What benefits can concrete pumping offer me?Alex Lee
Benefits of concrete pumping:
Concrete pumps are a valuable machine to have on your construction site, making for quick & effective concrete distribution for any size of construction project. Whether you’re working on a residential development or commercial renovation, concrete pumps can bring huge benefits to your site.
A concrete pump isn’t going to magically make you a quicker builder, or finish your construction project months in advance (for the most part), but it will save you a lot of time versus traditional methods of laying concrete. Concrete pumping can save huge amounts of time as well as money for those that are looking for a more efficient project. Because concrete pumping is much more efficient than conventional methods, you’re also going to save a lot of money on labour. Management of your concrete provisions becomes much easier with concrete pumping since you’ll know how much you need in any given pour.
What is a concrete pump?
First of all, we should probably clarify the definition of a concrete pump. Those that aren’t familiar with the in’s and out’s of the construction industry may have never heard of a concrete pump before.
Concrete pumps are a piece of construction equipment that usually consists of an engine that drives pneumatic drives that are able to pump thick viscous materials through a pipe. These pumps are able to push concrete through, giving you the ability to pump material into hard to reach areas of your site. You could be facing restricted access sites like a multi-level development, or just a site that hasn’t got the space for a concrete lorry. It’s situations like this that concrete pumps truly shine since it allows concrete to be placed & set in areas that you would normally struggle to do.
How does a concrete pump work?:
Concrete pumps depend on wet concrete that’s thinner than it would be coming from a standard mixer. By transporting wet mixed concrete direct to the site, you’re saving much more time and energy rather than mixing the concrete on site. Wet concrete is then taken from the mixer into a agitator that keeps the concrete constantly moving so that it doesn’t prematurely set. A piston drives the cylinders so that the concrete is pumped into the pipes and into the intended location. This process cycles until the required concrete is pumped and set!
Different types of pump:
There are a range of different concrete pumps that are suitable for different uses. Working with a professional provider like SW Concrete Pumping, you’ll be able to find the best pump to suit your needs. We go through some of the different pumps you’ll see in the industry and what certain pumps are best suited for.
A boom pump is a title given to concrete pumps that make use of a robotic arm that is positioned to pump concrete where it needs to go. Boom pumps can deal with high volumes of concrete, placing them precisely where they’re positioned. Boom pumps often take up more space due to the necessity of having the pump mounted on a vehicle. this may be a drawback of the boom pump, but a worthwhile one if you’re working on a site large enough to make use of the large volume it’s capable of pumping.
If you’re working in a site that’s substantial in size, a boom pump may be better suited for your needs as the higher capacity a boom pump can offer will be beneficial for bigger sites. If you’re working on a smaller site like a residential development with less need for huge amounts of concrete, a line pump may be better.
Line pumps make use of steel hoses (sometimes plastic) that are directly attached to a pump. These are often man operated & are capable of being used in most sites. Line pumps are usually smaller diesel based engines that are trailer mounted which make it much smaller of a package in terms of taking up site space. Line pumps are more suited for small sites/sites where there isn’t much space on site.
How can concrete pumping benefit me?
In general, concrete pumps are set up much faster than traditional concrete trucks can be. Rather than having to lay the concrete by hand, as well as waiting for several pieces of equipment to arrive on site, a concrete pump will arrive on site with the concrete ready to go. This saves a huge amount of time on set up, as your concrete, as well as your equipment, is arriving from the same location.
Concrete pumps also result in faster concrete placement. This is true for most, if not all tasks that a concrete pump is allocated as you’re using a driven motor to pump concrete on your site. The speed at which this pumps concrete is much faster than hand laying concrete, which makes it ideal for concrete screed provision as you’re able to cover large areas quickly. Hand pouring methods are great for those areas that need strict attention. However, concrete pumping has major benefits for those that need quick concrete laying.
Concrete pumping is also much less labour intensive than other pouring/laying alternatives since you’re letting heavy machinery do the work for you. You may need to set & level the concrete yourself, but for the most part, the heavy lifting is done by the concrete pump! Concrete pumping can also reduce the overall cost of labour, as well as allowing you to re-allocate workers. This allows more hands on other parts of the site, saving money on workers that can be beneficial elsewhere.
Who are South Wales Concrete Pumping?
South Wales Concrete Pumping are leading professionals in the industry. We have provided quality concrete pumping services to commercial scale customers for years. Working on residential developments to commercial renovations, our services are perfect for a range of projects. Our teams have decades of experience between them making them some of the most experienced in the UK. If you’d like to learn more about our services, visit our site on Concrete Pumping Cardiff