Can I Pour Concrete in the Rain?

“Can I pour concrete in the rain?” This is one of the most common questions our clients here at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe often receive. The concern is warranted since Tulsa, Oklahoma City is a hotbed for rain and other inclement weather throughout the year. Once and for all, let us settle this question.


Effect of Rainwater on Concrete

There is a reason why most concrete pouring stop during rain. The main problem is how the strength of the concrete mix will be affected. Water is essential in concrete, but the wrong proportion or too much distribution can greatly damage its integrity, durability, texture, and appearance.


If it starts to rain during the mixing, transferring, pouring, and basically when the concrete is still fresh (roughly 2-4 hours after mixing), then the strength will be compromised. The increase in water will making the pouring easier and you might not notice the effects right away, but there is a high chance that the concrete is already prone to damage. It is likely to develop dusting, cracking, crumbling, and surface scaling.


If the concrete has set is down to its finishing process, rainwater will no longer cause damage. In fact, many experts say that keeping water on the surface might even be beneficial. However, too much i.e. ponding water might cause discoloration or a change in texture.


If it has been 4-8 hours after mixing, there is a high chance that your concrete will be safe from rainwater.


Precautionary Measures When Pouring Concrete in the Rain

Concrete pouring should generally stop during rain, but if your team is unable to, here are a couple of precautions to keep in mind:


Make sure that the construction team has a protective enclosure area ready in case rain falls any time of the day.


If it does start to rain while in the mixing process, it is vital to have the concrete covered with plastic sheeting. Keep in mind that the plastic should not come in contact with the surface.


We strongly recommend avoiding concrete pouring during heavy rain and strong winds.


Professionals need to be fully knowledgeable in the water-cement ration, especially in case rainwater seeps into the mixture.


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4 Pros of Using Skid Steer

Skid steer is one of the most popular mechanical workhorses in any construction project. It’s quick. It’s compact. It’s powerful. For more than 30 years it continues to dominate the market, but nowadays many are also rivaling it to the modern-day loader. We at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe have received a lot of questions one which machine to use. The answer will still depend on your project. Still, here are four compelling reasons why we still recommend skid steer.


Impressive Maneuverability

Until now there is no loader or construction equipment that can outmatch a skid steer in terms of maneuverability. It provides great visibility and is quick to rotate. Its unique selling point is also its easy to use joystick-like controls, which even less experienced workers easily learn.


Compact Size

A skid steer is the perfect unit for narrow areas and hard to reach places. It is significantly smaller than a compact or front loader so it is the clear choice if your project involves an oddly shaped property or residential area. Its lighter weight also allows for easier and less costly transport.


Heavy Duty

Do not be fooled by its size — a skid steer packs very strong hydraulic horsepower under the hood. It can load its bucket and raise it up to a certain height. This is why many contractors see it as the clear-cut choice when doing low to mid-level projects. Its hard tires are also great for concrete and asphalt compared to track loaders which will wear out faster.


High Versatility

Our skid steer service is incredibly versatile that it can be used for ground leveling, transferring rocks, and dirt, spreading sand, and much more. It comes with the standard metal bucket attached at the front end, but it also has a wide variety of attachments to choose from, i.e. fork, ground engaging tools, grapples, and brooms.


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When is the Best Time to Use a Backhoe?

Here at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe, we are often asked by our customers in the Tulsa, Oklahoma City area for recommendations on which construction equipment suits their project. There is no one size fits all solution for every job, but most of the time a backhoe is the closest thing there is. It is extremely versatile, mobile, and cost-effective. The question is: When is it the best time to use a backhoe?


Landscaping Jobs


Many landscapers consider backhoe as their go-to equipment. It is perfect for digging up and/or moving trees and keeping their roots intact. It can also move boulders, rocks, soil and dig fence post holes, small ponds, and trenches. Regardless of the terrain, a backhoe delivers.


Road Works


A backhoe is always present from the beginning to the end of most road construction projects. The plow on the opposite end from the bucket can help grade or smoothen out the road. After using it for digging, a backhoe can then help in pushing the dirt away from the construction site.


During winter, even when there is no construction ongoing, people use backhoes to plow snow and clear roads.


Multiple Projects


We cannot stress enough how versatile and functional a backhoe really is. It is a highly popular machine in other industries, i.e. agriculture, cemetery operations, swimming pool construction, military, and schools, universities. When you rent it out, you can use it for both your residential and commercial projects. Unlike other equipment, a backhoe can be used to destroy, fortify, expand, and build properties all at the same time.


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Using Backhoe in Tree Removal and Clearing Stump

Removing a tree from your yard or any property is never a walk in the park. This is why we at Clayton Concrete & Backhoe always tell our customers here in Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK area that tree or stump removal should always be left in the hands of professionals.


Hazards of Tree Stump Removal

Although there are others who would see that keeping a tree stump can be no problem at all, here are some of the dangers it can bring to your home:


– It can be a safety hazard to kids running around your lawn as they can easily trip over or hit it.


