Find The Right Concrete Washout Solution

Posted on: 17 August 2017


When concrete gets poured, it doesn't all leave the truck. That means that at the end of the day, there are a lot of trucks that have various amounts of concrete left in them. You can't leave that in the trucks overnight because it turns into a huge concrete rock in the back of the truck. In order to get that out, it would take someone climbing in the truck with a jackhammer or something similar to get all that hardened concrete out. So, at the end of the day, washing out all those trucks must be done. It can get messy and the concrete can be hazardous to the environment. There are options that will help to deal with those problems. 

Washout Bins

One thing you can do is to use washout bins. These bins are designed to hold anything that comes out from the trucks as they are washed out. The bins tend to have ramps so that the trucks can back up on those ramps, and then end of the truck will be right by the bin. All the wastewater and solids that come out from the truck are going to be caught in the bin. When the truck is clean, there are different things that can happen to the bins. One is that they can be appropriately emptied right away for more trucks to use it, or for a larger bin, another truck can just come and roll up to use it. Generally, you can work with a company that will come and haul off the bins and all the wastewater and solids away so that they are safely disposed of. 

Storage Tanks

Another option is to use storage tanks for washout purposes. For one of these tanks, the way it generally works is that the truck pulls over a grate where there is a hose to wash out the truck. As the truck gets washed out, all that wastewater and the solids go down into the grate. From there, they go into a storage tank where they can collect until it's time for the tank to be pumped out and disposed of correctly. 

It's important that all the concrete gets cleaned out of the trucks at the end of the day. But, when that happens, it's also important to make sure that it's done correctly, to minimize any environmental damage that could happen if all that water got all over the place. Work with professionals at companies like CWS Colorado, LLC to get more advice.