Ready Mix Concrete FAQ's

After being prepared in our batching plants, Ready Mix Concrete passes through various stages before reaching the actual construction site. Here we highlight the journey of Ready Mix concrete from the batching plant to the actual usage area of the construction project, and in this process we will answer various FAQ's about Ready Mix Concrete.

  • Transporting Ready Mix Concrete

    Ready Mix Concrete can be transported in Drum mixer's, the big concrete trucks with the spinning drum on that we all see travelling around is probably the most common method, lets not forget concrete pumps, skip & buckets ,dumper trucks and the lowly wheel barrow which are all used to transport ready mix concrete.

  • Placing Ready Mix Concrete

    The aim of placing Ready Mix concrete is to get the ready mix into position as quickly as possible, delay will cause the concrete to stiffen and thus making it unworkable. The ready mix concrete should be placed carefully in equal layers, avoiding large heaps or slopes as this will encourage segregation. Ready Mix concrete that is not placed properly will not compact properly. You must never add water to the Ready Mix concrete that is setting.

  • Ready Mix Concrete Compacting

    To compact Ready Mix Concrete, energy is applied so the mix becomes more fluid, Air trapped in the Ready Mix concrete will then rise to the top and escape, resulting in the Ready Mix concrete becoming consolidated and enabling it to develop it's full strength. Ready Mix concrete that is fully compacted will maximise the concretes strength, permeability and durability. Normal methods of ready mix concrete compacting are vibrating or tamping

  • Curing Ready Mix Concrete

    Curing is the final and yet one of the important stages of concreting. Ready Mix Concrete that has been properly cured is stronger, more resistant to chemical attack, more hard wearing and more water tight. It will also be much tougher and last longer. When cement is mixed with water a chemical reaction known as hydration takes place. This is what causes the cement to harden, which develops it's strength and durability. Hydration can only take place if the concrete is kept moist and at a favourable temperature in its early life. If the concrete is allowed to dry out the hydration process will stop. The earlier this happens the weaker the concrete will eventually become popular ways of keeping concrete is to spray with water or cover the concrete in polythene sheeting.

  • Ready Mix & The Winter

    Special care is needed when working in cold weather. If new concrete is allowed to cool too quickly, it will be damaged. Concrete should never be allowed to drop below 0° C, doing so will freeze the water in the mix, making it unfit for use. Heated concrete is used during the winter season, Ready mix concrete suppliers such as MixIt are capable of delivering heated ready mix concrete up to 10° c.

  • Ready Mix Concrete Safety

    Ready Mix Cement when damp releases Alkalis which can be harmful to the skin, the effect depends on the length of contact, any abrasion, the individual and the part of the body involved. Suitable protective clothing should be washed out immediately and medical attention sought. A COSHH and Health & Safety sheet must be used at the construction site.

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