Concrete pumping is a process used to help deliver concrete to areas that would otherwise be hard to reach. For instance, if you are laying down a concrete floor in a multiple story building, you cannot take the truck up to the third or tenth story. This is where a concrete pump comes into play.
Concrete pumps are easy to use and they work efficiently to get the job done, but if you are not taking care of the pump, you will notice that it does not perform as optimally as it should.
If you want to prevent your machine from seizing up and causing a dried concrete catastrophe, follow the below tips for cleaning your concrete pump today.
1. Remove excess concrete.
One of the first things you need to do is remove any leftover concrete that may be in the pump. Let the pump keep running until you notice that no more concrete is coming out.
2. Turn off the pump and get water.
Turn the pump off at this point and fetch yourself some running water. You will now want to start running the water throughout the tanks on the pump and then turn the pump back on.
You will hear the machine working to get the water to flow through it. It may take a minute or two, but you will see water start coming out of pump nozzle. Continue to let the pump run until the water you see is no longer muddy. The water should be clear at this point. Turn the water off.
3. Clean the pump's components.
Now it is time to take the additional components off of the machine and begin to clean them off. You should remove the pipes and any clamps or hoses. Make sure each piece is clean inside and out.
Even a little concrete left inside can cause problems later on down the road. If you notice some concrete in the pipe, but you cannot reach it, grab a small brush and feed it through to help loosen and remove the concrete.
4. Put it back together and rinse one more time.
Now you can put all of the pieces back together and then hose off the machine one last time to make sure you cleaned it well.
It is important for you to pay attention to all of the small cracks on the machine as wet concrete can easily gather in these areas. Once you are happy with the look of the machine, dry it off and store it away.
For more information, contact a professional like Grundy-Coal City Redi-Mix Co.