Often mistaken as a sterilizer, Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is primarily utilized by cultivators as a mineral descaler, reducing the potentially detrimental build-up of mineral salts that can clog drip emitters and films within irrigation plumbing. If left untreated, these build-ups can interrupt irrigation cycles, leading to plant dehydration and other related issues.
Typically, ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) is the metric used to read the oxidative properties of water that has been treated with HOCL. Using this metric, growers are able to ensure crop health is maintained while hitting targets to ensure the actives are sufficient to provide an effective control of scale. Typically, cultivators utilizing Hypochlorous Acid maintain an ORP of 250-350mV (millivolts) which provides the potency necessary while avoiding the potential for crop stress.