Concrete is a material that requires experience and expertise when using it. In fact, there are professionals who have the requisite knowledge and training needed to handle concrete effectively and efficiently. The reality is, if you think that you can pour your own concrete, you are sorely mistaken — it won’t end correctly. Ultimately, there are some key pitfalls that you will likely experience when people try and attempt to pour any concrete and use it on their own — without the help of a professional. Here are some of the biggest reasons why you should always call in the professionals when handling concrete.
Poor Preparation for Concrete Pouring
Improper preparation is a huge reason why you never want to pour your own concrete. In fact, it’s one thing to excavate the area but actually pouring the concrete is really complicated. The reality is, if you have concrete that is sitting on top of loose soil, you’ll likely need to make sure that you prepare it properly — but you might not know exactly how to do so — which can lead to turmoil down the line. Ultimately, your concrete — when not properly prepared — will then begin to quickly crack, degrade, and start to crumble immediately.
Consider Weather Conditions
For the most part, the weather is uncontrollable. In fact, certain weather conditions like rain and snow can really negatively impact your concrete. The reality is, avoiding the potential of having concrete be damaged by any rain or snow that might happen even a couple of days after its poured is also a big issue that often happens when people attempt to pour concrete on their own — without the help of professionals. Ultimately, if you live in an area where the weather conditions are varied — relying on the professionals might be your best option.
Using The Wrong Tools for Concrete Pouring
The concrete professionals have all the right tools needed to ensure concrete is installed and poured effectively and efficiently. In fact, that also means that people who aren’t professionals who handle concrete on a regular basis will usually lack the proper tools needed to ensure that the concrete is poured properly. The reality is, using improper tools can leave you with concrete that is totally unsettled. Ultimately, there is nothing worse than an unsettled foundation — which is where concrete typically is used.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.