Rust is formed when certain metals are exposed to both oxygen and moisture. So, your metal plumbing fixtures that are being exposed to water on a daily basis are likely to suffer from rust or corrosion over time, which can do damage as well as looking unsightly. Read on for some tips on how to prevent rust or remove it when it does occur.
Preventing plumbing rust
One consideration is the type of metal you choose for your plumbing fixtures, since not all metals rust or corrode. For example, iron and any iron-containing alloys can become rusted, while other metals such as copper can suffer corrosion in different ways. Stainless steel is a useful and durable material that is not susceptible to rust, so this could be a good choice around your plumbing.
If the materials used in your plumbing are prone to rust or corrosion, then it’s important to reduce their exposure to water. So, dry off your faucets and other fixtures and components after using them, and always ventilate your bathroom properly after having a hot bath or shower, helping to disperse the steam and moisture in the air. Simple store-bought cleaners can also help to keep rust at bay around your plumbing fixtures.
Mineral deposits from hard water can also make rust and corrosion more likely, so make sure you understand what type of water you have in your home.
How to remove rust from plumbing fixtures
Rust and the stains it leaves behind will be easier to remove the sooner you catch them, so keep an eye on your plumbing fixtures and act as soon as you can when tackling rust stains. You can use a store-bought cleaner designed for the bathroom or kitchen, or specifically for targeting rust. Natural ingredients you can use that you might have around the home include white vinegar, baking soda, and even aluminum foil, which can help to remove and prevent rust.
Cleaning your metal fixtures with vinegar can help to dissolve the rust. Just spray a vinegar solution onto your fixture, leave it to soak for 10 minutes, and then give it a scrub. Or apply a solution of baking soda and water to the rusted area, leave it on overnight, and then scrub away the next morning.
If your home plumbing fixtures need any repair or maintenance to keep them in top shape, then contact Brandon Plumbing for our services around Winston Salem, Lewisville, and Clemmons, NC.