Commercial concrete contractors have the skills and knowledge necessary to create any type of commercial concrete project from simple slab foundations to extensive structural constructions. When it comes to residential and commercial concrete, the types of projects range from simple slab foundations to extensive poured concrete walls and skyscrapers. In addition to the types of projects, the kinds of materials vary as well. For example, different kinds of rock are used for residential and commercial concrete, while different kinds of aggregates and other ingredients are used in residential and commercial concrete.
One of the most important elements of a successful construction project is a sound concrete structure. Properly applied concrete and the right drainage system are essential to the strength and longevity of the finished project. The key element of a strong foundation is the proper drainage system. Professional concrete companies use hydro-scum systems that will ensure that water drainage will be effective and efficient, eliminating washed-out areas and providing an aesthetic drainage system for the project.
Proper grading of the land also helps keep concrete from washing out. In addition, contractors use drainage equipment that helps to channel water away from the base and away from the foundation and floor drains. Grading of the land will depend on the type of project and the soil conditions. For instance, grading will be different for slabs, overlay, and basement sub-slab. The depth of the grading will also vary depending on the project.
If water is not properly directed and controlled, leaks can occur and cause major damage to the project. Contractors should know how to set up a sump pump and drainage system, but often, the homeowners will have to hire a professional. It is important to remember that contractors are more experienced and knowledgeable than homeowners, and they already know how to install these tools and equipment. Homeowners should also be aware that water damage can also occur during a severe weather event.
Most contractors install the drainage system and sump pump according to the package instructions that come with the structure. However, there are a few exceptions. In certain states, contractors are required to perform additional inspections. In these states, the water management engineer will also have to perform additional inspections and tests. In most states, these inspections are performed by the water management engineer before any construction begins.
Water and moisture enter a building through doors, windows, sprinkler systems, and storm drains. In all cases, there is a moisture release point, where the building rises above ground level. Contractors use grade-based materials to mark the release points, which will help them to identify areas where there are large amounts of standing water. Cedar is often used to surround any opening or other area where water may enter a building.
When a building experiences a severe weather outbreak, contractors may choose to close all non-essential openings in the building. The perimeter of the building is typically first treated using a bacterial solution. After the perimeter has been treated, it is sprayed with a borate-based water control product. Any opening or other area that does not contain a water control product is closed and protected from future water damage.
Commercial concrete contractors may choose to have a tiered drainage system that features tiered channels. These channels are designed to better distribute water on a flat surface. Tiered channels are commonly placed in parking garages and on highways. Contractors may choose to locate tiered channel drainage where there is heavy water flow. In some states, tiered channels are required by law as part of the water drainage system in structures that are constructed following the 2021 guidelines for new buildings and structures.