spilled battery acid
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: faithful-ga
List Price: $10.00
07 Sep 2003 06:09 PDT
Expires: 07 Oct 2003 06:09 PDT
Question ID: 253151
There was a spilled battery in the trunk of my car. Somehow it spilled and now there is battery acid all over the trunk. What damage will it do? and how can I best clean it up? This makes me very nervous
Re: spilled battery acid
Answered By: till-ga on 07 Sep 2003 06:46 PDT
First of all: be very, very careful. Battery acid is a dangerous chemical ! Avoid contact with skin and eyes ! Battery acid is about 35 % sulfur acid and may cause several damages: "Inhalation Battery electrolyte acid mist generated during battery formation may cause respiratory irritation. Skin Contact Battery electrolyte (acid) may cause irritative contact dermatitis. Skin Absorption Eye Contact Battery electrolyte (acid) will irritate the eyes upon contact." From: Interstate Batteries ( http://www.interstatebatteries.com/www_2001/content/products/msds/msds_acid_ca.doc ) And battery acid may cause corrosion (or even destruct) materials as it concentrates by evaporation of the contained water. So you got to be careful and wear safety goggles and acid resistant gauntlets to avoid any contact with you skin and eyes. And of course protect your clothes form contact with the acid as it will cause wholes in them when concentrating. What you should do then is take out any removable material out the trunk and clean it with a lot of water. You should use an neutralizing agent to clean the rest of the trunk then. This will turn the acid into a (rather) harmless salt that can then be removed without the danger of being hurt. Description of a neutralizer: Wildpower Battery (http://www.wilpowerbattery.com/ACCESSORIES/n3.htm ) Or you can use simple baking soda (cheaper !) as described at Ecarcenter Keep a neutralizing agent, such as baking soda, nearby in case of leaks or spills. If a spill does occur, the waste must be treated as a hazardous waste. (http://www.ecarcenter.org/ny/ny-batteries.htm ) I hope that these hints are useful for you. Please remember to be very careful ! And you should act rather fast as time plays an important rule as well. The faster you remove the acid from your trunk, the less corrosion will appear. Please donīt hesitate to post a clarification request if anything wasnīt clear enough before rating my answer. till-ga Search Strategy: ( ://www.google.de/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=lead%2Dbattery+acid+neutralizing ) and (://www.google.de/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=battery+acid+security ) and my personal knowledge as a chemist.
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Thanks for answering so promptly.
Re: spilled battery acid
From: till-ga on 09 Sep 2003 01:38 PDT
Sorry, Iīve forgotten one word in a sentence in my clarification. "What you will see when sprinkling the soda over the spill are bubbles (or maybe foam)." is the correct sentence. till-ga
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