A two-year breakthrough study estimates the annual direct cost of corrosion in the United States to be $276 billion. While this is a sizable number, larger than many of the world’s economies, it has been estimated that 25-30% of the total, or $70-80 billion, could be saved by using state-of-the-art corrosion management practices. In addition to the cost savings, corrosion can result in public and industrial safety issues.
CC Technologies (Dublin, Ohio) conducted the research in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). NACE International – The Corrosion Society worked with Congressional representatives to secure $1 million in federal funding for the study.
The study identified the direct cost of corrosion in five major sectors of the economy – infrastructure, utilities, transportation, production & manufacturing, and government.
Leaks most commonly occur at:
Most leaks result from or are worsened by:
Rust generally occurs because of:
What to do when a metal roof begins to leak or rust: