Metals such as steel Houston can experience corrosion because of oxidation. Although corrosion can happen to any metal, it is usually common in iron manifested in the form of rust. Metal corrosion takes place when there are moisture and an electron acceptor, which is an element that steals electrons from the metal.
If iron comes into contact with water, a chemical reaction takes place instantly which oxidizes the iron and turn it into iron oxide or rust. Although iron is the most reactive metal and tends to corrode faster than others, all metals are susceptible to corrosion.
Preventing Metal Corrosion
For corrosion to occur, moisture, metal, and an electron acceptor must be present. To prevent corrosion, it is important to remove one of the components. The metal surface is one of the simplest components you can eliminate. You can do this by coating the metal with enamel or paint. This prevents exposure to oxygen, therefore, preventing corrosion.
Moreover, you can also coat a metal with another metal through the process called galvanizing.This will protect the underlying metal from the factors which cause corrosion. The metal to be used as a coating will experience the corrosion protecting the coated metal from exposure.
How to protect your Facility from Corrosion
A lot of your facility’s machines, tools, and accessories may be made of metal and are susceptible to corrosion. If you wish to reduce the chances of corrosion in your facility, try to make even small changes such as:
- Sealing the tools. You need to protect your tools from moisture. You can do this by keeping them in a sealed, plastic tool chest or adding moisture absorbent to keep the chest conditions dr.
- Using a corrosion inhibitor. Cold corrosion inhibitors have made galvanizing easier. You can apply them like paint but they have the same protection as heated galvanizing done on galvanized products.
- Dehumidifying. Moisture develops in humid environments and placing your tools in these environments can expose them to the corrosive element. Consider installing a dehumidifier if your shop is in a humid area. The equipment will reduce the possibility of rust development in your facility.
- Keeping the facility and tools clean. A facility with plenty of dust will have a greater chance of being corroded. Dust tends to absorb water. Thus, the more dust particles on your tools, the more water that could come into contact with their metal surfaces, promoting corrosion. Therefore, ensure you keep your tools and your facility in general clean and dust-free.