Posted on: 4 September 2019
Concrete pumping is one of the most effective ways of pouring concrete on your building site. By using concrete pumping, you can sure of delivering the right amount of concrete exactly where you need it. You can also have confidence that the concrete will be ready exactly when you need it. Pumping ensures that there will be no delays waiting for the concrete to be mixed or for it to be transported across your site.
With all of these advantages, it is clear why concrete pumping is a popular choice on building sites around the world, but what does concrete pumping look like in practice? If you are unfamiliar with how pumping works and have never ordered a concrete pump before, it can seem to be quite an intimidating process. While it might seem like a big undertaking, arranging for a concrete pumping truck to come to your site is easier than you might think. Here are the questions you will need to think through before you can book that truck.
Who wants the pump?
It may seem obvious, but you must start with the basic information. When you call to arrange for the pumping truck, you must be able to tell the hire company the name of the company making the hire, the full address of the site where the truck will be needed and the contact details of whoever will be in charge of the hiring process. You will also need to be able to specify exactly when the pumping is needed. Bear in mind it may take up to one hour from the time the pumping truck arrives on-site before it is ready to pump.
What exactly do you need?
Once the basics are out of the way, you will need to talk about the technical details of your concrete pumping operation. Think about the size of pump which you need, the type of concrete you want to pour and how much of it you need. Will there be any fibres, admixtures or additions included? The hire company will also be interested in the nature of the pour you are conducting. Are you working on a bridge deck, footing, external slab or something else? Finally you will need to talk about any particular requirements for the job. What length will the pipeline be? What diameter pipeline will be most appropriate? Would you like to run an additional pipeline? By discussing all the details with the hiring company in advance, you can be sure of getting exactly the concrete pumping truck you need, fully fitted with the perfect equipment for your job.