When it comes to cement, condensation can lead to headaches for everyone on your crew. From clumps that result in slowed — or halted — pours from your cement storage silos, to damage to the silo itself, unplanned moisture has a tendency to hit productivity and a company’s bottom line hard. Read on for information aimed at helping concrete and construction companies understand the issues that arise when unwelcome moisture mixes with cement — and ways you can help ward off trouble.
How Does Condensation Enter Cement Storage Silos?
There are a number of ways unanticipated moisture can make its way to your cement. The first, of course, is through cracks and holes on your storage silo. Whether those openings are due to damaged vents, natural wear and tear or another issue entirely, even small vulnerabilities can result in big issues. Another less obvious form of entry relates to humid outdoor conditions. After heavy rains, or in naturally humid climates, condensation tends to build up along the inside of your cement silo walls. If your silo’s internal temperature is markedly warmer than outdoor conditions, that can have a similar effect. Regardless of the cause, when moisture collects and falls into the dry material within, that’s when hardening comes into play.
How Can Moisture Affect My Cement and Silo?
As we’ve mentioned previously, clumps and clogs are the main concerns related condensation within your cement. Once moisture makes its way into your dry material, it can become difficult — if not impossible — to release cement from the bottom of your storage silo. As it relates to your silo, potential danger depends largely on the material from which it is made. Steel silos, for instance, find themselves at risk of corrosion, and excess moisture speeds that process along. This can lower your cement storage silo’s overall life span.
How Can My Crew Keep Issues at Bay?
The saying goes that the best defense is a good offense. Incorporate dehumidifiers and ventilation into your cement storage silos to keep moisture out — or to remove what makes its way inside. Regular inspections can also help crew members pinpoint potential problem areas before they become true issues. Make note of any new corrosion or vulnerabilities, and then make repairs. As we like to say, small updates now can help companies avoid hefty repairs and replacements down the line. Ongoing maintenance also makes a difference. By having a licensed concrete chipping company remove hardened material from your silos every three months, you ensure the cement — and business — keeps flowing. As an added bonus, a professional company will offer another set of eyes to help you spot potential problems.
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