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.

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!