Pentek PCC-1 Scale Reducing Filter Video Transcript

Hey everyone, Aquaman here with Today we’re looking at the Pentek PCC-1. This is an industry standard size cartridge, approximately 10 inches long by 2 ½ inches in diameter, which means it’s going to fit into a vast array of industry standard size filter housings, like for example, the popular Pentek 158642 that you see here.

Now, the PCC-1 is a polyphosphate scale reducing filter. Now, there’s a lot of really heady science involved here and I’ll try not to overwhelm you, but basically it’s like a water softener, that’s not really what’s happening, but that’s the best way to describe it. This filter is not removing anything from the water like a typical filter; it’s actually adding a small amount of food grade polyphosphate into the water. And, that polyphosphate then bonds with the various minerals in your water. Things like calcium, magnesium and iron, and it makes it difficult for those minerals to precipitate out of solution, and makes it difficult for them to bond with one another and form scale. The polyphosphate also coats all of the metal surfaces inside your pipes and on your faucets and your shower head, and coats it with a microscopic coating of the polyphosphate, which makes it difficult for minerals to cling to and bond to and form scale. So, it’s not removing anything from the water, it’s adding a sequestering agent into the water. But it’s not a 100% perfect solution for everyone. It’s only going to work in situations with less than 15 grains per gallon of hardness, and less than 1 part per million of iron. If you are above those levels, you need to look into a real water softener.

Now, filter life is difficult to determine because it’s going to depend on your unique circumstances. I strongly recommend that this filter be installed in a filter housing with a clear sump, because it’s fairly easy to visually inspect to see the level of the polyphosphate beads. You can hear them, and through a clear filter sump you can see the level and that way you can determine when you’re getting low on polyphosphate and need to replace it. Now, the PCC-1 is also a refillable filter. This top cap detaches, and you can simply buy polyphosphate beads in bulk and refill the filter cartridge periodically. Again, this is the Pentek PCC-1, and I’m your host Aquaman with Thanks for watching. 

See detailed specifications and purchase the Pentek PCC-1 here.