The Importance of Performing Corrosion Testing

Written by Angela

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August 31, 2020

The Importance of Performing Corrosion Testing

Corrosion can be detrimental to metal structures. Working in an industry where metal structures are essential, such as construction, pipelines, infrastructure, and many others means having to constantly be looking out for signs of corrosion development. While there are many ways to work to prevent corrosion, none of them are guaranteed to be able to prevent 100 percent of corrosion. Learn the importance of performing corrosion testing to better understand why it’s necessary in your industry.

Corrosion testing can detect corrosion you can’t see

Corrosion testing can help to detect corrosion on your metal surfaces that isn’t quite visible to the untrained eye yet. This means you can catch the corrosion much faster, and hopefully before any adverse effects take place within your structure. Detecting hidden corrosion is essential to keeping your metal safe and the item intact. Corrosion isn’t always as visible and identifiable as many may think. It can begin on inner layers of the metal that you can’t see from simply looking at it. It can also form in small deposits that are easy to miss. Corrosion testing helps to identify any and all corrosion so it can be combated quickly.

Corrosion testing helps you catch corrosion early

When you invest in corrosion testing, you are essentially investing in your metal structure. If you are getting your metals tested for corrosion regularly, you are more likely to catch corrosion before it’s fully formed or before it’s too serious for a small fix. Corrosion only spreads and grows, so finding out if your metal structure is affected by it early is the best way to fix it quickly. If corrosion isn’t addressed swiftly after forming, it can grow, deepen, and spread, ultimately causing structural damage, functionality issues, and even posing a potential safety threat.

Corrosion testing can help prevent the corrosion

When regular corrosion testing is performed on your metal structure, you can better identify which areas are at a higher risk for corrosion development. Experts can even tell you what type of corrosion will most likely form in those locations so you know exactly what to look for in between inspections. Corrosion testing does more than simply identify already present corrosion, it can even help identify potential issues so you can work on increasing prevention to prevent the corrosion from forming at all.

Hopefully, our blog helped reiterate the importance of performing corrosion testing. For all of your corrosion needs, from a potential survey to cathodic protection surveys, contact us at Dreiym Engineering where we specialize in corrosion prevention methods.

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