I had a fire in my pump room that, by absolute luck, was noticed by a mason working on my deck. He put it out with water. I wasn't home at the time. Could have been a disaster.
The fire burned a 4 pack box of gallon 20 baume muriatic acid. The top portion of the jugs are melted and collapsed and lifting them causes them to leak. I moved them into the alley behind my house, first dusting the ground with baking soda.
I tried to neutralize one of the gallons by pouring it into a water filled 5 gallon pail, then adding baking soda to that. Lots of foaming and it took 2 of the Costco $7, 14 lb bags to neutralize it. Finally got it to above 7 pH.
Is this an OK approach? It's a little time consuming waiting for the foaming to subside before adding more and more baking soda. Would soda ash be a better way?