My second instance of thread necromancy in one day... Ah well, at least I'm using the search feature, right?
I will finally be getting around to descaling my machine for the first time after 11 months of ownership (I know, I feel terrible already), using Dezcal that I finally got around to ordering.
It's a Silvia, and I make 10 or less doubles a week. I use only water from my Brita filter, no water softener (until now
) and water in Montreal is I believe
about 7 grains (water report here
Question is, considering that our water is kind of hard, and it's been a while, should I leave the descaler in the boiler for longer periods of time, or run two packages of descaler through, or anything like that?
And seeing as I don't think my Silvia has a chromed GH interior (I'm thinking of Jim's warning in the thread about descaling HXs), can anyone think of any reason I shouldn't do my regular backflushing and removal and cleaning of dispersion screen, etc., with JoeGlo right afterwards? Is it unnecessary, because the descaler cleans this too?
Come to think of it, is it better to remove the dispersion screen and that big chunk of brass under it during this process, in case any chunks of scale come out? (I know I'd have to be aware of the crotch-directed water jets if I did, though.)
Thanks to everyone in advance for their help!