Living in Florida has tremendous upside, warm weather and sandy beach emulating paradise. Unfortunately, there’s also many environmental obstacles include salt water, limestone and high humidity. These environment conditions can wreak havoc on stainless steel, non-ferrous metals and glass. Below outlines destruction caused by uncontrollable environmental conditions.
Hard Water Damage – Based on our geographic location, the bedrock is full of limestone. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone, which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Hard water is distributed through many sources, most commonly sprinklers, hoses and showers.
Hard water deposits minerals onto surfaces such as glass and metal. Once the water evaporates, the minerals are left behind causing staining and spotting. These minerals remain active on the surface bonding to glass or metal. If neglected for a long period of time, they can cause etching severely damaging the surface.
Saltwater/Salt Spray – The process of corroding involves electrons moving around, and electrons move more easily in salt-water than in clean water. Water is the enabler of fast oxidation and cause of corrosion. Freshwater will also cause corrosion, however, salt water is a very good conductor. There are numerous electrolysis reactions that tremendously accelerate corrosion from salt water.
Electrons take part in corrosion when oxidation and reduction occur. Oxidation is when a substance releases electrons and reduction is when a substance gains the electrons that were released. Corrosion needs water and oxygen to start the process, salt attracts and gathers water expediting the corrosion process.
Efflorescence – The process of crystalline deposit on surfaces of masonry, stucco or concrete. Efflorescence is a white powdery deposit of water-soluble salt left on the surface of masonry as water evaporates, but also can be brown, green or yellow. Salt-bearing water reaches the surface of a structure and air evaporates the water depositing the salt. This can cause building runoff, severely damaging windows.
Efflorescence can also be caused by poor construction. If masonry, stucco or concrete are not properly prepared and sealed, water can get into the structure. Once water finds its way into the masonry, whether through natural causes or poor construction, efflorescence can be extremely destructive.
Understanding these environmental conditions, GlassTech has formulated remedies to remove and control these harsh effects. We use our proprietary process to remove corrosion, staining and building runoff. Furthermore, applying specially designed protective coatings to control the different corroding processes. Although, GlassTech can’t stop the environmental destruction from happening. We can help you control it, maintain it, saving time and money!
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