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 exising shower head, and you're good to go! We also sell this shower filter with a massage head.
In the shower environment, chlorine can either be in liquid or gas state. At higher water temperatures in the enclosed shower stall, free-chlorine 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.
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. 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.
More About The Berkey Shower Filter
Using a patented blend of high purity calcium, copper, and zinc, our Shower Filter works on a similar principle to a Catalytic Converter in an automobile. In shower filtration free-chlorine is converted into a harmless chloride. 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 element, too large to evaporate or be absorbed by the skin. It is then carried harmlessly through the water supply.
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!
The media used in the berkey shower filter are high-purity copper-zinc formulations used in treatment applications to reduce heavy metals, hydrogen sulfide, microorganisms, and scale. Water filtered through redox media controls microorganism growth. High-purity copper-zinc redox media consistently remove 99% of free chlorine by electrochemically reducing dissolved chlorine gas to water-soluble chloride ions.
- Effective for both hot and cold water.
- Reduces chlorine
- Reduces chemical absorption and vapor inhalation
- Reduces damage to hair and skin
- Eliminates Dirts and odors
- Back Flush Attachment to prevent premature clogging
- Also available with massage shower head already installed
The manufacturer warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 6 months from date of purchase. The manufacturer will replace or repair any product that it deems is not properly functioning during the stated warranty period.
BigBerkeyWaterFilters is always at your service to assist you with any warranty claims, send you replacement hardware free of charge if needed, or provide system maintenance support during the life of ownership.
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There is no standard answer for this as these sorts of shower units care not all the same. What we can tell you is that the shower filter screws onto the pipe coming out of your wall, before the shower attachment itself. So, it goes in between the wall pipe and the attachment. It'll add approx 5 inches when this occurs, so you would want to make sure you would still have adequate clearance between the shower head and the person taking the shower.
Also, do you have a recycling program for filters (PF-2, black and shower filters) that have been replaced? I wasn't sure what to do with them once they're replaced.
There is no other official way to tell if the filters need replacing other than the 25k mark. Itchiness is not something we've heard of, and shouldn't occur as the filters do not release anything into the water once exhausted. They simply stop absorbing chlorine, etc out of the water. Some folks skin feels dry due to the chlorine in the water, and the shower filter remove this. So, once their skin starts feeling dry again, it could be another possible indication that the filter is exhausted.
There is no recycling program for the filters and they can be discarded in the trash. As mentioned, they do not leech out their absorbed contaminants, so they will not affect the environment in this way.
Fluoride is an extremely difficult contaminant to remove from the water. Due to the high water pressure of a shower, a filter at the shower head does not have enough contact time with the water to remove the fluoride. For this reason, this is no shower filters on the market that can do this at reasonably effective removal rates.
I would venture to guess (and I stress guess), that this would be fine. The shower filter is simply getting in between your water source and the shower filter head. This is typically at the pipe coming out of the wall in your shower. If it's cut-in upstream in the pipe by 6-8 feet (for example), from the shower heads, then it should still function just the same if this is a manageable option for you.