For being such a prevalent building material on most commercial construction sites, cement is also one of the most temperamental construction substances. One miscalculated delivery time, broken-down cement truck, or moist warehouse can result in tens of thousands of dollars in spoiled materials. To keep cement ready to go, let’s run through some of the protocols commercial construction companies use to store cement before use. 

Making Sure the Building is Dry

Where cement is stored can make the difference between materials that last quite a long time before use and hundreds of pounds of waste. For this reason, it is important that any shed or storage warehouse used to hold stacks of bagged cement be regularly checked against roof leaks or moisture from the floor. A leaky floor or drips from rain can easily ruin an entire inventory of cement. 

Keeping Cement Up Off the Floor

As we mentioned before, a storage shed or warehouse with a leak can destroy hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of cement. Still, accidents will happen. To prevent these accidents from damaging dry bags of cement, it’s suggested that all cement is stored on raised platforms or pallets. Leaving space between stored cement and the walls of a storage facility is also recommended in case roofs or windows leak at connection points. 

Stack Closely to Reduce Air Flow

A humid breeze can wreak havoc on bagged cement. The more air left in a storage facility, the more likely humidity is to waft through. To limit the amount of moist air from circulating in an storage facility, it is recommended that sacks are stored close to each other. 

Lower Stacked Bags

If cement is stored under immense weight for extended periods, its texture can change. For this reason, not stacking more than 10-15 bags on each other is recommended to keep the cement from forming lumpy spots in the mix. 

Kept in Original Bags

Some may believe that you can store more cement if you did away with those space-wasting bags. However, anytime cement is exposed to air, this increases the likelihood that it will come into contact with damaging humidity. To keep cement dry, it should be stored in its original bag until it is to be mixed and used on a construction site. 

We hope you found this primer on proper bagged cement storage useful. For all of your commercial construction needs, you’re invited to learn more about the commercial construction professionals from Cowen Construction out of Tulsa, OK.