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Florida Concrete Chipping to Keep Your Redi Mix Drums, Central Mixers and Silos Healthy

Florida concrete chipping services are not to be taken lightly. After all, the ready mix truck drums, central mixers and cement storage silos companies across the Sunshine State rely on are a substantial investment. It’s important to keep those tools of the trade in prime working condition so business continues moving forward. Read on for helpful insight into how regular concrete chipping protects your equipment and bottom line — and what to look for when selecting the right concrete chipping crew for the job.

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How Does Concrete Chipping Keep My Equipment Healthy?

Think of your redi mix truck drum as a water bottle. Even when you work to get every drop of water out of that bottle, some of it will always remain behind, visible in the nooks and crannies along the bottle’s sides. The same is true for your drum. Every time your company completes a concrete pour — even when your crew is diligent to use every possible ounce of material — some of that concrete will remain behind. That lingering concrete dries along your drum’s walls and, as time progresses, can accumulate, introducing a range of costly trouble for your drum. Not only can it slow or halt your drum altogether by throwing things off balance, but it can affect your concrete blends, too. By booking concrete chipping every three months, you keep that residue at bay — and keep your drums healthy.

How Does Concrete Chipping Work?

Concrete chipping crews typically offer three distinct types of services: Concrete chipping for ready mix truck drums, concrete chipping for central mixers and cement silo cleaning, too. Here’s a general rundown of what each entails:
  • Concrete Chipping: Using handheld jackhammers, crews physically enter your ready mix truck drums to remove hardened material that has dried along the walls. This improves your carrying capacity and helps ward off mechanical issues which can lead to costly slowdowns, repairs and replacements.
  • Silo Cleaning: Members of your company’s silo cleaning crew are lowered down into your cement storage silos. Once inside, they remove clumps and clogs that slow the release of your cement — and can hold up your projects. Those clogs are ushered out the bottom of the silo.
    NOTE: Silo cleaning is especially important in areas such as Florida, since humid conditions can lead to clumps and clogs.
  • Central Mixer Cleaning: Similar to concrete chipping services, central mixer cleaning involves crew members reaching inside your team’s mixer to remove hardened material from drum walls. The end result is a healthier mixer capable of holding more material than before.

What Should You Look for When Hiring a Concrete Chipping Company?

Every concrete chipping company works in slightly different ways, and it’s important to find one that you can trust with your prized fleet and equipment. Here are a few things to look out for while making your decision:
  • Find a Company That’s Flexible: Is your concrete plant in an area impacted by noise ordinances? Are you only able to bring work to a halt for chipping on certain days of the month? Whatever special circumstances might enter the mix, make sure your chosen concrete chipping company is willing to work with you. At General Chipping, for instance, although the majority if our appointments take place during 12-hour overnight shifts, we’re no strangers to off-hours jobs. Our crew is glad to work around clients’ schedules, so they can continue moving forward, business as usual.
  • Find a Company with a Proven Track Record: The saying goes that word of mouth is the best advertising. It’s always a great idea to talk with others in your field about the companies they’ve worked with. Who did they like? Who did they have issues with? What would they do differently? Take things a step further and do some online searching. Chances are that the companies you’re looking into have online reviews of some sort available.
  • Find a Company That’s Licensed: It might seem like common sense, but many people who advertise concrete chipping services aren’t actually licensed to do the work. Ask for proof of your chosen crew’s certifications and insurance information — as well as any requirements for continuing crew member education. If an unlicensed company were to damage your equipment during the chipping process, your company could be left footing costly repair and replacement bills.

How Often Should You Book Florida Concrete Chipping?

Requirements will vary depending on the amount of work your company carries out, the types of concrete you use and even your individual redi mix trucks. Even so, at General Chipping we recommend you book concrete chipping services every three months to keep your drums free of dried material, and to keep your projects moving.

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