their optimal level and will also extend their life expectancy by as much as 50%.
The Black Berkey Purification Elements are designed to be self-sterilizing. This means that if the elements are not used for several weeks, they will actually clean themselves.
We recommend cleaning them once a week depending on use. This is part of the maintenance of the system and is designed to keep it working at its best.
Your Big Berkey filter system was designed to remove heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, VOCs and hundreds more contaminants. It was not designed to remove bacteria or viruses.
Either way, once the Black Berkey filters have been cleaned thoroughly with the PRO-LAB PF-2 fluoride filters it is time to replace them with new ones. The Black Berkey Purification Elements have a recommended life span of 3,000 gallons which is much longer than any other water filter on the market.
A Berkey filter system is safe and easy to maintain. Here are a few simple steps to keep your Berkey in top working condition.
Cleaning the Black Berkey elements
Remove filter elements from the filter housing by turning the wing nuts counterclockwise, then gently pull up to remove from housing.
Using a soft brush, gentle scrub each element with warm water and a mild dish washing detergent. Once clean, rinse filters under running water until all soap residue is removed.
Reassemble the filters by reversing step 1.
Cleaning the upper and lower stainless steel chambers
For best results, use warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent when cleaning the upper and lower chamber. Do not soak the chambers for prolonged periods of time or use abrasive cleaners. This may cause corrosion or permanent discoloration of both chambers over time and will void the warranty of your system. Dry both chambers completely with a kitchen towel before reassembling and reinstalling your system. The Black Berkey purification elements in your stainless steel Big Berkey system are highly durable and will last up to 6,000 gallons. To protect them, it is important to clean the system regularly.
The most common cause for clogging of the Black Berkey elements is sediment build up in the lower chamber of the system. This sediment can come from a variety of sources such as; lead, chlorine, sulfates and minerals from your water supply.