Pentek P5-20 Sediment Filter Video Transcript

Hey everyone, Tony the Filter Doctor here. Today we’re looking at the Pentek P5-20. Now, this is an industry standard size cartridge, approximately 20 inches long by 2 ½ inches in diameter, which means it’s going to fit into a vast selection of industry standard size filter housings, like for example the one that you see here.

Now, the P5-20 is a 5 micron, resin bonded polypropylene spun sediment filter. At 5 microns it will capture sediment approximately five times smaller than a speck of milled flour, so it’s a good choice for fine or extra fine sediment. But make a note, if you have a heavy sediment load or large sediment particles mingled in with the small fine sediment you may need to use pre-filtration before the water gets to this filter or you could clog it very rapidly. It’s going to depend on your unique conditions. Now, as a polypropylene sediment filter this is perfect for untreated water because it’s bacteriostatic, meaning microorganisms cannot live and grow on the polypropylene media. And it’s also highly resistant to chemical attack, making it a good choice for industrial and commercial applications. And it does pretty good in high temperature applications also, up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you are looking for better high temperature performance, you should look to the Pentek PD polypropylene series. Those are a thermally bonded polypropylene and have a much higher temperature rating.

Now, determining filter life for the P5-20 is very difficult, because it really depends on your unique circumstances. If you have a heavy load of sediment and you use a great deal of water you will certainly go through these cartridges much faster than someone who doesn’t have either of those conditions. The best way to determine filter life is simply to install one and then pay close attention to your flow rate, your pressure loss and when it feels like the filter is exhausted, make a note of the amount of time or the number of gallons that the filter’s been used. And from then on you’ll have a good note, a good mark of how long the filter will last for your unique circumstances. Again, this is the Pentek P5-20, and I’m your host Tony the Filter Doctor. Thanks for watching. 

See detailed specifications and purchase the Pentek P5-20 here.