Rust and Stains from Water Damage
Rusting and iron stains are a common effects of water damage, particularly electrical appliances, porcelain, and other materials inside your home that is made of metal. Items that show early stages of rusting can sometimes still be saved with a few cleaning techniques. But if the rusting has gone bad, especially when it comes to pipes or electrical appliances, replacement might be a better idea.
Following a water damage problem, the higher the risk of rusting and staining, especially if there are high levels of iron in the water that flooded your home. Rust can affect everything from plumbing fixtures, to to toilets, to your tools. Rust can also appear in the drum of your washing machine. This is why it’s important that the restoration workers do a thorough job of inspecting and drying the affected area.
How Rust Forms
Rust is a chemical process called oxidation that takes place when metals are exposed to both air and water for a period of time. It appears as a reddish coating that forms flakes on the surface of metals. Rust comes in other colors like orange, yellow, orange, and brown. Any item made of iron and steel are prone to rusting. Other types of material don’t rust but they are also vulnerable to corrosion.
When left in a thoroughly dry environment, iron and steel will not rust. But in areas of the house where there is likely to be high air moisture density, water in the air making contact with steel and metal fixtures and appliances will likely result in rust over time. Pipes can get rusty too as they are in constant exposure to water. The older a house is, the more vulnerable the entire plumbing system becomes.
How to Prevent Rust
Rust progressively weakens iron and steel. To prevent metal surfaces from rusting, they must be separated from both water and air. As much as possible, keep the metal surfaces in a dry area to lessen their exposure to air moisture. A home dehumidifier isn’t such a bad idea as rusting is one of the things it can effectively prevent, aside from mold growth. Frequent cleaning and drying of metal surfaces is an important precaution that can do to save your metal appliances as well.
If your home has been flooded, or suffered from water damage, professional restoration technicians can use industrial grade dehumidifiers for thorough drying of affected areas. This helps prevent rusting problems in the coming weeks after the incident.
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