How to store cement for a long time
Since cement has properties that absorb the moisture in the air or any other source which it chemically reacts to. The strength of such kind of cement when used later is adversely affected, also making it unfit for any use. When storing cement you have to be careful about a number of factors so that its longevity is not affected. The only way one can ensure the freshness of cement is by keeping it away from moisture or dampness. Proper storage becomes even more important during the humid season, especially in coastal regions where air contains even higher amount of moisture in it.
If you have to store bagged cement products at home, make sure you keep them off the ground and fully protected from the weather. Any exposed cement leads to formation of lumps. To test the usability of the cement after this one must move their fingers across it and see if the lumps can be powdered. If not, then the cement cannot be used for any construction purposes and in this case needs to be discarded immediately.
Tips for storage of cement:
- Keep away from any building which is not weather proof.
- Do not store in a place where any freshly done interiors have not dried out properly.
- Do not store near any windows or doors which are not properly fitted and keep it in a closed environment at all times.
- Pile all cement bags on the floor or wooden planks and never stack against the wall.
- Always pile the bags together but not more than 15 bags high with a header or stretcher arrangement.
- Refrain from keeping any dead storage.
- Step back to 3 or 4 tiers instead of picking from 1 tier.
- At temporary work sites one must avoid keeping cement bags on the ground. Keep it on a raised dry platform covered with polythene sheets.