Concrete swimming pools are prized for their exceptional durability and longevity, and constructing one on your property can be a very sound investment.
However, actually getting the concrete you need to the area where you want to construct your pool can be surprisingly challenging, especially if road access to your pool area is limited or your property is close to nearby buildings. Hiring a concrete pumping service can be a convenient and cost-effective way to get concrete to your pool construction site in cases where ordinary road transportation is not possible.
Concrete pumping services use both truck-mounted boom pumps and trailer-mounted line pumps to swiftly and effectively funnel concrete to a job site. Line pumping services are particularly popular and have several advantages over boom pumping services. However, there are also some disadvantages to choosing a service that uses line pumps, so be sure to familiarise yourself with these pros and cons before making a decision.
Why should I choose a concrete line pumping service when constructing a swimming pool?
Concrete boom pumps are large, articulated pipes that funnel concrete from the truck to the construction site. Concrete line pumps are much smaller pieces of equipment that can usually be towed behind a small commercial vehicle, and they use flexible hoses to quickly funnel liquid concrete to where it needs to be.
Concrete line pumps are much more compact than boom pumps and are therefore capable of fitting into much smaller spaces. This makes them ideal for constructing swimming pools on most urban and suburban residential properties, where finding suitable space to park a full-sized concrete truck can be nearly impossible. If you have a reasonably sized driveway, the line pump can be parked there for added convenience.
Because line pumps are smaller and less complex than boom pumps, hiring a line pumping service also tends to be considerably cheaper.
Why shouldn't I choose a concrete line pumping service when constructing a swimming pool?
There is one great drawback to choosing a line pumping service over a boom pumping service, and that is limited pumping capacity. Compact line pumps are much less powerful than most boom pumps and will transport concrete at a much slower pace.
While this pace is adequate for most residential construction projects, it can be insufficient for particularly large pools. If concrete cannot be transported to your new pool quickly enough, it will start to harden and cure before the pool's superstructure is completed, which can cause serious structural issues. Line pumps may also be too slow if you can only make space for a concrete pump for a very limited amount of time.