Black Berkey® Elements don’t necessarily need to be cleaned every time one cleans their Berkey® unit. However, this can vary depending on your area and water source. In certain areas, the water is much dirtier than normal, and will necessitate cleaning the elements more frequently; possibly even more than cleaning the rest of the system […]
The Sport Berkey® Portable Water Filter has a shelf life of 50 years. When the filter system will not be used for an extended period, remove filter and fill the unit with either chlorinated bleach of 1/4 tsp. per one half gallon of water, or a 50/50 mix of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Rinse. Allow parts […]
We recommend keeping the Berkey Light® out of direct sunlight. The only other maintenance we suggest is to wash the lower chamber once per month with soapy dishwater. In areas with hard water, calcium scale may build up on spigot and chambers after prolonged use. To remove, soak affected part(s) in vinegar or a 50-50% […]
If you have used your elements: The method of storage depends upon the length of time that the Black Berkey® Elements will not be used: If the filters will not be used between 4 to 15 days and you want to avoid the re-priming process, remove the filters from the system, place them into a […]
Unfortunately the Sport Berkey® filter is not cleanable. Replacement filters however, are available.
How do I know when 1,000 gallons has been filtered and when its time to replace the Berkey PF-2™ Elements?
The best way to gauge when to replace the Berkey PF-2™ Elements is to do the following: 1) Keep a track of how many times per week you need to refill your system.2) Then multiply that figure times the capacity in gallons of your particular system (for example the Berkey light™ system is 2.75 gallons) […]
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 Super Sterasyl™ Element from the upper chamber. Using a soft toothbrush or soft scouring pad (3M Scotch-Brite® or similar), scrub […]
Most people use a pitcher to pour water into the upper chamber; however, if you have a spray hose on your sink, using it to refill the system is a very convenient method.
Wash lower chamber once per month with soapy dishwater. In areas with hard water, calcium scale may build up on spigot and chambers after prolonged use. To remove, soak affected part(s) in vinegar or a 50-50% mix of vinegar and water for about 15 minutes. Wipe away calcium scale with a ScotchBrite pad or soft […]
We recommend replacing Black Berkey® Elements every 3,000 gallons (6,000 per set of 2 elements). Elements may require replacement sooner based upon the quality of influent water.