Cement is a very fine powder. It is the most important and widely used construction material. It has a hygroscopic property. it has an ability to react with moisture immediately and become useless. To prevent wastage of cement, it is therefore essential to do following things.
01. Always have Separate Godown for Cement:
Never store cement with other products for example fertilizer, gypsum based products or even foodstuff. A tiny amount of contamination can have catastrophic results on the performance of cement in mortars, plasters or concrete.Vice versa if cement bag gets split accidently then it can damage the food products, too. Further to control moisture within the godown, it should not be frequently opened.
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02. Always Keep Space Between External Wall and Stacked Cement:
Cement bags are stored and stacked in a godown or a ware house. Always keep it free from the possibility of any moisture or dampness coming in contact with them. Dampness or moisture can enter from the external walls and react chemically with cement. Therefore, a space of minimum 600 mm required between external wall and stacked cement.
Also Read: Effect of Moisture on Cement Bags
03. Never Stack Cement Bags Directly on the Floor:
To protect the cement bags from the dampness rising from the ground, it is ideal to store the cement bags on a raised surface with an impermeable plastic sheet underneath.
Stack the cement bags on the wooden planks in such a way, so that it is about 150 mm to 200 mm above the floor.
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04. Always Roll the Cement Bag Before Lifting:
Cement bags should always be rolled over before lifting. This motion loosens the consolidated cement within the bags and reduces the possibility of bag splitting. In addition, this also allows for the underside of the bag to be checked for any damage prior to lifting, thereby avoiding further damage to the bag.