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When is it time to clean your filters? How often should you clean them?

Cleaning the elements should be done when you experience a drastic slow down in your flow rate. See the Video below: 

You may consider cleaning your elements on a consistent basis.
For example, every 6 months. We recommend at least every 12 months for all Berkey Filters

The benefit to doing so is that you won’t experience a slow flow rate. Cleaning elements on a regular schedule is at your discretion. This is a suggestion, not a requirement.

First, empty and disassemble the Black Berkey® Purification Elements from the Berkey® unit.

Use a cleaning pad similar to a Scotch Brite Pad or a stiff toothbrush and gently scrub the outside of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements under cool running water.

Re-prime the filters. If you’re not familiar with this process please visit our YouTube channel with step by step instructions, here.
Reassemble the Black Berkey® Purification Elements into the Berkey® unit.
Lastly, fill your Berkey® unit and perform a red dye test as described in your instructions and here to ensure the Black Berkey® Purification Elements are effective.

If you are currently using a water softening system, we highly recommend that you obtain pre-softened water directly from the source rather than run softened water through your Black Berkey® Elements. Please click here, for more information regarding the use of the Berkey® system with softened water.