Simple science can explain the formation of rust. If water strikes a vulnerable metal like exposed iron, it triggers an electrochemical process that frees electrons from the metal and prompts excess oxygen to bond with the material to form iron oxide, or rust. Over time, the process eats away at metal surfaces, creating unsightly orange blemishes and weakening them. When rust appears on your vehicles, fencing, railings, sheds and other metal items, it doesn’t just make them appear poorly maintained and older than their years. It can also shorten their useful lifespan.
To make matters worse, metal is not the only material vulnerable to rust damage. Over time, contact with rusted items or even iron-rich water can lead to rust stains on concrete, brick, tile, stone, rubber, asphalt, vinyl, stucco and other surfaces frequently found on residential properties. These ugly orange stains won’t help you make a good impression on those who visit your home. In fact, stubborn rust stains can have a negative impact on your property values.