Corrosion is a natural process, which makes it an inevitable concern. For businesses, corroded metal is a sight no construction manager or owner ever wants to see. Business owners understand the frustrations of many individuals with dealing with corrosion, which is why Euro-Blast NZ Ltd shares a five-point plan in addressing, removing and preventing corrosion in your construction project.

Address corrosion as soon as it starts

The longer you leave corrosion untreated, the more the damage it will cause, and the larger the repair bill is likely to be. Small rust spots require only a minor amount of sanding or brushing and/or filling.

Protect the metal from corrosion

Regular maintenance will allow you to keep an eye on any trouble spots and help you identify areas need a coat of anti-corrosive primer. Anti-corrosive primer can help in preventing damage before it reaches substantial levels. This works wonders in keeping exposed metals in optimal condition.

Scrape or sand the corrosion away

With some dedication and elbow grease, you can remove rust from any metal surface, at least to a decent-looking degree. If you want a to completely remove all rust from your corroded metal surfaces, approaching professionals is still the best option. They have the equipment and experience to deal with any sort and severity of corrosion, often saving you time and providing a better quality finish than if you did it yourself .

Use corrosion’s chemistry against it

Phosphoric acid, a compound used in everything from colas to fertiliser, is also an effective rust remover. It does not function like your typical cleaning agent. Phosphoric acid works by converting corrosion into ferric phosphate – a black powdery substance. This black powder is far easier to scrub off, and even doubles as a decent layer of resistance against further corrosion since the material has reacted as much as it can.

Fill in any gaps or vulnerabilities

Once you have cleaned and cleared any corroded parts of your metalwork you will need to fill and re-paint any holes you have in your metal. Having holes in your metalwork can reduce the structural integrity and durability of the material and cause even more damage if left unchecked.

If corrosion has already taken its toll on a structure, and the structure is just too big for you to deal with by yourself, you may want to call in expert help. Corrosion control specialists can help you save damaged metal sections, and ensure both the eradication of rust as well as the prevention of future vulnerabilities from arising.

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