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Pentek CBC-10 Carbon Block Filter Cartridge, 9-3/4" x 2-7/8", 0.5 Micron
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- Reduces fine sediment, chlorine taste and odor, and protozoan cysts in residential and commercial drinking water
- Nominal filtration rating of 0.5 micron
- Bonded PAC media with polyolefin wraps and polyethylene netting
- Initial pressure drop of 3.7 psi at a flow rate of 2 gpm
- Temperature range of 40 to 180 degrees F (4.4 to 82.2 degrees C)
|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||051678162439 , 733353219194|
|EAN||0051678162439 , 0733353219194|
|Is Assembly Required?||false|
|Material||Powdered Activated Carbon|
|Particle Retention Size||0.5|
|Pressure Flow Rate||2.0|
|Size||9-3/4" H x 2-7/8" W, 0.5 Micron|
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|Manufacturer Series Number||CBC|
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This Pentek CBC-10 carbon filter cartridge reduces fine sediment, chlorine taste and odor, and protozoan cysts in residential and commercial drinking water. It has a nominal (85%) filtration rating of 0.5 micron, and 99.95% efficiency for the reduction of protozoan cysts. It will reduce free available chlorine (FAC) at 2 parts per million (ppm) by at least 90% in up to 20,000 gallons at a flow rate of 2 gallons per minute (gpm). This cartridge is made of bonded powdered activated carbon (PAC) filter media wrapped in polyolefin with polyethylene outer netting. The nitrile butadiene rubber (Buna-N) gaskets seal the cartridge against the housing (sold separately). The cartridge has an initial pressure drop of 3.7 pounds per square inch (psi) at a flow rate of 2 gallons per minute (gpm), and operates over a temperature range of 40 to 180 degrees F (4.4 to 82.2 degrees C). This carbon block filter cartridge meets National Sanitation Foundation/American National Standards Institute (NSF/ANSI) standard 42 for quality assurance, and is for purification of residential and commercial drinking water.
|Nominal filtration rating||0.5 micron|
|Initial pressure drop at 2 gpm||3.7 psi|
|Removal of protozoan cysts||99.95%|
|Chlorine reduction capacity||20,000 gallons at 2 gpm|
|Temperature range||40 to 180 degrees F (4.4 to 82.2 degrees C)|
|Maximum dimensions (H x W)||9-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (248 x 73 mm)|
|Materials certification||NSF/ANSI standard 42|
The nominal filtration rating is for a particle removal efficiency of 85%. Protozoan cysts include Giardia, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, and Toxoplasma. Chlorine reduction capacity is the minimum total amount of water for which the free available chlorine (FAC) at a concentration of 2 ppm is reduced by at least 90%.
H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.
Water filters remove undesirable particles, chemicals, and microorganisms from water by means of a semipermeable barrier, adsorption, or biological processes. They are made of densely packed synthetic or natural fibers that trap suspended particles, materials that block microbes or adsorb unwanted chemicals, or substances that cause a chemical change, such as acid neutralization. For most residential, commercial, and industrial applications, water filters are manufactured in the form of replaceable cartridges that fit inside permanent housings. Filtration systems typically consist of a series of two or more types of filters, each designed to remove different contaminants. The performance of filters is measured by the minimum particle size that is blocked, the percentage of particles or microorganisms that are removed, the downstream concentration of unwanted chemicals, the maximum flow rate, and the amount of water that can be filtered before the filter must be replaced. Water filters are used in a wide range of applications, including drinking water purification, swimming pools, industrial processes, and irrigation, among others.
Pentair manufactures industrial, commercial, and residential water filtration components and systems. The company, founded in 1966 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards 9001 and 14001 for quality assurance.
Size: 9-3/4" H x 2-7/8" W, 0.5 Micron
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My house still has some galvanized pipes that are rusty and impart noticeable odor and taste in my water. This filter does an effective job at removing this. Also my city makes the water smell like a swimming pool. That smell is 100% gone now.
I bought this one over similarly-priced granulated carbon filters at Lowes for that extra level of protection offered by block carbon. It is built very sturdily and has a good weight to it. The micron filter on the outside feels high quality.
Carbon block is a very basic but effective filtering method that won't remove everything but does a good job of general improvements to municipal crap water. I would recommend if you're on a budget and want to upgrade from Brita filters or need to swap out an old granulated carbon filter. I feel like the multi-stage filters do a better job and get out more metals and chemicals, but they cost 4x more than carbon and don't last long. I'm comfortable enough with this filter as a safety measure for better water.
As for the label that has so many people up in arms, this filter contains plastic. Unless you are using this filter in an area where it is subject to high heat and sunlight, it won't make you ill. Think or it this way, have you ever left a water bottle in a hot car for a few weeks? If you have then the water probably tasted or smelled off, that is because of the plastic. The same principal applies to this filter. Don't use it on the hot water side of the sink and don't expose it to direct sunlight while in use.
There are downsides to sub-micron filtration. Most predictably, the flow rate is slower. A more surprising effect is that it made our water taste flat. It's not a softening filter, so it didn't make sense at first how this could be possible. Before installing an under-sink filter, we used a Brita pitcher, which while inconvenient and expensive, made great tasting drinking water (and tea and coffee). We live in Brooklyn, where the water quality is very good, with very low hardness. We just use filters to get rid of chlorine, and nasty flavors and odors from the pipes in our building.
I then learned that total dissolved solids, not just hardness, can effect flavor. And TDS includes suspended particles that are smaller than 2 microns. This means that 0.5 micron filter could significantly reduce TDS, thereby changing the water flavor—in our case, for the worst.
We switched to Pentek's EP-10 filter. It's basically the same thing, but filters to 5 microns. As if by magic, our water now tastes great. Better than the Brita water. Flow rate is about 33% higher than with the CBC-10. Not a huge difference, but something.
So I guess I'd recommend this to someone who needs carbon filtration, and would like to reduce total dissolved solids, but who doesn't need a full-on water softener.
Some cites have deep wells where they get the water but its not always clean and sometimes doesn't pass regulations. Every once in a while when I change my filters I have chunks of nasty stuck to my first stage filter. sometimes it looks like metal and other times it looks like ectoplasmic residue from ghost busters. I could never drink city/well water. Some day I hope to setup a Reverse Osmosis so I can have clean water from almost any source. I love the water in Colorado but even that has salmon spawn in it :)
After about 3-4 months I have to change my filters because they are clogged. My first two stages are heavy as rocks.