Corrosion Can Appear Anywhere in Your Facility - Are You At Risk?

Friday, March 30, 2018

What do you think of when you hear (or read) the word “corrosion”?

If you’re like most folks, you automatically think of rust, specifically on exterior surfaces that are left exposed to either the elements or elevated levels of moisture within your facility.

This isn’t an inaccurate picture, but it is incomplete.

To truly appreciate the risk that corrosion poses, and know how best to neutralize the threat, let’s expand the word “corrosion” to include “accelerated deterioration due to exposure to an outside force.” It’s our own definition, but it works. And feel free to steal it.

Where Can You Find Corrosion?

Let’s look at exterior corrosion’s more dangerous sibling: interior corrosion.

Where can you find it?

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Machinery
  • Anywhere that surfaces are exposed to corrosive substances

Not only does this damage the surface, but in facilities like food processing plants you run the risk of having old paint and coatings fall into your food. This is an especially common threat for ceilings that experience a relentless barrage of steam from vats of vegetables (or any other food being prepped with high moisture/heat). This is, of course, unacceptable, and puts you in violation of USDA and FDA standards.

For a closer look at a recent flooring project we completed for a global producer of oils and fats for the food industry, please click over to this project spotlight.

We’ve also seen numerous chemical plants that experience extensive corrosion damage. This is less surprising, given the nature of the chemicals being produced, but it’s still a major risk.

What’s the Best Way To Confront Corrosion in Your Facility?

Yes, the right products and services are important. But, even before that, it’s important to simply adopt a proactive, educated approach to facility maintenance. Don’t wait until an issue is screaming for attention, there is a workplace injury, or a violation of some kind impacts your operations. Partner now with an experienced industrial and commercial maintenance expert, and make sure a proactive plan is in place to protect you, your reputation, your team, and your commodities.

As a starting point, please contact our office. It would be a pleasure to serve you and answer any questions you might have.