– Stumps are known to be breeding grounds for pests, especially cockroaches. They can also be carrying infestations or plant disease that might affect other trees in your area.


– Splinters or pieces of wood from the stump can damage your possessions, equipment i.e. lawn mower and weed whacking machine, or worse, ricochet in other directions and hurt someone.


– Even after cutting the tree, roots from the stump can still grow uncontrollably and damage other parts of the house like driveway and garden patch.


– It can be both displeasing to the eye and a hindrance in your landscaping plans.


Why Use a Backhoe in Clearing a Tree?

There are many ways on how to address a tree stump. Some people resort to using removal products with chemicals designed to decay a stump until it is weak enough to be easily removed. The problem with this method is that the chemicals can infect other plants and even be toxic to animals and the process can take a very long time before you can actually remove the stump. There are also those who rely manually or using a chainsaw. However, these can be both dangerous and also time consuming.


A backhoe is a very flexible construction equipment. Many experts even recommend it for the entire tree removal process, from breaking up the dirt below, removing the tree (and even including the stump altogether), and covering the hole back. Since it is relatively easier to operate, professionals can have it done quickly and efficiently. All you need is good equipment and good people behind the job.


Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, our equipment is highly reliable not only for removing stump, but also for versatile construction projects including digging, trenching, ground leveling, building foundations, and many more. Learn more about our backhoe and other construction services by visiting our blog. If you are in need of one here in Oklahoma City & Tulsa Oklahoma area, then call us today and we would be happy to serve you right away. Thank you.

Advantages of Concrete Pumping

Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we are often asked by our clients on how they can speed up their construction and improve the quality as well. Whether for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes, we always recommend the use of concrete pumping as it is an effective modern tool that constantly delivers and even cuts costs. Below are some of the main advantages on why you ought to be considering concrete pumping right now.


More Accurate Concrete Pouring

Accuracy is highly important especially for commercial establishments such as high rise buildings. Having a precise concrete pouring method means almost zero waste in materials, less chance of delay, no spills, drips, uneven, or lumpy pours, and a generally more professional finish. With concrete pumping, we can guarantee a more accurate construction which will directly result to better management of resources.


Improved Concrete Strength & Quality

One of the biggest reasons why you should consider concrete pumping is the incredibly less amount of water it needs compared to other concrete pouring methods. Concrete with less water is stronger and no longer prone to shrinking and cracking. This will greatly reduce the need for maintenance, repair, and new pouring. The improved strength concrete pumping does to your construction will ultimately save money over time.


Less Labor

Labor can be quite a pain in any construction job, especially in finding skilled employees and managing costs. Fortunately, concrete pumping helps minimize this problem as it requires the least amount of manpower than any concrete pouring technique. There is no need to manually pour batches of concrete as there is dedicated equipment to do it quickly and even more effectively. You can now have less people on site and have other employees focusing on other tasks.


Faster and More Convenient Concrete Placement

There is without a doubt that concrete pumping makes pouring a lot simpler and faster. It eliminates the need for manual equipment like wheelbarrows and lets you easily maneuver over hard to reach areas. Overall, concrete pumping is easier to manage is more cost effective than any other method available.


To know more on how you can improve your construction process, visit our blog again soon. If you are looking for a high quality concrete pumping company that can also accommodate by supplying a backhoe or skid steer service, then give us a call here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe today. Thank you.

Backhoe vs Excavator

Medium to heavy duty construction requires heavy duty equipment such as a backhoe and excavator. The two are considered juggernauts in building differ not only in size and weight, but also in terms of functionality, versatility, and transportability. Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we often recommend our clients the most effective and cost-efficient equipment and service we see fit for their project and budget.


If you are wondering which one is better, then there is no definite answer. We can only determine the perfect fit for you based on your needs as each kind has its own advantages. Below is a quick comparison of the two.



Not only is the excavator the larger and more heavy-duty option, it is also has the advantage of being able to rotate the chassis and boom by 360 degrees. A backhoe can only reach up to 200 degrees. This benefit is perfect for transporting larger loads, perfect for industrial purposes. We recommend an excavator for heavy projects such as demolition, digging large holes, heavy-duty lifting and placement, and more.



A backhoe, which consists of a dipper and a boom, may be the smaller option, but it is without a doubt the more versatile one. It can be utilized for medium to heavy construction projects such as pools, swimming pools, building pads, footings, water lines, gas lines, septic tanks, storm shelters, tree removal, demolition, drilling holes, and much more.


This equipment is highly recommended for jobs that require traveling quickly, have multiple tasks at hand, and have different sizes and conditions of the space.


For recommendations and additional information on choosing the right kind of equipment for your construction needs, please visit our blog again soon. For more a more professional and personal consultation in the Oklahoma City or Tulsa Oklahoma area, then contact us at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe today. Have a great day ahead!

