Pelican Whole House Water Filter

W ater cleanliness is required not only when it comes to the water you consume for hydration purposes, but for the water you use for cooking and showering/bathing. Needless to say, appliances which use water during their operation need for the liquid to be softened and preferably impurity-free for their lifespan to not be cut short. Alas, the poor quality of water that comes from the municipal systems or from sources like wells makes it impossible to enjoy clean water without some form of water purification system.

Knowing that this is an issue which greatly affects most U.S. households, Pelican Water Systems, a company renowned and respected on the home water treatment market, has released a series of systems that specifically tend to the removal of impurities and contaminants from the water while it is still inside the pipes, before reaching its final destination which could potentially be your drinking glass.

Whole house filtration systems

Pelican Water Systems prides itself with two releases that have revolutionized the home water treatment market, more precisely the PC600 which is best suited for small and medium-sized homes with 1-3 bathrooms, and the PC1000 system that is intended for use in large-sized homes with 4-6 bathrooms. These whole house systems provide a hefty purification process granted by their 4-stage filtration process during which quality media are employed to dramatically reduce contaminant content from the water that runs through the pipes. This way, when it reaches the tap, shower, or any other source, the water you use and consume will be 100% impurity-free.

 

PC600

Picture Specs
Capacity Flow rate Operating pressure Operating temperature Warranty
600,000 gal. 12 GPM 25 – 80 PSI 36°F – 120°F Lifetime

 

PC1000

Picture Specs
Capacity Flow rate Operating pressure Operating temperature Warranty
1,000,000 gal. 16 GPM 25 – 80 PSI 36°F – 120°F Lifetime

 

Overview

Chlorine reduction efficiency

What interests the most in these systems is their efficiency when tackling the removal of chlorine from the water as this is the main contaminant which plagues our drinking water, causing it to have a funky smell and taste. Luckily, by installing either of the aforementioned systems, whether it is the PC600 or the PC1000 model, you won’t have to worry about chlorine content in tap water as it will be reduced up to 97%. Thus, no more bad taste and odor, and the air inside the bathroom will be purer as well as chlorine vapors won’t be released every time you shower/bathe.

 

Filtration stages
  • Stage 1 –> 5-micron pre-filter: It reduces sand, debris, silt, and sediment down to 5 microns in order to enhance the effectiveness of the filtration media which succeed it.
  • Stages 2 & 3 –> Catalytic granular activated carbon media: It is designed to remove chlorine and chloramines that deteriorate the taste and smell of the water. Furthermore, it eliminates other health-threatening impurities, including pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and industrial solvents.
  • Stage 4 –> KDF-55 media: This bacteriostatic copper-zinc reduction oxidation media tends to the prevention and reduction of algae and bacteria growth to ensure utter purity of the water that runs through the pipes.

 

Maintenance

There is not much needed on your part when it comes to maintenance as care and cleaning are required only once every 5 years. Buy the replacement media and install it as instructed in the user manual when the 5-year period since the moment of installation passes, and you are ensured to have a well-functioning system of your hands.

The only maintenance chore that needs your attention more often is replacing the sediment pre-filter once every 6 to 9 months, depending on how large is the quantity of sediment present in the water.

  • Tip: If you notice a slowing of the pressure yet the system doesn’t give any signs of malfunctioning, it might mean that the sediment filter needs to be replaced ahead of time. It is an unlikely occurrence, but there are extreme cases where sediment contamination is so severe that replacement of filtration media is required more often than normally advised by the manufacturer.

 

Troubleshooting
Problem Solution
Tank leans This indicates that the tank is not properly leveled. What you must do is lift it up 6 inches and tap it until it sits in a perfectly vertical position. It has a round bottom, the boot allowing it to stand upright if leveled correctly.
Water leaks Water can leak from the top side of the tank around the head, and what you should do in this situation is turn the head in order to tighten it. Usually, it comes pre-installed hand-tight, so make sure you don’t accidentally over-tighten it but rather only turn it slightly.
Water is grey or cloudy If this happens during the first few days after the installation procedure, have patience as it is a normal occurrence and it will pass on its own. The extra carbon dust is what causes it, and there is no reason for you to worry if the issue emerges.
Water pressure is slowing Check the sediment filter and, if needed, replace it as it is the most likely source for the drop witnessed in water pressure. It is instructed that you replace this part once every 6 to 9 months, depending on the exact amount of sediment in the water supply. However, replacement could be required more often depending on your specific situation.

