If the time it takes for the water to filter into the lower chamber substantially decreases, the flow rate can be easily renewed by cleaning the ceramic filter. Follow these simple steps:
- Carefully remove the Berkey Earth® Element from the upper chamber.
- Using a soft toothbrush or soft scouring pad (3M Scotch-Brite® or similar), scrub the filter under running water or in a bowl of water. Cleaning should be performed evenly by working from the threaded mount down. Always brush away from threaded mount, taking care not to contaminate the mount. Never use soap or detergents.
- Replace the filter in the upper chamber. Be sure that sealing washer is properly seated by turning nut until tight.
As the top layer of ceramic and the contaminants are brushed off and flushed away, a new layer becomes available. This process can be repeated over and over before the ceramic material is exhausted.
Note: Rubber gloves are suggested