August 14, 2018 / by Preginund / Foundation Repair / No Comments

How to Pour a Concrete Slab

Scottsdale concrete projects usually consume a lot of resources. You have to make sure you get it right from the beginning. If you are doing it on your own, you could easily save a lot of money or waste money. For a project that will cost no less than $500, you have to be very keen on how you go about it.

The following are a few useful tips that will guide you along the way:

Prepare the Site

Site preparation is not just about clearing the site. You also need to get the necessary permits. Get an expert to inspect the premise. A slab that has been constructed where there is restricted movement and cracking will last longer, especially if the soil where it is built is properly drained.

Build Level Forms for a Perfect Slab

You will have to build forms. The forms must be leveled at the height you desire. A builder’s level will help you get accurate results at a faster speed. For the height of your forms, use a laser level of a transit level.

The forms have to be braced because fresh concrete will usually push the boards outside, and you may end up with an irregular edge, which will be difficult and expensive, if not impossible, to repair.

Build Up the Base

A firm base that drains properly is mandatory to resist cracks. If you are not using sandy soil, you will need an additional layer of gravel. Once you have the forms in the right place, determine the amount of fill needed. Get the measurements in different sections and then get an average estimate of these results. If the slab is heated, you must cover the ground with polyethylene sheets.

Strengthen the Slab with Steel Bar

For crack resistance and additional strength, you have to reinforce the slab. A ½-inch rebar will be a good way to handle this. You can get a rebar from home centers or the local masonry stores. Do not pour a large slab at once, especially if the weather is dry and extremely hot. Instead, divide the project into segments and fill the slab on different days.

Prepare for the Concrete Truck

Pouring Scottsdale foundation repair generally takes a few minutes. Make sure you are fully prepared before the truck arrives. The forms must be in place and properly braced. Where possible, make sure you don’t do it on a windy or hot day. In this weather, the hardening process goes on faster, and you might not even have time to smoothen the finish before the slab hardens.

Pour and Level the Concrete

For leveling, get a screed board (2 x 4) and drag it over the top of the forms. Where necessary, pass the screed board around multiple times until you have a properly filled and flat section. Have someone remove or pour more foundation repair Scottsdale ahead of the screed board where necessary.

Float and Trowel for a Smooth Finish

For a smooth finish, use a trowel and float around the edge of your slab. Keep doing this until you get a smooth finish. For this project, troweling can be one of the most challenging. You will need some practice before you can master it and get the perfect smooth finish. Try and keep the slab moist after it is poured. This will enable it to cure properly and become stronger. You can also spray curing compound on it.