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The Most Common Causes for the Onset of Rust


Rust, it is an element we have all had to deal with at some point in our lives. It has the power to whittle even the hardiest materials down to their frames in very little time. Besides being an eyesore, rust can undermine the structural integrity of materials, appliances and constructions when left unchecked, and can even pose a range of health risks. There are certain conditions under which rust really thrives, and by limiting these conditions in your living and working spaces, you can effectively reduce damages caused by rust, or can keep those materials and appliances better protected through the right types of treatment. So to help you understand it better, here are a few situations that foster the onset and spread of rust, so that you can try and avoid them.

Consistently Damp Weather Conditions

Damp is a major culprit when it comes to causes for rust, and anywhere where it is persistent automatically becomes a problem area. In areas with consistent rain or foggy conditions are more likely to encounter rust than others, especially where outside materials and appliances are concerned.  In most cases where the outdoors is concerned, there are few reasonable ways to stop materials from getting (and staying) wet. However, materials that are constantly exposed to wet conditions can be treated with anti-rust paint to extend their lifespans in harsh conditions.

Water Damage and Leaks

Damp conditions are not just a problem for outdoor materials, but are often a concern indoors as well. This is particularly true for any areas that may have damp conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Any interior places where water is used pose a risk; and anywhere where there is damage from leaks or damp, even more so. Because of this, it is a good idea to ensure that indoor spaces have adequate ventilation and that leaks and water damage are dealt with appropriately; lest rust spreads to any metallic materials therein.

A Coastal Environment

Coastal environments, where high humidity and salt levels in the air conspire to oxidise and eat away at metals,  rust is a commonplace concern. Materials in these areas need to be better protected since there is often little you can do to improve the environment. Using rust proofing paint on materials on these areas is not just a good idea, but may actually be a crucial task.

Contact Rust Tech to Learn More

To find out more about how our products and services can help you to eliminate rust from your home, office or factory, contact a representative from Rust Tech Johannesburg today, or visit our website to learn more about our offers.


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