What Is Porous Concrete? Things to Know

Pervious concrete is a unique form of high-porosity concrete made from a combination of water, cement, a rough aggregate and a minimum quantity of fine aggregates (sand). Pervious concrete provides a porous medium that allows rainwater and other sources to flow through and enter the underlying soil. This decreases pollution from the site thus recharging groundwater. Pervious concrete has benefits in sustainable construction and is also used in roads, car parks and greenhouses.

Usage of pervious concrete is accepted by the EPA(US Environmental Protection Agency) as the Best Control Method for Stormwater, as it allows for pollution control. The sewer systems used to manage stormwater flooding are becoming more difficult to install due to their scale and the expense of compliance with stormwater requirements. Using pervious concrete for paved areas decreases runoff, which also decreases the need for stormwater drainage ditches and the necessary capacity of storm sewers.

Pervious concrete traps stormwater naturally, minimizing the number of contaminants that enter streams and other water bodies. This concrete acts as a reservoir for stormwater drainage, and this helps to preserve groundwater levels in the city. Another advantage of pervious concrete is that it eliminates the effect of building on surrounding plants, as it enables the movement of both water and air to the plant roots.

How Is Pervious Concrete Fitted?

Well, Permeable concrete is usually shipped to construction sites ready-mixed. In order to level it off, a vibrational screed is needed, and the concrete is then compressed with a heavyweight steel roller to improve power Due to the low water volume, the curing process is complicated after placement, pervious concrete is fogged with water, protected with a plastic sheet and kept moist for at least 7 days to allow for proper hydration. This way, the concrete will achieve the expected power.

How Much Stormwater Can Porous Concrete Catch?

Pervious concrete used for pavement can take 3-5 gallons of rainwater per min per sq foot. This typically increases the flow rate required to avoid runoff in most rainfall events. Pervious concrete may be using the underlying layer of rough gravel to keep water underneath the pavement, or water may enter the soil directly.

The drainage area produced by pervious concrete stops a large portion of the contaminated runoff from occurring on the impervious surface. There is also a method of filtration, where the water is filtered as it passes through the open cells of the pavement. Aerobic bacteria help to break down toxic contaminants and substances in the rain water.

Previous concrete is an excellent choice for some applications, but in many cases the physical characteristics of its composition limit its use. It’s got a rough honeycombed base, and there’s a certain amount of ravel. This could be a matter of high-traffic pavement, as tires may loosen aggregates on the surface. A potential alternative is to chip down the pavement, but most of the builders opt instead to use the traditional pavement with appropriate storm control systems.