Have you ever wondered about the process of buying any technological devices or machinery? The product purchase process and installation might be an easy thing to do, but taking care of it and maintaining its lifetime can be challenging. The lack understanding of the details of the product specifications makes it difficult to determine which action is right or should be avoided in caring for the product. Therefore it is essential to consider several indicators before buying a product. One of which is the maintenance cost that can be the crucial indicator in determining your decision. The same scenario also happens when you buy a water filter product. Different water filters have their own maintenance specifications. In this article, the tips presented focus on the maintenance of ceramic water filters.
A ceramic water filter is one of the technologies used to purify water from various sources (rainwater, lakes, rivers, and tap water). One example of this filter is the ceramic water filter series from Terra Water Indonesia. The primary material used by the Terra filter is made from a mixture of clay and other active ingredients such as colloidal silver and activated charcoal. These components play an active role in filtering various particles and dissolved substances in the water to produce safe water for consumption. The clay content forms microscopic pores to trap various microorganisms contaminating the water. Without proper care, the microscopic areas in the filter can get mouldy and reduce filtered water quality. Despite the fact that this filter can last for a maximum of 2 years, several maintenance techniques need to be considered to ensure it can be fully used for the desired period with the following maintenance tips:
Tip 1 Check your Water Filter Condition.
Unlike plastic, clay materials tend to be more susceptible to cracking and breakage. Therefore, it is crucial to check whether there are breaks or cracks in the ceramic filters and immediately replace the filter unit. Using a broken filter can leak the dirty water, which potentially contains microorganisms and viruses that can reduce the quality of the drinking water produced and interfere with your health. However, please note that using a daily filter will not cause substantial breaks and cracks. Please kindly check the assembly instructions to prevent damage to the water filter. However, suppose the damage is caused by the shipping process or product defect. In that case, you can also claim your packaging and delivery guarantee listed on our website.
Tip 2 Adjust the filtration Method with your Water Sources.
Some water sources, such as tap water, rainwater, or well water, can be fairly transparent. However, when it comes to turbid or muddy water from a river or lake, you can use a clean cloth over your ceramic filter as an additional medium. The cloth can filter out dirt and debris dissolved in the water. In the long term, this method will prevent your ceramic water filter from getting clogged. You should keep in mind to often replace the cloth (which in this case is more efficient compared to a higher frequency in cleaning filter)
Tip 3 Clean your filter regularly.
Ideally, ceramic water filters should be cleaned every 3 months. Likewise, suppose you feel the water flow is starting to slow down (longer than 2L/hour), you can clean your filter immediately. You can stick with the ideal 3-months cleaning routine or even more often according to your preference. Just make sure you are paying attention in disassembling your filter parts so that it may not impact your ceramic water filter performances. Here are some step-by-step and tips to clean your filter
Prepare a clean surface
It is essential to ensure the clean surface to put the filter unit in the cleaning process. We can also use a clean cloth or a layer of paper as a base between the filter and the surface (e.g., floor or table). The cloth or paper can block contaminated dirt and germs on the surface during the cleaning process.
Wash your hands before touching the filter unit and container
At a glance, clean-looking hands can be one of the intermediaries for various bacteria to contaminate the ceramic filter. Therefore, always wash your hands and ensure it is clean and sanitized before cleaning the filter. In certain situations, you also can use sterile gloves as additional options.
Use filtered water to wash hands and the filter.
Instead of using unfiltered tap water, you can use filtered water to wash both your hands and your filters. The quality of tap water offered in various geographical locations can be different. Some tap water sources contain coliform bacteria or are contaminated by septic tank waste. Therefore you can allocate certain amounts of filtered water before you clean your filter.
Pay attention to the touch-points on your filter unit!
To reduce bacterial contamination on your ceramic filter, make sure you only touch the rim of the filter in disassembling, cleaning and re-assembling the filter. This part of the rim is not directly involved in the water filtration process, so you will not interfere with the quality of the water filtration when you clean the filter.
Additional cleaning agent that can be used
It is highly recommended to ONLY use filtered water and a clean brush or sponge to clean the ceramic filter. It is not recommended to use soap or any chemicals on your ceramic filter unit. Filtered water can help clean the microscopic pores on the ceramic filter without leaving any residue that can clog pores. Filtered water can also prevent erosion of the ceramic water filter caused by chemicals. However, to clean the water container, you can use dish soap, vinegar, or filtered water to clean the inside and outside of the container. It is highly recommended not to use harsh chemicals to clean the filter container.
Pay attention to the re-assemble process.
During the cleaning routines, you must always pay attention to the assembly procedure to ensure that the container, ceramic filter unit, container lid and spigot are appropriately installed. This process is fundamental to ensure the filter can function effectively.
Your action will significantly affect the performance of your water filter. You do not have to replace your filter before its actual lifespan period if you know how to take care of this product. In some cases, your water filter might still work properly after two years of usage; however, we recommend you replace your filter afterwards. You can register your filter unit to get reminders from us. By doing so, we can also facilitate your water filter renewal process. You can get your ceramic water filter and register it through this link.