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Pennsylvania Concrete Chipping: How it Helps

Why is it imperative to remove dried material from your cement storage silos, central mixers and ready mix truck drums? Put simply, because that dried material adds up. We find it often helps to think of your ready mix truck like a water bottle. Just like a few lingering drops of water will remain inside that bottle no matter how hard you shake it, a bit of concrete remains inside your drums following every pour. As time progresses, that material cakes up along your drums’ walls. Not only does it add weight, but it throws off the drum’s balance and can lead to subpar concrete blends and a wide range of related issues, too. The easiest, most straightforward way to sidestep costly issues is to have a professional concrete chipping company perform regular maintenance.

How Do Concrete Chipping Services Work?

In truth, most concrete chipping companies actually carry out three separate tasks when they make their way to your job site. During a single concrete chipping appointment, companies like General Chipping typically tackle ready mix drum chipping, central mixer cleaning and cement storage silo cleaning, as well. Here’s what those tasks boil down to:

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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.

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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. This results in a healthier mixer capable of holding more material than before.

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Silo Cleaning

Members of your chosen 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: Cement silo cleaning work is especially important in humid conditions, since added moisture tends to lead to clumps and clogs.

Determining the Right Pennsylvania Concrete Chipping Crew for the Job 

Just like no other concrete or construction company is quite like yours, no two concrete chipping crews are exactly alike. Take time to find a crew that you feel comfortable trusting with your valuable drums, fleet and equipment. Here are a few considerations that can help make that decision a bit easier: 

  • Hire a Concrete Chipping Company That Can Be Flexible: Although there will be some similarities across every concrete chipping job, each job site features unique features or “quirks” that affect the way crews tackle your work. For instance, noise ordinances or proximity to residential areas might impact concrete chipping times. Meanwhile, mechanical issues with your equipment might mean certain drums require some added TLC — or odd schedules might require you to book chipping after hours. Make any potential concerns or specific needs known right from the start. That way, your potential concrete chipping crew can accurately quote out your work — and gauge whether they are able to take it on. Most companies will be happy to work with you. At General Chipping, for instance, although the majority of our customers book appointments in 12-hour overnight shifts, such times don’t work for everybody. We frequently operate outside of those more traditional hours.
  • Hire a Concrete Chipping Company with a Solid Reputation: A crew’s performance tends to hold fairly steady from one job to the next. For that reason, we recommend talking with friends and/or colleagues in your field about concrete chipping companies they’ve worked with in the past. Was their crew on time? Were they happy with their work? Would they use them again? Once you have that information, take a moment to look into their online reviews and Better Business Bureau (BBB) rankings. You might also ask the company itself for testimonials from past clients. A little extra work at this stage of the game can make a big difference in the future.
  • Work with a Concrete Chipping Company that is Certified: You might be surprised to learn that not every company out there has its certifications and licenses in order. In fact, there are a substantial number of people out there who aren’t formally trained at all. This can spell big trouble for your company, leaving you to foot the bill if the crew damages your equipment during a concrete chipping appointment — or if someone becomes injured during the process. Ask your potential concrete chipping team for proof of their certifications, and about any continuing education requirements their company has in place.

How Often Should You Schedule Pennsylvania Concrete Chipping Services? 

Although variables such as the brand of redi mix trucks that make up your fleet, your volume of work and even your company’s chosen concrete blends come into play, experts recommend booking concrete chipping appointments every three months. We encourage companies to have their cement storage silos cleaned at the same time, to ensure all their related equipment remains healthy and working well.

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