Concrete transports and mixers play a big part in the way concrete is used during building and slab construction. If your cost estimate shows that your contractor expects to use a concrete pump truck from a company like Masterlink Concrete Pumping, and you are wondering why he or she simply cannot use some other means of mixing, hauling or placing concrete, you should know that there are some special reasons for the contractor's request. The following three uses and probable reasons reveal why your contractor places the expense of a concrete pump truck within the project estimate/bid.
The Concrete Used Will Elevate Broken Slabs
A pump truck uses air pressure to move wet concrete through tubes into construction zones or into a transport of a different sort. It may also be used as a concrete injection truck. In this capacity, an attachment for the truck helps push wet concrete underneath pre-existing slabs. In doing so, the slabs are elevated upward, an effective technique for realigning broken slabs of concrete and creating a more even surface on which to drive.
The Concrete Used Will Fill Walls
When forming concrete walls that are not wholly comprised of cinder blocks, your contractor will use the pump truck to fill the walls with wet concrete. The wet concrete is most easily poured this way via the truck, rather than having several workers carry numerous buckets of concrete up high and filling the forms manually. The molds or forms used to hold the wet concrete may be steel or aluminum, depending on how thick and how strong the walls need to be. Once the concrete walls have dried and cured, the forms may be removed, or they may remain as part of the walls and act as reinforcements for the concrete.
The Concrete Used Will Speed Up the Formation of Giant Slab Areas
If your project happens to be a giant concrete slab area, such as a parking lot or a loading dock, then the wooden frames and forms used to contain the wet concrete are more easily and quickly filled with the pump truck. As the truck pumps out and fills out the slab forms, the workers quickly smooth and even out the concrete and make it level. The benefit to doing the project this way is that your entire slab area will all dry and cure at exactly the same time and the same rate, rather than over the course of several hours and days, according to other methods that would be used to create smaller, individual slabs.