While on the plus side, London's water, with about 109 mg of calcium per litre provides about 12% of the recommended daily allowance of that mineral, it seriously causes problems with our appliances.
Its not too difficult to descale appliances using various OTC citrus based products. Typically you dissolve the granules in water and run the mixture through the appliance in question once or twice and its as good as new.
However our water closet is completely different. I purchased this flat in 2001 and the English woman who resided here previously (and hoarded here and went crazy here and died here) never did any maintenance.
The tank in the water closet is now taking almost an hour to refill between flushes. Its not an issue with water pressure; the water closet is on the second floor which is served by dedicated tank hidden away in our study (common for flats on this era, as the East End's old Victorian mains didn't have sufficient pressure to drive water much higher than one story). Also, the shower & sink in the adjoining bathroom, also on the second floor, work fine, if a little slowly - but their inlet pipes are much wider.
I'm competent in woodwork and basic electrical work (since acquiring the flat I've refinished all the floors, laid laminate, built a couple of walk in closets, etc) but know precisely nothing about plumbing, and I don't really have the time to learn unfortunately.
So what can I do to clear presumably clogged water pipes leading into
our toilet's tank of limescale?
Just to clarify; I've already seen this question
, which deals with limescale in the bowel. I scrub the toilet bowl weekly, use gel dispensers on the sides and "big blue blocks" in the tank so the bowel is very, very clean. Mrs Mutant is very happy with the state of the toilet bowl - it's the tank
we're having problems with.
I've popped the lid and taken a look / see, and I'm kind of thinking we're approaching total replacement time here but, being frugal, I'd really rather not.