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Thread: Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

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    TroyB's Avatar
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    Houston, TX

    Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

    As part of our pool construction, we had pea gravel concrete decking installed. In one area of the decking, we are getting rust spot formation. Here is a pic:

    The spots are too large to be re-bar or re-bar ties sticking up out of the concrete. Any idea what this may be. It has seemed to grow in size over the last few days.

    The decking is approximately 4-1/2 months old. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

    Is there anything above this area of the concrete? Have you gotten any rain lately?
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    Re: Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

    Something mixed into the concrete that wasn't supposed to be? Impurities left in the mixer & poured out with the first batch?
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    Re: Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

    I'm not sure it's rust......I would think iron rust to be more reddish-brown.

    There's a variety of cleaners that can be tried....TSP might be my first choice.
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    Re: Rust Spots on pea gravel concrete

    We have the exact same problem and the sub that poured the deck is suppose to come by in the next few weeks and fix. A mild acid solution will remove the rust, but it will come back. We think some iron was somehow in the batch. Cleaning it works fine, but in a matter of weeks it will reapper. Keep you posted on our end.
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