How to Make Structural Rust Repairs in Buildings

It is important to make rust repairs as soon as it is detected, because it can quickly spread and cause significant damage to the steel or other metal. Rust can also weaken the overall structure of a building, potentially leading to safety hazards. Plus, rust can be unsightly and can affect the appearance of a building.

By repairing rust, it is possible to protect the structural integrity of the steel or other metal, maintain the appearance of the building, and reduce the risk of safety hazards. There are several methods for repairing rust, as mentioned below, and the best method will depend on the severity of the rust and the importance of the steel or other metal in the building. This is where a structural engineer can help.

The options to make rust repairs in building structures include:

It is important to note that the best method for repairing steel rust will depend on the severity of the rust and the importance of the steel in the building. It is always a good idea to consult with a professional engineer for specifications or contractor to schedule the most appropriate repair method.

Other Considerations to Prevent Rust

It is important to consider other holistic factors when making structural rust repairs. Such as moisture, salinity, chemicals, and electrolysis that can also contribute to the corrosion of steel and other metals.

There are two main types of cathodic protection: galvanic cathodic protection and impressed current cathodic protection.

Cathodic protection can be an effective way to prevent corrosion in metal structures. However, it is important to design and maintain the cathodic protection system correctly in order to ensure its effectiveness. For this reason specialist contractors provide these Design and Construct services, and can offer a maintenance schedule with regular intervals to ensure that the system is functioning properly.

To prevent corrosion, it is important to protect metal surfaces from exposure to water, salt, and chemicals, and to use corrosion-resistant materials whenever possible. In addition, it is important to regularly inspect metal surfaces for signs of corrosion and to repair any corrosion that is found as soon as possible. 

Regular inspections especially on coastal bridges, culverts and buildings is a good place to start, ideally from an RPEQ Engineer.