Common Concrete Problems

Adding concrete to your property can immediately boost its appearance and durability. Concrete goes with almost anything, especially with roads, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, yards, garage, and much more. However, this building material is no different from others in terms of vulnerability to damage. Here are some of the most common concrete problems you might encounter.


Cracking: This might be the most common problem you might encounter. Concrete is prone to cracking because of contraction from time and weather, shrinkage, or poor application and material used. Seeing a crack for the first time might cause you to panic, especially if it’s huge. The best way to address this is to call professionals and see how deep the crack is. It is important not to let this stay exposed outside for long, especially if there is rain or snow as moisture can seep into the concrete.


Discoloration: Nobody likes a faded or stained concrete. Concrete discoloration can happen due to extreme weather conditions, poor material, water, different materials, or calcium chloride added during application, wrong finishing, or too much troweling. This can be addressed by certain concrete cleaners.


Scaling: Usually caused by poor finishing and water/moisture seepage, scaling refers to the surface of the concrete chipping or breaking. You can ask trusted professionals for the right material to use, or you can have them address this problem immediately. The flaking will continue until you have it fixed.


Crazing: Consider this as cracking, but on a smaller scale. Crazing involves a number of small cracks only on the surface of the concrete. In other words, this is purely aesthetic and you don’t have to worry about its stability. However, when gone unaddressed, it can appear larger, accumulate moisture, and even lead to the depreciation of your area’s value/image. You can address this by contacting the company that applied the concrete finishing because crazing is usually caused by wrong application.


For more information on utilizing and maintaining concrete for both residential and commercial purposes, visit our blog often. If you are looking for a reputable name in concrete pumping in the Oklahoma City or Tulsa Oklahoma area, then look no further than Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe. Call us today for a free consultation. Thank you and have a nice day!

Skid Steer vs Compact Wheel Loader

Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we are often asked by our clients about what kind of equipment will fit their job order. As a reputable name in construction and concrete pumping in the State of Oklahoma, our answer will always depend on the details of the project and the overall needs of the client.


When it comes to carriers, the skid steer and compact wheel loader are highly recommended as they are both versatile and efficient. For those who are unaware, the former is the smaller tool that skids its tires when moving around an area while the latter has a more steerable movement and articulated view of the area.


Although the skid steer is often the popular choice in America, we still advise our clients to see their options before fully deciding. The factors in choosing the right equipment can depend on lift capacity and height, hydraulic horsepower, transportation needs, movement speed, and more.


Compact Wheel Loader

The main advantage of a compact wheel loader is its generally larger bucket which can carry more load, perfect if you need a versatile heavy carrier. Since it is bigger than its counterpart, your seating is higher; hence, you definitely have more visibility. You won’t have much trouble looking when backing. Furthermore, the wheel loader feels solid in your hands as you can easily maneuver and control the power when driving.


Skid Steer

On the other hand, a compact wheel loader can never out-maneuver a skid steer. Despite its smaller bucket capacity, we can highly recommend this equipment as a carrier for smaller spaces, especially with its short turning radius. A wheel loader generally wins in terms of reach and height, but a skid steer is incredibly dependable when transporting and repositioning items quickly and comfortably.


For more information on carrier equipment, please visit our blog again soon as we are constantly updating it. Thank you and have a nice day!

What are the Causes & Dangers of Potholes

Road safety should never be compromised. We at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe are strong advocates of better roads and concrete for both private and public purposes in the State of Oklahoma. One of the biggest hindrances in achieving this is potholes. In fact, it was tallied that six billion dollars are spent on automobile repair and medical treatments caused by potholes.


What is a Pothole?

A pothole is usually a large cavity on the road formed by erosion, wear and tear, and various natural activities. You can immediately spot one when the pavement or concrete can no longer bear the weight of the load above ground brought by the ruptured hole. The term originated from 15th century England wherein potters would dig ruts on the road in order to gather raw clay. This caused a lot of turmoil as the holes would cause accidents among coaches, wagons, and horses back in the day.


What Causes Potholes?

The most common cause is that it resulted in the combination of water and traffic. When the pavement cracks, moisture from the rain and snow will enter and loosen the soil underneath. Even after drying up from the heat, the road beneath has already expanded and elevated, no longer returning to its original solid state. When the foundation becomes weak and loose, it can no longer bear the heavy traffic that will pass through, resulting in erosion and potholes.


Pothole Dangers

Thousands of accidents caused by potholes among automobiles, motorcycles, pedestrians, and road workers are being recorded every year. These ruts do not only damage the appearance of roads and pavements of neighborhoods, they also bring higher risk every time they are not being fixed immediately.


A small pothole can cause people to trip over or bicycles to get damaged, while larger ones can lead cars to swerve or drivers to lose control and lead to a potentially fatal accident. This is why we at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe strongly encourage everyone to act fast if there is one near their homes or business.


Visit our blog often for more information on road and concrete safety. If you are looking for a high quality concrete pumping company that can also accommodate by supplying a backhoe or skid steer service, then give us a call today. Thank you.