HOW TO CLEAN BERKEY SYSTEMS
- How to Clean Black Berkey Filters
- How to Clean Sport Berkey
- How to Clean Berkey System
- How to ensure your System does not get Mold
1. HOW TO CLEAN THE BLACK PURIFICATION FILTER ELEMENTS
NB: note never use washing liquid soap or hot water with carbon filters
2. HOW TO CLEAN A SPORT BERKEY
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 to dry thoroughly with cap removed. Re-assemble and seal in an air tight container if possible. Do not allow filter to freeze, do not place in microwave oven and do not run hot water through the filter.
We recommend that the bleach used, not be scented or in any other way enhanced. If you are not aware, many bleaches today come with “other things” in them to provide a nice smell, etc. We don’t recommend these types of bleaches.
HOW TO PREVENT MOLD
This can occur on occasion. Typically, it means that the top & straw (and bottle) are in need of a good soapy cleaning. Follow standard cleaning procedures which are on the instructions that come with each bottle. In some cases, it may be necessary to soak the top/straw for a bit before cleaning, or use a fine brush in the straw. Typically soaking in soapy water or vinegar water takes care of any build-up inside the top/straw. Rinse thoroughly. Again, it is important to periodically clean the bottle, top & straw to help keep this from occurring in the future.
3. HOW TO CLEAN THE BERKEY WATER FILTER SYSTEMS
Clean your Berkey Steel and Blue Clear System using warm water and a small drop of washing liquid with a normal dish cleaning cloth or sponge
4. HOW TO ENSURE YOUR SYSTEM DOES NOT GET MOLD
Mold is never a good thing to find, especially in your Berkey® System. The good news is, mold can be easily removed and prevented. Mold growth is in the upper chamber of the Berkey® System, where the unpurified water enters the system, though in some cases it can pop up in the lower chamber as well
Remove the Black Berkey ® Purification elements and scrub them with an abrasive pad or toothbrush. Reprime the elements to flush out any old water. The Black® Purification elements are self-sterilizing, which prevents any bacterial growth inside the filter.
To clean the stainless steel housing, wash both the upper and lower chambers with warm water and a few drops of plain bleach that doesn’t contain any artificial scents or additives. The bleach will effectively remove the mold and kill off any bacteria in the chambers. After these steps are completed, you can reassemble the system and begin purifying your water again.
There are two common causes of mold growth. The first is that water has been allowed to sit in the system for too long. We recommend changing the water in the system at least every three days. If you plan to leave town for an extended period of time, empty the system and follow the proper storage procedures for the filters.
The second cause of mold is heat. We recommend that you avoid placing the system in direct sunlight, as this can cause the system to heat up, creating the warm and damp situation that encourages mold. This is especially important for systems like the Berkey Light®, which can also cause algae growth when placed in direct sunlight .