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How To Keep Rust Off Sidewalks and Buildings?

rust on walkway

Here in Florida, the landscape is lush and beautiful. Bright green vegetation is one of the biggest reasons people love living here. So, when rust stains our pristine sidewalks and homes, it can be annoying. The rust stains on concrete, sidewalks, apartment complexes, and homes create the appearance of an unkept and aging property. Fortunately, we have the solution.

Interested in learning how to remove rust from your sidewalks or buildings for good?  Here’s how.

What Causes Rust?

Grass and other flora need a lot of water to thrive. Rainwater alone is not enough. Sprinklers are key in keeping Florida’s vegetation alive. Many areas of Florida rely on well water. Well water comes from aquifers in the earth that are drilled into and pumped out through a pipe for use.

The problem?
Well water contains high levels of Iron Sulfide (AKA rust) along with other minerals. When the sprinklers turn on, and the water hits the air, the iron sulfide oxidizes- causing major rust stains in any area the sprinklers hit.  Both homes and businesses come across this problem every day.

One common problem is the need to get the rust off vinyl siding on the house. Another is trying to get the rust off of concrete and sidewalks.  Rust stains can blemish the aesthetic of sidewalks, houses, apartment complexes, and businesses. It causes buildings and landscapes to look messy, neglected, and old. Luckily, there are ways to remove and prevent rust from coming back, and we can help.

Remove the Rust

Unfortunately, rust stains cannot be removed with a simple hose or broom. Pressure washing is the most effective way to remove rust stains from your driveway, sides of your home or sidewalk. Yet, this quick fix is only temporary, as the well water will continue to oxidize each time the sprinklers turn on. It’s more than a little frustrating to spend hours cleaning rust, only to have it return a few days later. That’s why we have a solution for this.

pressure washing a sidewalk

Make Sure Your Water is Treated

Once you‘ve cleaned the rust off, it’s important you prevent it from returning. Some homeowners think an iron filter for well water is a solution. There are other ways to remove iron from well water. Our method is a preventative solution. The solution is injected into your water that is pumped directly into the sprinkler line every time your irrigation system turns on. In turn, this will reduce and often eliminate the rust that comes out of your sprinkler system.

Maintain the Water Source

It is crucial that your water is treated monthly. While this may sound costly initially, our preventative solution is the best long-term solution. Maintaining your water will greatly improve the appearance of your property.  If you are a business owner, curb appeal is vital in attracting new customers. If you are a home owner, curb appeal can also increase the value of your home. Rust Off services is an investment in your home or business.

Consider Rust Off For Your Home or Business

We are passionate about serving our community and helping our client’s properties look their best. Interested to learn more? Contact us today for a free quote. Check out the before and after photos on our website.