Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cleaning the Filters



Welcome to all the new followers to my blog.  

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Back in April of 2012 we created our own gravity fed water filtration system off of instructions posted by Mike Yukon over at the Living Prepared blog.  

Mike even provided the resources and list of materials needed to create your own gravity fed water filtration system.  We placed our order with the resources to create two separate water filtration systems…one for current use, and another for emergency backup.

Every 3 to 6 months we take apart this gravity fed water filtration system to clean the holding device and each ceramic filter.  Most people don’t realize you need to clean your filtration system regularly.  Once you’ve taken your filtration system apart, you’ll notice a film all over the holding container and the ceramic filters.  With warm water, take a dish cloth and wash down the holding container and ceramic filters until this film is no longer evident.  Put the filtration system back together, and fill the top container with water to be processed through the ceramic filters.  


 

 


We have placed cleaning our water filtration system on a routine cleaning schedule.  Have you cleaned your water filtration system lately?

13 comments:

  1. I have an in line filtration system which uses cord cartridges. It's not as good as ceramic, and needs to be cleaned and the cartridge replaced more often. I usually replace the cartridge and flush the system with a mix of bleach and water about every quarter.

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    1. Harry,

      Any filtration system is better than none. :-)

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  2. Always a good idea to clean your filters!!!

    I have the ceramic dome ones with the charcoal inside but basically the same set up. The charcoal of course only lasts a few years but the ceramic goes forever.

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    1. PP,

      Were happy with our system, and we didn't have to spend an arm and leg on purchasing a large stainless steel one.

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  3. Sandy, glad to hear you know that simple cleaning of the filters is required to maintain a good filter flow and not be upset that they're not working properly. I love mine and never worry about the water I'm drinking when in strange campgrounds and should a hurricane hit my area having plenty of clean water will not be an issue.

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    1. Mike,

      It's great to not have to worry about your water at home or when traveling.

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  4. No but you reminded me I need to change my furnace filter. : )

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    1. Michaele,

      Did you change your furnace filter yet??

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  5. Sweet Sandy - good post and a good reminder for folks. jam is always on top of cleaning our filters in our berkey buckets and the filter that takes water from the well and into our house. the water is very minerally but wonderful once filtered. i am glad that you guys stay on top of cleaning your filters as well - it's VERY important. much love, Sweet Sandy, as always, to you and yours!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      It is very important to have a good water source, and to make sure it's cleaned regularly. Glad to hear Jam keeps up with your water sources.
      Love to you and Jam,
      Sandy

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  6. sweet sandy..

    i actually have!!! LOL!

    we have black berkeys and i clean them every 1-2 months now - i had 3 that clogged to too badly. i am also using only rainwater now instead of well water - that helps too.

    dolese pond should be in season soon, eh?

    hugs to you

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    1. Jambaloney,

      That's great news my friend!!!

      Don't you hate when the water clogs?

      Yes, we can't wait for dolese pond to be in season.

      Love and hugs to you and Sweet Kymber,
      Sandy

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