Everything you need to know about finding a Concrete Pumping Expert
The role concrete plays in building Australia cannot be overstated. From house slabs and driveways to bridges and high rise office towers, concrete is everywhere. Without concrete pumping technology, though, our ability to use this vital building material would be severely hampered. Concrete pumping equipment runs the gamut from smaller concrete mixers and pumps for residential applications to the huge booms that make high rise building possible.
Types of Concrete Pumps
There are two basic types of concrete pumps:
- For larger construction projects, trailer-mounted boom pumps have a reach of 20 metres or more. Boom pumps are usually remote-controlled.
- For residential jobs and other smaller projects, a line pump is used. The line pump can be towed to the job site or be trailer-mounted. Concrete is pumped through steel or flexible hoses. The outlet hoses are manually manipulated into place.
Both types of concrete pumps require high pressure to force heavy concrete through the hoses. Although less pressure is required for line pumps, there are still dangers involved and only fully trained and licensed operators are permitted to operate them.
Residential Concrete Pumping
companies routinely use concrete pumps for a variety of residential jobs, including:
- Swimming pool shells,
- Patio slabs,
- Garage slabs, and
- Other larger jobs.
Some concreting companies offer general concrete pumping services while others are specialists. A specialist service may also use concrete spraying equipment or specialise in decorative concreting jobs such as stencilcreting and/or pebblecreting.
If you need a concrete pumping service, it is important that the services you contact for quotes are fully licensed and insured. Their concreting licence is your assurance that they are qualified and trained in concrete pumping codes of practice. Their insurance is your insurance as well. If an accident or injury occurs while they are working on your behalf and they are not insured, you can be held liable.
Council approval is needed for many concrete pumping jobs. Building permit laws vary from state to state and local councils may have further requirements. Check with your local council to find out if your concrete pumping and pouring project requires approval.