How to Store Cement Bags On Site

Here in this blog, we outline the important points to keep in mind while you stacking and storing cement on the construction site. Explained the instructions in IS 4082 (1996) clauses 4.2 to 4.28 in a very simple way deviding in 3 segments. 

6 May 2022

Cement is a Binding material for construction work. if it is not stored carefully, leads to loss of money and materials.

Cement is the most important raw material in the construction of houses and commercial buildings. However, most Building developers lack sufficient knowledge about cement to stack and storage. 

Many builders don’t seem to realize that cement comes with a shelf-life. Cement absorbs moisture and This characteristic of cement makes it imperative that it is used before its time period. as you know, the shelf life of cement is 3 months.

According to the central PWD And Indian standard codes, given a checklist for the materials for stacking and storage on the construction site. 

How to Store Cement Bags on Site

Materials commonly used in construction must be stacked and stored according to the instructions in IS 4082 (1996) clauses 4.2 to 4.28, which have been summarised in the form of a checklist in Table 1.

See the table below to get an idea of how to store the construction materials. but here we'll talk about only cement stacking and storage. 

CPWD made a Scatch for the Storage of cement- Here we are going to Explain and Visualize it through the Video in a simple way.

As you can see the right mark is in the cement row. 


CPWD Guidelines 

The below image helps you understand the things the CPWD has passed for the construction materials to stacking and storage. if you find getting it difficult to read and understand, we have made clear points below. we've decided on 3 segments. Go through all segments to learn.

1. Base Part

In the base part where the off floor (base) is selected 

Now see the above Image to Understand the concept of stacking and storage of cement. 

 Consider all the Dimensions are in "mm"

Cement bags shall be stacked off the floor on wooden planks in such a way as to keep about 150 mm to 200 mm clear above the floor.

Starting from the bottom part- D = 150mm of Consolidated Earth layer (Compact with the flat iron dhurmus) be there to stop the water seepage.

Then C = 150 mm Dry Bricks in Two Layers or Lean Cement Concrete. bricks are easily available so use these. B = Woodell Battens (you can see the walkthrough in the video)
A = Planks (Wooden planks part of the Off Floor according to the CPWD guidelines)

2. Stack Part 

According to the CPWD Below are Points to keep in mind when Storing Cement in stacks

  • A space of 600 mm minimum shall be left all around between the exterior walls and the stacks
  • Keep cement in a dry, leak-proof, and moisture-proof environment.
  • Doors and windows must be kept closed.
  • Bags must be stacked on a wooden plank or on a strong tarpaulin at 6 inches above the ground.
  • Remember to keep the bags 2 feet away from the nearest wall and ceiling.
  • The width of the stack must not be more than the length of 4 bags or 3 meters.
  • The height of the stack should not be more than 10 bags.
  • Bags must be kept close to each other to prevent the circulation of air
  • Cover the cement with tarpaulins or plastic sheets in monsoons or when it is required to be stored for a longer time
  •  HDPE and paper bags, gunny bags, and polyethylene bags must be stored separately 
  • Do not use hooks to lift cement bags

3. Type of Cover

Use A.C or GJ Sheet or any kind of weather Proof Roof which are rich in features such as long-lasting shine, smooth finish, and durability, make these flooring and wall from any weather condition. 

take minimal slope to smoothly flow down of rainwaters. 

So as a civil Engineer, follow this process to stacking and storage of cement that will give new strength to your dream Project. 

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