Concrete Pumping Tips

Concrete pumping is an ideal method of placing concrete for construction projects. It eliminates the need for wheelbarrows and reduces spillage. Besides, it is cost-effective because it does not require a lot of workers on-site. If you require concrete pumping services, below are a few considerations you must make.

Type of pump

Concrete pumps can either be stationary or mounted on a truck. Truck-mounted concrete pumps have a remote-controlled boom that transfers the concrete from the mixer to where you need it. These pumps are ideal for commercial concrete pumping as they pump high volumes of concrete per minute. Stationery concrete pumps are mounted on trailers, but they use hoses instead of articulating booms. They pump a lower amount of concrete and are therefore ideal for small construction projects and residential concrete pumping.

Choosing a company

Finding a company or contractor to conduct concrete pumping should not be difficult. However, you must be careful. The company you choose to work with must be reputable and licenced by the relevant authorities. Inquire about the availability of the concrete pumps, and inspect the equipment to ensure that it is in excellent condition. Some companies will even provide you with a recent inspection report. The equipment should be insured. Compare quotes from a few companies before making your choice.

Preparing the site

Below are a few ways to prepare for concrete pumping. 

  • Inspect the site and clear it of any dirt.
  • Create adequate space for the pumping and mixing trucks.
  • Have sufficient water on-site to wash the concrete pump after use.
  • If you intend to pump during cold weather, you may need to insulate or pre-heat the pipeline — you can also use hot water to prepare the concrete. 

Safety during concrete pumping

Before you begin the works, hold a meeting with your workers and discuss the various risks that the activity presents. Below are a few safety tips to observe.

  • If you are using an articulating boom, be cautious of any power lines in the area.
  • Maintain a clear line of communication — use hand signals or walkie-talkies to communicate with the operator.
  • The equipment should be operated by authorised personnel only.
  • Do not attempt to open the coupling or unclog the hoses when they are under pressure.
  • Have an emergency plan on site — a first-aid kit and emergency contacts are vital in case of accidents. 

When considering commercial, residential, or civil concrete pumping, choose an appropriate concrete pump, work with a reputable company, prepare the site and observe the recommended safety measures.