Drawbacks in doing Concrete Pouring Yourself - When to call in a professional
Sometimes people think that they can save themselves a few bucks by putting in a driveway, or a patio themselves. But you can run into practical and aesthetic troubles if you do so.
This article covers a detail note on what can go wrong and how you can avoid it by calling a professional in time.
What can go wrong?
Concrete pouring requires great knowledge and skillset along with proper planning and the right tools and equipment for the job. It’s nothing like laying pavers, pouring asphalt, or spreading gravel.
Pouring concrete yourself is doable in some certain conditions, but before you hop into that you need to assure that it’s something you can handle yourself. Here are some common mistakes that can occur in a DIY concrete pouring process:
- Improper Soil Preparation
Excavation of soil by a shovel or clearing out the land from plants and debris isn’t enough for a soil to be prepared for the concrete pouring. If you pour concrete on loose soil, it will eventually start cracking, crumbling and losing its place.
In order to get better results and avoid any cracks, it is necessary to create a firm base first. Use a plate compactor to make the soil tightly packed up. Be vigilant when leveling the surface especially when it comes to leveling or installing of forms(borders).
Rain and wind can damage your freshly poured concrete in days. Therefore, it is important to gather all the information about your area’s climate and its possible effects on concrete’s durability and appearance.
If you’re an inhabitant in an area with cold weather, make sure you use air-entrained concrete as it is a perfect solution to all the possible cracking and crumbling over time.
- Use of wrong tools
Cracks, bumps, and holes are seen in the areas where wrong tools are used to pour concrete. You need strong heavy-duty tools for concrete pouring as wooden or plastic tools don’t stand a chance in this field. As concrete pouring is time-dependent, therefore, make sure that you have everything on hand when you start mixing the concrete.
Here are some important tools required to avoid any kind of discomfort during concrete mixing:
|A large wheelbarrow||Used to transport your concrete|
|A concrete mixer||Used to efficiently mix up all the materials|
|A bull float||Used to flatten a moist surface|
|A Magnesium Float||Used to smooth bumps|
|A Heavy-duty Concrete groover||Used to install control joints|
|A broom or a brush||Used to avoid the slippery finish|
- Wrong amount of water
Using the wrong amount of water is the most common mistake when DIY concrete. The proportion of water to be added along with the dry concrete is the step where most people mess up. It is important in determining the durability and appearance of your concrete surface(driveway or a patio).
Using the wrong amount of water can become a headache. If your concrete mixture is too wet, it’ll become so soft that you won’t be able to handle it. It’ll lead to a runny and uneven pour compromising your concrete’s strength.
- Safety Measures
Some people don’t bother following safety measures and rules while doing construction. There’s a reason that OSHA has set certain safety standards for workers. It is necessary to follow all the safety measures when dealing with heavy equipment or potentially hazardous materials or tools.
When should you call in a professional?
To get an aesthetic, durable, and high-quality finish of the driveway or any concrete surface, it is compulsory to work with a local experienced team that knows about your area’s climate.
Usually, it is quite easy to pour concrete yourself in summer but that can’t be the case every time. You may need help of an experienced team in the following situations:
- The land is uneven and requires a professional to handle it.
- You don’t have the appropriate tools for the job.
- You have a special design or texture in mind.