If you need to have concrete pumped on to your job site, then you have to decide how to get it where it needs to go. If you have a big job, then doing this manually will take too much time. So, you'll be looking at automated options like line or boom pumping.
While line pumping works well on some sites, there are times when using a boom pump is better. How does a boom pump work and why should you use one?
How Does Boom Pumping Work?
Concrete boom pumping uses a crane-like boom to deliver concrete, usually from a height. The boom sits on a vehicle that has a concrete tank attached to it. The concrete is mixed and pumped through pipes along the boom arm until it reaches the drop point. At this point, the concrete is released, and it pumps down and out into the space it needs to fill.
Why Use a Boom to Pump Concrete?
Boom pumping has some advantages over pumping through lines on the ground. For example, the elongated reach and height of the boom is a useful feature. Boom pumps work effectively even if your site has areas that are hard to access. The boom vehicle doesn't even need to come on to the site; it can work from the outside. As long as the boom can reach the pumping point, you can get concrete in. The ability to use the boom at height also helps you negotiate over and around structures or equipment that might otherwise get in the way of line pumps.
It's also easier to pump a lot of concrete at once without losing any pressure if you use a boom. If you line pump concrete over a long distance, a lack of pressure can make for a sluggish and slow fill. The concrete has to travel a long way through a lot of piping. A boom pump maintains pressure throughout the boom and pumps out concrete fast enough for you to finish even a big job in double time. The boom also moves quickly from place to place if you need to lay concrete in multiple locations.
Once you have finished a fill, you simply move the boom to the next area, and you can start to pump immediately. If you used line pumping, you would have to add more lines or move existing ones to the new location. This takes time and manpower.
For more information about the benefits of using a boom pump on your site, talk to concrete pumping contractors. They can help you decide if this is the best option and, if so, what kind of pump you need to use.