Pentek PCC-212 Scale Reducing Filter Video Transcript

Hey everyone, Aquaman here with Today we’re looking at the Pentek PCC-212. 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-212 is a hexametaphosphate scale reducing filter. Now, there’s a lot of heady science involved with this filter and explaining it is kind of difficult. But the best way I can do this is tell you it’s sort of like a water softener. Those of you that have a scale problem know what it is; it builds up on your shower head, on your faucets, and leaves that white and greenish build-up; it’s scale. It comes from hardness minerals in your water. Now, this filter isn’t doing what a typical filter does; it’s not removing anything from your water. It’s actually adding a small amount of food grade hexametaphosphate, and that phosphate bonds with the various minerals in your water, things like calcium, magnesium and iron and makes it difficult for those minerals to bond with each other and precipitate out of solution, forming scale. The hexametaphosphate also coats the metal surfaces in your plumbing; inside of your pipes and your faucets and your shower heads, making it difficult for minerals to bond to those surfaces and form scale. Now, it’s not a 100% perfect solution for everyone. It’s only effective in situations with less than 15 grains per gallon of mineral hardness, or less than 1 part per million of iron.

Determining filter life is difficult, because it’s going to depend on your unique circumstances. If you have a heavy level of hardness or a great deal of iron and you use a lot of water, you’re obviously going to go through the cartridge faster than someone who doesn’t have those conditions. I strongly recommend that this filter be installed in a filter housing with a clear sump. Because then you can visually inspect the level of the hexametaphosphate beads; you can hear them, and you’ll be able to see them through a clear sump and verify that you are running low and need to replace the filter cartridge. The only difference between the PCC-218, and this filter, the PCC-212, is the level or the amount of beads inside of the filter. You see, the PCC-218 has much more hexametaphosphate in it and will therefore put a higher dose of phosphate into the water more rapidly than this cartridge will. So if you need a higher dosage, you should look into getting the PCC-218. Again, this is the Pentek PCC-212, a hexametaphosphate scale reducing filter, and I’m your host Aquaman with Thanks for watching. 

See detailed specifications and purchase the Pentek PCC-212 here.