Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

How Can You Deliver Concrete to a Remote and Difficult to Reach Jobsite?

by Hector Herrera

When you want to build a sizeable extension on top of an existing commercial property, you may often have to deal with many challenges. For example, the building may be difficult to access if it's in a typical downtown location, and you may wonder whether contractors will be able to complete the work at all. The good news is that when it comes to concrete, various tools can help deliver this vital material to such a site. What do you need to take into account here?

Using Specialist Tools

Well-equipped contractors will be able to bring a specialised concrete pump to your general location in order to supply cement. They'll need to park the vehicle as close as possible, and you'll need to arrange for the relevant permissions before they can perform the work.

Working with a Ground Line Hydraulic Pump

The choice of hydraulic pump depends on the nature of the problem, and the kind of restrictions along the way. For example, a contractor could use a ground line hydraulic pump that is designed to transport the concrete from an adjacent hopper through a series of connected hoses and pipes. This is quite efficient and allows for continuous delivery, so tradies can lay the concrete without delay. These pipes and hoses can cover a considerable distance and will be able to go around or over small obstructions along the way.

Using a Boom Pump

Sometimes, the contractor may choose a boom pump instead. This will use an extendable hydraulic arm that is able to elevate the concrete pipes and deal with even more challenging obstacles. So, if your work takes place at a considerable height, you may be able to use a boom pump mounted to a specially prepared truck.

How do Concrete Pumps Work?

Concrete pumps are particularly efficient and will keep the product in perfect condition on its way to the target site. A mixer truck will discharge the wet concrete into a hopper complete with an agitator. It will then be drawn into the piping system by the twin-cylinder piston-operated pump. One cylinder will push the concrete forward while the other will draw the material into the hopper through an alternating/process. This helps to ensure a consistent pressure level and free-flowing form.

Getting Help

As you can see, there are options available to you, even in the trickiest of scenarios. To get help with your particular problem, get in touch with a commercial concrete pumping company. 


About Me

Pumping Concrete: Top Tips

Hello, my name is Eric and this is my concrete blog. I am not a concrete contractor but I have recently learnt quite a lot about concrete and concrete pumping. I decided to lay a new concrete drive at my home. The drive is very long and very wide so I needed a lot of concrete. I didn't fancy carrying all this concrete so I opted for a concrete pump. I wasn't exactly sure how to operate this piece of equipment so I contacted a contractor who came out and assisted me. I learnt so much from this guy that I decided to start this blog.