Talk of April showers brings one question to mind for many construction pros and DIYers: Can you pour concrete in the rain? And honestly, the answer might surprise you. You can, in fact, pour concrete during springtime showers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Read on to learn all about the issues that come into play during soggy weather pours, the factors that contribute to concrete setting — and ways you can poise your projects for success.
The Science Behind How a Wet Weather Concrete Pour Works
Concrete pours are about more than mixing material, ushering it out and giving it time to dry. In fact, there’s a lot of science that goes into it. The setting process is a chemical reaction that binds and hardens the various components, while the curing process (which takes about a month!) is where the material builds up to its full strength. Though invisible to the naked eye, these steps are what allow your poured material to become the strong, sturdy structures your clients have hired you to create. And a little excess moisture won’t hinder that. Of course, if you’re planning to carry out your work on a day when forecasters anticipate a full-on downpour, you might want to reconsider. Too much rainwater incorporated into your concrete blends can result in cosmetic and structural issues.
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Potential Problems Associated with Rainy Weather Concrete Pours
Too much of a good thing (in this case, water) can be something of a bad thing. There are a few main issues that arise when excess moisture finds its way to your pour site. Here’s a quick overview:
Steps to Keep Your Pours on Point
Pouring concrete in the rain isn’t ideal, but there are times it can’t be avoided. When such is the case, there are a few things you can do to keep your material and crew members better protected at every stage.
So, can you pour concrete in the rain? Yes! But you’ll want to approach things correctly. If you’d like to know more about any of the above, or if you’re interested in learning how General Chipping can keep your operations ready to roll with concrete chipping, silo cleaning and central mixer cleaning services, feel free to contact our team. We’d love to hear from you!