One of the most common causes of a buildup of rust in your house is water damage. Water is the number one enemy of metal. It is no wonder then that our forefathers would have felt water damage to be an enemy unto themselves. In modern times, water damage is often accompanied by rust.
A buildup of rust in your home can be a real pain. It can destroy the surface of your metal items and harm your health as well. If you don’t take immediate action, the damage will only get worse. How does this happen? Let’s look at how water damage causes rust.
Water enters a house through doors, windows, or any other type of opening that allows water into the building. As water moves around the building, it picks up rust along the way. It picks up along the exposed metal near the floor where it makes contact with the ground.
This leads to rust. Water also gets into things like water heaters and furnaces, causing them to overheat and rust. You might be wondering why you would get rust on certain metals while you do not on others. The answer is moisture. Water gets into metal, just as it does into anything else.
Even though some metals are harder than others, the moisture can still get in. The end result is that you get some rust on certain areas of your metal item or the entire thing could dissolve. How do you prevent this? First, make sure that all basements have proper water drainage. Make sure there is plenty of sump pump so that water flows out of your building instead of right over the top.
Make sure the floor above ground level is at least six feet away from the sump. Make sure you clear away debris regularly so that none of it gets into the sump. If you have a basement in your building, then use a wet/dry shop vac for exterior cleaning. It will suck up any materials that get into the area including rust.
It will be important to use a shop vac that has a long hose to make sure the entire area is cleaned. If you are indoors and you forget to clean up before you go out, remember that dust can get into everything. Take care of this outside cleaning too. Using MIL DTL 5541 will also help tons because of its anti-corrosive elements.
Avoid using any type of metal object to try to clean up this build-up. For example, try washing potted plants using your garden hose. Use an old toothbrush and scrub the dirt from around the edges. If you have any metal objects, try cutting them with a knife until they are no longer visible.
Do not put tape over them, because that makes it difficult for the paint to stick. The most important thing to remember is if you need to do any kind of maintenance on your building or home, you should always call a professional. Avoid trying to fix your rust because it can get worse if you don’t deal with it as soon as possible.
There are also many commercial products that you can buy at your local home store or hardware store that will help you avoid rust build-up. Just remember that rust will always come back if you don’t take care of it. Prevention is always better than the cure.
Avoid exposing your metal objects to rain, snow, dew, ice, or water for extended periods of time. You should also avoid exposing your building to extreme temperatures. Those three things can significantly increase the chances of rust appearing in your building.
Keep your objects out of direct sunlight so that they don’t get damaged by the intense rays of the sun. If you do want to leave them out in the sun, make sure that you cover them up. Use distilled water when washing your vehicle. This will eliminate the chances of water getting into the metal parts.
If you use tap water, you should pour just enough water that is necessary to make the entire surface wet. It is very difficult to clean metal without water. If you don’t want to waste money and your time, then you should use distilled water. Building materials used inside your home should be resistant to rust.
You should avoid using nails and screws that have a tendency to rust. Metal objects inside your home should also be treated in order to avoid getting rusted. Those things include your outdoor benches and garden tables. The best way to avoid rust build-up is to prevent it from happening in the first place.