Do Saltwater Flushes Work?
The answer to this question depends on your personal situation and what you want from your water system. If you have a well or septic tank that is not being used, then saltwater flushing will likely provide no benefit whatsoever. If you have a well or septic tank that is being used, then it may be beneficial if done properly. A saltwater flush is when you use a solution of sodium chloride (salt) to remove chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals and other contaminants from your water supply.
Salt Water Flush Benefits:
Removes chlorine, chloramine and other harmful chemicals from the water. Removes fluoride from drinking water. Prevents fish kills due to excessive nitrates in tap water. Prevents algae growth in lakes and ponds. Improves taste and odor of water.
Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is a common household chemical found in many products such as bleach, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, deodorant and toothpaste. Sodium chloride is also used in pharmaceuticals such as cough syrup and pain relievers like Tylenol. It’s also commonly added to swimming pools for its anti-chlorine properties. While Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is safe to use on your skin and internally in small amounts, it can be very dangerous when not used properly.
Sodium Chloride (NaCl) can cause major problems when used improperly. If too much is used, it can cause major issues with your water quality. For this reason, it’s always best to consult a professional before using any chemicals in your water supply. In the last decade, more and more people are using salt water as a means of softening water. If your goal is to remove the chlorine and other chemicals from your drinking water, then a saltwater flush may be a good idea for you.
How Does Salt Water Flushing Work?
Most cities and towns add chlorine to tap water during the treatment process. If left untreated, this chlorine can cause serious damage to your appliances such as hot water heaters and washing machines.
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Mitigating salt-water intrusion through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks by S Mausshardt, G Singleton – Journal of waterway, port, coastal, and …, 1995 – ascelibrary.org
Pollution and tidal flushing predictions for Oregon’s estuaries by B Choi – 1975 – ir.library.oregonstate.edu
Effect of flush water temperature and type on commercial shoreline cleaning agent efficiency by MA Tumeo, A Cote – Journal of Soil Contamination, 1998 – Taylor & Francis