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Maintaining the Purity: A Guide to Gravity Water Filter Maintenance

Clean water is a fundamental necessity for a healthy life, and many households rely on activated carbon or ceramic gravity-based water filters to ensure the purity of their drinking water. These filters are effective at removing impurities, chemicals, and contaminants, but like any filtration system, they require regular maintenance to function optimally. In this blog, we’ll explore the essential steps to maintain your activated carbon gravity water filter, focusing on cleaning the filter elements and the stainless steel containers.

Filter Element Maintenance:

  1. Visual Inspection
    • Begin by conducting regular inspections of the filter elements. Over time, debris, sediment, and contaminants can accumulate, affecting the filter’s efficiency. Check the elements for any visible signs of wear or damage.
  2. Cleaning Schedule
    • Establish a cleaning schedule based on your water usage and the quality of your water source. In general, it’s advisable to clean the filter elements at least once a month. If you notice a decline in water flow, consider cleaning the elements more frequently.
      • Clean every month in case of non-tap water
      • Clean every 2 months in case of tap water
  3. Disassembly and Removal
    • Wash your hands before you touch the filter elements. Proceed by discarding any water left in the upper container. Continue to unscrew the wingnut and remove the washer. Now you can take out the filter element. Repeat these steps for the other elements.
  4. Rinse with Clean Water
    • Use clean, lukewarm water to rinse the filter elements thoroughly. Gently remove any visible debris or sediment by using a tootbrush (gently) or the green side of a Scotch Brite pad. Be cautious not to use hot water or vinegar spray, as it may damage the filter media or alter its effectiveness. The point is to remove a small layer of carbon/ceramic to provide your filter effectively with a new layer of skin. Thoroughly rinse the elements after brushing (if needed). Make sure to re-prime your filters before placing them back in the container.

Stainless Steel Container Maintenance:

  1. Exterior Cleaning
    • Wipe the exterior of the stainless steel container regularly with a damp cloth to remove dust, fingerprints, or any other surface contaminants.
  2. Interior Inspection
    • Periodically inspect the interior of the container for any signs of corrosion, rust, or mineral (limescale) deposits.
    • For limescale, in areas with hard water, deposits can build up on the walls of tanks, at the base of the tap or at the joints. A natural solution is to use vinegar, pure if the limescale is really stubborn, or with a 50% dilution with water. Simply spray on the areas where the limescale has accumulated, wait a few minutes and then rinse. Do not use vinegar on the filter elements!
    • To clean the tanks, you can use lukewarm water with a little soap and scrub gently with a sponge. Rinse everything well and your done!

How to check if everything has been reinstalled correctly?

Once you’ve reassembled and installed your filters back in the container it is now time to start re-using your water filter. However, you might wonder if you’ve done everything correctly?

Don’t worry! We can find this out in two ways;

  1. Use red articifial food coloring
  2. Use turmeric powder

Both above mentioned substances should be removed by the filters. If you perform this test and you still find coloring in your filtered water it might have two causes;

  1. The wingnuts and blocking plugs are not installed correctly and therefore unfiltered water is seeping through. Proceed to reinstall these items and make sure they are tightly secured. Sometimes a visual inspection helps. You can do this by filling the upper container with water and hold it up with your hands. This way you can inspect the base of the upper container to check if there is water leaking through the joints.
  2. The filters haven’t been properly primed. Proceed to prime the filters (2-3 times, 1 min. each).
Phoenix Gravity water filter assembly

By following these simple maintenance steps, you can ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your gravity-based water filter. Regular cleaning not only maintains the filter’s efficiency but also contributes to the quality and safety of the water you and your family consume. Prioritize these maintenance tasks, and your water filter will continue to provide clean and refreshing water for years to come.

Have a great day ahead!

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