Berkey Shower Filter
People with sensitive skin find some chemicals cause their skin to flare or itch. If any of this sounds familiar, we have the solution. A Berkey shower filter will solve these problems and do so quickly and easily.
The Berkey shower filter is easy to install and is great for those who want the benefits of showering in filtered water. Simply screw this in between the shower pipe coming from your wall and your existing shower head, and you're good to go!
The improved Berkey Shower Filter will typically last 25,000 gallons or one year, whichever comes first. The Berkey Shower Filter contains a new and improved shower filtration media, which is most effective in reducing free chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, scale and iron oxide (rust water).
The Berkey Shower Filter process media works in a wide range of temperatures with a maximum operating temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beyond removing chlorine, Berkey shower filters remove many of the pollutants that can cause skin problems. With the removal of hydrogen sulfide, heavy metals and other chemicals, dry skin and damaging effects on hair and scalp dryness is gone.
Features of Berkey Water Filter Systems:
- BPA Free
- Effective for both hot and cold water.
- Lasts 25,000 gallons, or one year whichever comes first
- Reduces up to 95% of chlorine
- Reduces chemical absorption and vapor inhalation
- Reduces 98% of water soluble heavy metals
- Reduces damage to hair and skin
- Eliminates foul tastes, dirt and odors
- Back Flush attachment to prevent premature clogging
- Reduces lime, scale, mold and fungi in showers
- Available with massage shower filter head already installed
- Removes most microorganisms
- Reduces hydrogen sulfide
- “Full Flow” filter insures even distribution of water throughout the media
- Easy installation of replaceable cartridge with self sealing threads
As you can see, the Berkey is far more than just a chlorine shower filter. Despite this, it is priced at about the same level as other filters, which remove far fewer contaminants.
In the shower environment, chlorine can either be in liquid or gas state. At higher water temperatures in the enclosed shower stall, freechlorine moves from the liquid to the gas state, where it vaporizes and subsequently is inhaled.
The United States regulates all showerhead flow at 2.5 gallons per minute. Thus, the science behind shower filtration must take into account the unique situation in the shower, including temperature, flow rate and volume.
Since chlorination is a long established public health practice necessary for the disinfection of drinking water, consumers are aware of the health benefit drinking filtered water can provide. However, it’s surprising for some people to learn that 50% of their daily exposure is in the shower. The other 50% comes from their drinking water. Therefore, filtering shower water is equally as important as filtering drinking water.
Documented scientific studies conclude that taking long hot showers is a potential health risk. In the enclosed shower stall, chlorine vaporizes where it is inhaled. To a lesser degree, dermal absorption also occurs. Chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria.
The highly reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds. Medical studies suggest a link between absorption and inhalation of chlorine in the shower environment with elevated risks for diseases and serious illness.
Showering in chlorinated water may also cause pre-existing conditions such as asthma and eczema, to become exacerbated. In addition to the benefits of filtering water, there are cosmetic benefits. Symptoms of chlorine exposure are dry and/or flaking skin, dry brittle hair and red irritated eyes. Filtering your shower water reduces these symptoms.
Using a patented blend of high-purity Calcium Sulfide, Copper and Zinc; the Berkey Shower Filter unit works on a similar principle to a Catalytic Converter in an automobile.
In shower filtration free-chlorine is converted into a harmless chloride salt. The scientific name for this chemical reaction is known as “Reduction-Oxidation”, commonly referred to as Redox. Redox reactions can be chemically complex.
Simply stated, during a Redox reaction electrons are transferred between molecules, creating new elements. For instance, when free-chlorine comes in contact with the filtration media, it is changed into a benign water-soluble chloride.
This reaction changes free-chlorine to a larger chloride molecule. This is too large to evaporate or be absorbed by the skin. It is then carried harmlessly through the water supply.
This saltbased molecule requires more energy (heat) to evaporate than a water heater at industry-standard maximum temperatures allow and is too large to be absorbed by the skin. It is then carried harmlessly through the water supply.
The media used in the Berkey Shower Filter converts free chlorine and some combined chlorines to a harmless chloride salt. The media, a proprietary blend of Cooper, Zinc and Calcium Sulfide works well in a variety of temperatures from hot to cold.