Corrosion occurs when a metal gradually deteriorates as a result of a reaction between the material and its environment (e.g. water or oxygen). Rust is perhaps the best-known example, and can affect the look and functionality of equipment. Corrosion Protection often impacts on the strength and movement of the metal and can result in a hefty bill to fix or replace the object. In fact, Australia faces an annual cost of billions of dollars because of corrosion, due largely to the fact that most of our cities are in coastal areas - salt water rapidly accelerates corrosion.
So we know it is important to do what we can to avoid corrosion, but is corrosion protection safe? Many corrosion protection products produce highly toxic, carcinogenic compounds that offer protection at the cost of our health and the environment. It is a good idea to find a company that is committed to customer safety and offers a range of corrosion protection options.
During Cathodic Protection, another metal is applied to the original equipment surface to react with air and water - instead of the metal beneath it getting damaged. Prevention is always better than cure, so Cold Galvanizing products are available to provide long term protection of steel. Cold Galvanizing - a form of Cathodic Protection - is a corrosion protection process that helps protect steel from rusting by applying a layer of zinc rich paint. Rather than water and oxygen impacting on the metal, the reaction occurs with the zinc, and the metal remains intact. Cathodic Protection can assist in the prevention of stress corrosion cracking.