Priming The Berkey Fluoride Filters
In order to use your Berkey fluoride filter for the first time, you must prime them. The filtering media contained in the element is very dense and contains dust from the manufacturing process. This dust needs to be rinsed from the media in order for the water to run clear and to break the surface tension of the filtering media. Please follow the instructions below in order to get the best results possible from your Berkey water filtering system.
How to Prime Berkey Filters with Prime Rite
Exclusive to Berkey, the Prime Rite, is a new faucet priming kit designed to make priming the Berkey Fluoride Filter, faster & easier! The Prime Rite is included in the Berkey Maintenance Kit.
How to Prime Berkey Fluoride Filters with Priming Button
Priming with the thick tan washer, known as the priming button is the original method for priming Fluoride Filters. A priming button is included with every Fluoride Filter purchase.
Fluoride filter priming instructions
- With the blue caps in place wash the exterior of each fluoride filter element with water and mild dish washing soap, then rinse.
- With clean hands, remove both blue caps from each end of both filter element.
- Place the rubber priming button (tan colored) onto one end of a fluoride filter and align the hole of the filter with the hole of the rubber washer.
- Press the priming button up against the sink faucet so that the priming button creates a seal between the faucet and the Fluoride Filter. Place your thumb on top of the faucet to apply pressure, to create a better seal (as seen in picture).
- While holding the priming button against the faucet, turn on the cold water slowly, allowing water to fill the cavity of the filter and flow from the opposite end. Allow water to flow for at least 30 seconds or until water runs clear.
- Turn the Fluoride filter over and prime the opposite end (reversing the flow of water) repeating steps 3 - 5 until water runs clear from both directions.
- To determine if the filter is fully primed, collect the filtered water in a clear glass and hold it up to the light to see if all of the cloudiness is gone from the water, if not continue priming until water is clear.
- This filter is now primed and ready to install.
- Repeat priming steps 1-7 for each additional Fluoride Filter.
Installation Caution Tip: When screwing the element onto the Black Berkey filter do not exceed 8 revolutions or the threaded portion of the filter will protrude too far into the fluoride filter and possibly damage the filter.