UV systems

There are two UV filtration systems that you can add to the PC600 or PC1000 models to enhance their water purifications capabilities, the UV Max PUV-7 being compatible with the PC600, while the UV Max PUV-14 is installable on the PC1000. Due to the presence of the disinfections system, you won’t have to worry about waterborne pathogenic organisms which may cause various illnesses as these microorganisms will be completely eliminated so that you don’t ingest them. Basically, UV filtration tends to the elimination of viruses, bacteria, and pathogens, and it even prevents their reproducing.
 

Overview

Specs and basic information
Picture Spec/Info
UV Max PUV-7
Peak flow rate Maximum power draw UV lamp power Dimensions Warranty
16 GPM 50 Watts 40 Watts Chamber: 10.5” x 4”
Lamp sleeve: 16”
1 year, 3 years, 10 years
UV Max PUV-14
Peak flow rate Maximum power draw UV lamp power Dimensions Warranty
34 GPM 83 Watts 70 Watts Chamber: 30” x 4”
Lamp sleeve: 25.5”
1 year, 3 years, 10 years

 

Operation
  • Lamp lifespan: On the controller screen, the lamp life will be displayed, counting down the number of days until it requires changing from 365 days to 1 day. In day “0”, instead of displaying this number, “A3” will appear on the screen.
  • Lamp failure: When the screen goes blank, it means that there is a UV lamp failure. In addition to the blank screen, an intermittent audible tone will go off to let you know that the system requires your attention so that you may remedy the situation.
  • Total operational days: On the screen, the total running time of the controller is displayed so that you may easily track all operational aspects which interest you. For example, as the pre-filter of the base system needs to be changed once every 6 to 9 months, this time tracking comes in handy as you can check the controller to see when the routine maintenance period comes.
  • A3 code: As aforementioned, when the lamp reaches the end of its life, the code “A3” will be shown on the LED display, and an audible alarm is sent off up to 4 separate times to announce you that it is time to make the replacement.

 

Troubleshooting
Problem Cause Solution
Water pressure is slowing Clogged sediment filter The 6 to 9-month replacement period has passed of the high sediment contamination of the water has over-solicited it, and you can easily fix the issue by replacing the pre-filter.
Flow regulator When it approaches full flow, it can cause this issue to emerge.
Overheated water Common when water is not frequently used Let the water run until the ambient temperature is reached.
Milky coloration of the water Air in the water lines Let the water run until all the air is purged.
Bacteria in the water Sudden water quality change Test a water sample to see if parameters are within what the allowable limits of the system.
Sediment has broken through the pre-filter Test a water sample for turbidity levels as a more thorough pre-filtration may be needed to remove all sediments entering the system.
Stained or dirty quartz sleeve Use a scale cleaner to clean the sleeve and eliminate the potential source of the staining.
Intermittent shut down of the system Controlled is interrupted Install the UV system probably as you likely installed it on a circuit that is integrated into a light switch.
Make sure that the system is installed on its own circuit for other equipment to not draw power away from it.
Water leak Excessive humidity and cold water caused condensation Check to find the location of the disinfection system and control humidity.
O-ring seal issue Make sure the O-ring is in place, check for abrasions, clean it, moisten it with lubricant, reinstall, or replace if necessary.

Salt-free softeners

For those who rely on well water rather than the municipal system for their everyday needs, a more thorough filtration solution is needed because there are different types of contamination issues with this water, issues that emerge as the water is not passed through filtration like tap water from the municipal system is. Generally, hardness is the main issue of well water, so it is recommended that you opt for a salt-free softener for it to tackle your specific set of water quality issues. The two options put at your display by Pelican feature are combo filter and softener systems which specifically target the hardness issue besides the classic quality contaminant elimination provided by the basic systems.

Potential well water contaminants and their effect
  • Nitrites and nitrates: Present in fertilizers, human sewage, animal waste, and chemical fertilizers, high levels cause methomoglobinemia in newborns, and reduce the ability of your blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body.
  • Organic chemicals: Found in inks, dyes, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, sealants, and a wide range of products, high levels cause damage to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, nervous system, and even the circulatory system.
  • Fluoride: Normal levels can indeed help in preventing tooth decay, but high amounts have repercussions as they can lead to skeletal fluorosis, tooth discoloration, dental fluorosis, and teeth pitting.
  • Radionuclides: Released from coal mining, nuclear power production, uranium mining and milling, high levels increase the risk of cancer and cause toxic kidney effects.
  • Heavy metals: High levels lead to acute and chronic toxicity, intestinal damage, liver damage, kidney damage, anemia, and even cancer.

 

Overview

Operation and specifications
Picture Specification PSE1800 PSE2000
Service flow rate 8 GPM 12 GPM
Peak flow rate 12 GPM 16 GPM
Operating pressure 25 – 80 PSI
Operating temperature 36°F – 120°F
pH range 7 – 11

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