Top 10 Tips to Prepare For Your Concrete Delivery
Are you having concrete delivered to your premises? If so, then here are some handy ideas to make sure your delivery is efficient, safe and successful.
Here are 10 tips for ensuring that your concrete delivery goes smoothly.
1. Is there room for the truck?
Concrete delivery trucks are bulky vehicles and they can be about 11 metres long and need a few metres of clearance on either side. Just check if there are parked cars on your road, or if you have narrow gates.
Also make sure the layout of your road will not be difficult for the vehicle, such as a cul-de-sac or a no-through road. Inform your provider of these hindrances so they can make allowances.
2. Clear your site entrance and make space
It is a good idea to prepare the site the day before delivery. Ensure the ground is level by compacting and dampening the earth, and clear any debris such as stones, old concrete or bushes from the area.
3. Set up framework
The frame is a wooden barrier set up around the edge of the pour site that creates the shape of the concrete slab. To ensure the success of your project, use thick pieces of timber to make the framework strong enough to support the concrete.
4. Prepare your staff
If you are having the concrete delivered to your commercial premises, then you need to make sure your staff are ready. Are they wearing the correct clothing? Do they know their responsibilities? Being organised will ensure the safety and efficiency of your project.
It is important to be safety conscious, so be sure that you and your staff have:
- Long sleeves and trousers
- Rubber gloves
- Eye protection
- Large rubber boots
6. Get the right equipment
It would be helpful to keep any relevant equipment handy and ready for use. This includes tools such as:
- Strings and pegs
- A spirit level
- A tarpaulin
7. Check the weather forecast
To avoid any disastrous situations, check the weather before the day of delivery. If there is going to be bad weather, such as a surprise downpour or a storm, then you will be able to stop it from affecting your project. You could cover the area to protect the concrete and workers, or create a specific plan of action.
8. Check you have ordered the correct amount of concrete
It would be a nightmare on the day of delivery to receive the wrong amount of concrete. Luckily, here at Sussex Ready Mix Concrete, we only charge you for what you use meaning it’s no bother if you go a little over. However, do make sure to order enough concrete to avoid paying for another delivery – speak to your supplier in advance to make sure.
9. Warn your neighbours
It is polite as well as useful to inform your neighbours of your concrete delivery. They can move any cars out of the way, and won’t be alarmed by loud noises or the concrete truck manoeuvring on the road.
10. Choose your concrete transfer method
Before the concrete arrives you need to choose the method you will use to transfer it from the truck. If you need to use a wheelbarrow, make sure you have enough labourers to do this. If the pour location is too far away from the truck then you will need to use a concrete pump to transfer it.
If you are looking for an expert, family-run company to supply your concrete, Sussex Ready Mix Concrete is the perfect choice. We are the leading concrete supplier in the county and can pour for any project you require, be it foundations, driveways or oversites. To find out more, contact us today.