Always take extreme care when handling acids and bases, as hazardous reactions may occur and fumes may be produced.
- Acids and bases are corrosive and can cause severe skin and eye damage.
Dilute and flush
- Do not follow these procedures if your home is connected to a septic tank. Even in diluted form, these chemicals can destroy the bacterial action in your septic system and drain field.
Never dispose of acids and bases on the ground, in a storm drain or gutter, because they can contaminate groundwater, surface water and drinking water supplies.
- Provide adequate ventilation by opening windows and doors and/or turning on a room fan.
- Wear protective clothing such as chemical-resistant gloves, eye protection and long sleeves.
- Unless the package directions specify otherwise, carefully pour one-quarter to one-half-cup of the acid or base into 2 to 5 gallons of water, taking care not to splash or spill.
- Always add the chemical to the water and not the water to the chemical.
- Failure to dilute the concentrate may seriously damage pipes or other parts of your plumbing.
- Pour the diluted solution slowly down the drain, flushing with large amounts of water and taking care not to splash.
- Continue disposing in 2- to 5-gallon batches of diluted solution until completely gone.
- Don't mix products. Wait several hours between disposing of different types of products to allow each to clear your sewer lines.
- The best time to do this is during the working day when the sewage system is in full use so this material passes through the municipal sewage system faster.