Water softener salt damage to concrete

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Water softener salt damage to concrete

About a year ago our water softener case cracked and the salt water spilled on to the garage floor. The cement is being eaten away by the salt water. I've cleaned it several times but the damage continues. Does anyone have a suggestion?
 
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Welcome to the forums Ajgonz!

Is it possible to flush the concrete well with water? or will that soak the walls too?
 
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I moved your post to its own thread since the other one had nothing to do with yours.
 
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Yes. I have soaked the area several times but it continues to erode. Thanks
 
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It probably needs more than soaking. Soaking will dilute the salt but will also cause it to soak into the concrete. Flushing removes the salt on the surface and moves it away. I don't know if it's too late to effectively flush out the salt or not
 
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Old 04-14-13, 06:38 AM
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A pressure washer would help remove and flush salt from the floor surface.
It would be most effective if you could temporarily remove the softener and brine tank.

Getting the wall briefly wet would not do any significant damage.
Just blast the floor at close range and have someone sweep away any accumulating water with a push broom or squeegee.
 
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