Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

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Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Mr Mac » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:07 pm

Where I live the water is rock hard.
Every time I run my T500, I'm left with a crescent of hard dots on the base of the boiler.
I've been using a scrubby sponge thing to get them off, but it's really starting to p!ss me off.

I do have a handful of those ceramic boil enhancer yokes in there - only because they came with the boiler - would more of these help?
Don't really want to buy a water softener, as it's not my house.
At home, my water is as soft as gossamer - pity they ruin it with chlorine!

I remember some of ye good folks live in hard water areas, so I'm sure you've figured this out?

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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by gaza the instructor » Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:27 pm

Know your problem, same here in London. I use a strong solution
of brewers bleach, like VWP, run the still with 10ltrs in for 30mins
then turn off and let it sit overnight. Then empty and rinse. It
keeps mine shiny and bright. :lol:
By the way, don't like those ceramic teeth thingys. They discolour
and remind me to much of my smiling Wife. I use old copper coins
I have quite a collection soak them in Citric Acid or coke and all
is shiny :D :D
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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Mash » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:37 am

Citric acid or white vinegar will get rid of the limescale. Stainless scrubbies assist if it is stubborn.
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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Mr Mac » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:31 pm

Thanks for the advice.
I’ll try some citric acid after the next run.

Do the copper coins prevent the limescale building in the first place?

Might be talking poop, but vaguely remember reading somewhere about using marbles in the base of a boiler - can’t recall where, or even why.

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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by gaza the instructor » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:09 pm

All to prevent a surge boil or puke, not nice.
Marbles work, but it is said that Copper Coins
are best, Copper in the wash is a good thing. :D
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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by phantom » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:05 pm

Hard water here too.

I don't bother with it, I just get 25ltr cans of RO (reverse osmosis) water from the aquarium shop for £3.50 per fill up ( obviously, with no fish minerals)..........

Works a treat IMO.......

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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:14 pm

If I don't scoosh the inside of my SS boiler every once in a while with an SS scrubby, it goes brown.
We have very soft water, but over the last 25 years have lost the obvious peat staining.
Not sure whether my current brown is due to peat or wash residue.
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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Mash » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:50 pm

I think that brown is universal country wide shite, I get it, seen it on the south coast. The water distiller claim it is pesticides and chemical residues?

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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Easydrinker » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:31 am

I thought the saying was "It's Life, Live it?"
Liking it is kinda hard right now :)

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Re: Hard water deposits on the base of T500.

Post by Mash » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:39 am

It's Life.. Like it.

My little play on words. Perhaps a good phrase for metal health week.
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