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Water leaking Please help me find the problem why water is leaking from the pod basket? This happens when you steam the milk. I did try to clean the upper sreen and unscrewed the plunger with a spring built into it. I think I need that part but dont know where to find it. please help Stevyn

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Have you ever descaled your machine. This will clean out scale build up where the seal is and allow it to seat again. Use starbucks descaler( make sure that it is desolved), or Durgol. Run about 8 ozs through your machine steam wand, then turn it off and let it set for about 10 minutes. Then turn it on and let it warm up. then brew without your portifilter. and let it set. repeat until the tank is empty.

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