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How Corrosive Salt Air Affects Our Community

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Avoiding issues with rust in our saltwater community.

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Coastal community areas are often affected by the corrosive nature of saltwater in the air, leading to rust issues that can deteriorate structures, vehicles, and equipment over time. The salt particles in the air, known as airborne salt, contain chloride ions that accelerate the corrosion process. This phenomenon is particularly pronounced in regions close to the ocean, where the salt-laden breeze can spread several miles inland.


To avoid being prone to rust issues in coastal environments, several preventive measures can be taken. Firstly, regular maintenance is crucial. Cleaning surfaces, vehicles, and equipment exposed to salt water regularly helps remove the corrosive particles, reducing the chances of rust formation. Applying protective coatings such as paint, sealants, and rust-resistant finishes are barriers against saltwater exposure.


Selecting materials and construction techniques that are resistant to corrosion is another effective strategy. Using stainless steel, aluminum, or galvanized steel can provide better durability in coastal areas. Elevating structures and equipment above ground level can minimize direct exposure to salt water, while adequate drainage systems can prevent water accumulation, reducing the chances of rust.


In essence, understanding the impact of salt water in coastal environments and implementing preventive measures like regular cleaning, protective coatings, material selection, and proper drainage can help mitigate rust issues and prolong the life of structures and assets in these areas.

If rust has taken a toll and repairs are on the horizon, make sure to schedule your demolition roll-off dumpster with us.

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