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Living & Working in the Pollensa Area This forum is for any comments, questions and advice about living (permanently or temporarily) and working in the Pollensa area. Aimed at ex-pats, property owners etc.

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:04
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Question What maintenance is needed due to calcium in the water?

What equipment needs regular maintenance due to the calcium in the water, just thinking that prevention is the best option. Not sure how we would service the water heater though.
What products do most people use to keep their taps/shower heads clear?
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Hi Whaley,
For shower heads, toilets and cisterns we use "Agua Fuerte" liquid (available in all the supermarkets) but be very very careful with it, never use it with bleach as it causes a chemical reaction that gives off a gas that is dangerous if you inhale it.
For the coffee maker and kettle we use a descaler, a powder that comes in individual satchets (only available in Schlecker). Hope this helps.
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Water heaters need a professional to drain down and clean out and may well put in a new thermostat bar if it is too calcified.
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For kettle and coffee maker you cant beat a cheap vinegar.
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for the taps you should unscrew the ends every couple of weeks to clear any build up of Calc this helps with the water preasure and if ever your boiler wont fire up most times its because these are blocked and restricting the flow. It only takes a couple of mins but well worth it and so easy to do
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While on this topic here is a little tip for people who are out on Holiday and renting a Villa or apartment. if you find the water pressure in the shower isn't very good. just pop out to the supermarket and buy a new shower head they are really cheap and just screw on.
before we bought our own place I used to do this all the time often shower heads get a little blocked because of the Call and don't work as efficiently as they should or you may like..
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I agree with Senor cigar cheap vinegar is best any item shower head or if you can remove the shower head rings the tap head filter mesh remove and place in vinegar over night job done.
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While on this topic here is a little tip for people who are out on Holiday and renting a Villa or apartment. if you find the water pressure in the shower isn't very good. just pop out to the supermarket and buy a new shower head they are really cheap and just screw on.
We do the same, the shower head at a rental villa was a bit blocked and grotty looking, nothing to clean it with so we bought a new shower head for about 4 euros from a supermarket.

That shower head is now very well travelled as it goes with us everywhere
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Water heaters need to be descaled on a regular basis - probably every couple of years. Comfort will do this - around 200 euros I think, depending on the amount of work involved and the state of the elments.
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Old 10-05-2011, 20:29
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I certainly agree that the water heaters do need regular maintenance and de-cal treatments, but we use our plumber every year to do ours and also for our friends and it is so much cheaper than Confort. The price will depend on the size of the water heater, but we have a large one for a 3 bedroom property and it was still less than half the price of Confort. I am not saying Confort don´t do a great job, just throwing another option into the mix !

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When flushing the pipes with Chemicals, make sure its clean before using the water.

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Thats a sad little story. But you are right about running the water clear after having it all done. I made the mistake of rinsing my mouth out with the tap water on our first night of arrival after the tank had been descaled - OMG, I will NEVER make that mistake again! But at least I am still around to tell the tale - poor fish.
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Hi Whaley,
For shower heads, toilets and cisterns we use "Agua Fuerte" liquid (available in all the supermarkets) but be very very careful with it, never use it with bleach as it causes a chemical reaction that gives off a gas that is dangerous if you inhale it.
For the coffee maker and kettle we use a descaler, a powder that comes in individual satchets (only available in Schlecker). Hope this helps.
Sparky, Never used it with bleach, but overdid it cleaning the bath the other day, got a right lung full, fairly made the eyes water!

Anyway, it fairly does a wonderful job with very little effort. Is there a UK equivelent?
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UK quivalent of agua fuerte? Hydrochloric acid!!!!!!!!

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UK quivalent of agua fuerte? Hydrochloric acid!!!!!!!!

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There is a kinder product that works great its called Anti Call the supermarkets all sell it and it works great and is not Acid
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