Question: I regularly pump acid out of a drum and am worried about the pump or hose leaking and damaging the concrete floor. Is there something I can put down on the floor to catch any leaks or drips?
Answer: One solution would be to lay down a compatible absorbent mat to catch any leaks and drips from the pump or hose. Another option is to put the drums on a secondary containment device, like a modular spill deck. The sump would catch any leaks and drips, potentially allowing you to reuse the recovered acid.
Because the acid you’re handling is hazardous, it is important to keep leaks and drips under control, both from a safety and an environmental standpoint. You should regularly check the pump, hose and fittings and replace worn parts to prevent leaks altogether.
The hose should also be hung up to prevent residual liquid in the hose from dripping on the floor while the pump isn’t in use. In addition, some facilities consider resurfacing the floor underneath the pump with an epoxy coating to prevent etching.
Depending on how much acid you’re working with, having a spill kit on hand is another great way to respond to larger spills. You can see how the PIG Acid Neutralizing Spill Kit in a Bucket works here.