How to Order a Pour
We have a pump to match your project! Below, you will find all the information you need to order concrete pumping services. To ensure safe boom clearances, please call our sales manager to check the job site prior to your pour.
It is actually pretty rare not to need a pump to place your concrete. Concrete trucks can rarely get direct access to where the concrete is actually needed and if your pour is big enough, wheelbarrows are just not going to cut it.
First things first: order your pump
If your situation requires a boom pump our sales staff will need to visit the site to ensure a boom truck and a concrete truck will have room to maneuver. Give us a call to arrange a brief site visit. We’ll advise on the placement of the trucks and examine the job site to ensure safety of the neighbourhood. If there are cars or structures that may need protection from concrete spatters, our professional staff will discuss everything that will occur on the day of the pour. There are many things to consider to ensure a safe pour:
- Are there overhead obstructions?
- Power lines? Trees?
- Is there safe access for the truck to get into the job site?
- Is there a flat area with stable ground to set the pump upon with enough space to accommodate the outriggers?
In some cases, we will recommend a line pump if the situation warrants. For best results, we’ll likely schedule your delivery for at least a week out – you’ll have to organize two massive trucks to come to your property on the same day – both are essential!
Order concrete delivery
Make sure you tell the supplier what the concrete is for and ask about the best mix for your project (proportions of cement, gravel, and sand). Order one extra yard to accommodate for what will be lost in the pump – in most cases, it is the customer’s responsibility for removal of this concrete. We recommend having a place designated for the concrete washout of the hoses. Many customers set up forms to make stepping stones or build a contained area so that removal of the dried concrete is easier. Discarded concrete can also be used as clean fill for foundations or low spots.
For best results, schedule your delivery for at least a week out – you’ll have to organize two massive trucks to come to your property on the same day – both are essential!
Concrete is sold by the cubic yard and to determine the amount of concrete you need, use the following tips:
The formula for cubic yards is this: For example, a 10 ft x 10 ft. slab 4 inches deep. Multiply the length (10 ft.) by the width (10 ft.) by the depth (.35 ft., or 4 in.) and divide it by 27 (the number of cubic feet in a cubic yard). You get 1.3 cu. yds. Then add 10 percent to allow for spillage and slab depth variations to help determine how much you need.
On the day of the pour
Our truck operators need a minimum of ½ hour setup time. Large pumps, difficult setups and system jobs require additional setup time. Make sure you are in continual contact with our office and the concrete company so that neither party are waiting for the other and that the operation is coordinated.
Other things to consider:
- Do you have a place to wash out the pump at the end of the day?
- Have you scheduled enough manpower to be on hand?
City Pumping is out on a variety of different job sites every single day, so we know how to ensure your pour goes smoothly and without any issues. Give us a call to organize your next pour.