Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter – Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

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Hi friends! It’s pretty rare for me to share a product review on here. Years ago, I researched what sort of water filter to use for our family, and after looking at many different companies, I settled on the Berkey. Ironically, when we set it up, my husband told me that his family had a Berkey growing up- I had no idea! That just reassured me that I had picked the right brand.

So when Berkey reached out to me asking if I would write a blog post for them, I knew I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

We’ve had a Big Berkey Water Filter in our kitchen for the past several years. We LOVE it. My friends always come over and make a bee line straight for it. It tastes that good.

We just added the travel size, which will go in our office space.

Fun facts about the Berkey:

Filter Lifespan: Each filter provides 3,000 gallons of clean drinking water. The Travel Unit comes with two filters, so you get 6,000 gallons worth.

-They have a Fluoride filter available, in addition to their normal filters.

-They have many different sizes available, depending on your needs. We have found that the 2.25 gallons the Big Berkey has works awesome for our family of five. The travel size holds 1.5 gallons. They even have a unit big enough to accommodate 6 gallons.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

 

The most intimidating parts of setting up the Berkey was priming the filters. But don’t worry! It’s actually super easy.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

The Berkey comes with the filters and this rubber “priming button.”

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Here’s what the filters look like right out of the box.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

The priming process simply flushes out all air bubbles out of the filter. This makes the filtering process faster, and more efficient.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Create a seal between your filter, the button, and your faucet, and turn your water on low.

Hold it together tight, keeping the seal as best you can, while the filter fills up. You will know your filter is ready to go when you start seeing water beading up on the outside, all around the surface. It only takes a minute or so.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Once your filters are “sweating” all over, then they are ready to be put into the Berkey.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

 

Once you install your filters into the Berkey, it’s time to make sure the seal is tight, and everything is filtering properly.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

So we are going to do what is called “The Red Food Dye Test.”

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Add some red dye to a jar of water.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Next, pour into the Berkey.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

As it filters through the top chamber, you should get clean, clear water in the bottom chamber.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

Ta-da! Perfect, clean, safe water! While I have only done this during installation, this is a great way to check that your filters are still working properly down the road as well.

Make sure to check out Berkey for all of your water filtering needs, and follow their IG account at @bigberkeywaterfilter.

Setting Up A Berkey Water Filter - Priming The Filters + The Red Food Dye Test

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