Concrete Short Pour

What is a Concrete Short Pour?

An average cement truck holds 10 Cubic Yards, this would be enough concrete to pour approximately 600 square feet, depending on the thickness. Many concrete jobs require multiple trucks.  But what if you only want to replace a section of sidewalk on your property?  This is considered a Concrete Short Pour.

Example of a Short Pour

Consider the common scenario where tree roots have pushed up your sidewalk creating a trip hazard.  You might need to replace only a section or two of this sidewalk.  For this example, we want to replace 20 feet of sidewalk, 5 feet wide and 5 inches thick.  You would need approximately 2 cubic yards.  This is referred to as a Concrete Short Pour.   A short pour is needed to pour a pad, side walk 2 or 3 panels of a side walk, a concrete slab, a short driveway, or curb and gutter.  Small area under approximately 200 square feet.


Example of a curb that was replaced:


Example of Pouring Concrete after new Propane Line Install

After a new propane line was run at Murrieta Fire & Rescue Fire Station #1 BPSI was contacted to pour concrete to cover the location of the new propane line.



Remove and Replace Concrete vs. Scarifying

Sometimes a trip hazard can be removed by grinding the area.  BPSI uses a Scarifier and Vacuum system mounted on a utility cart to remove trip hazards of up to 2” in depth.  The concrete needs to be removed and replaced if any of the following occur:

  • Vertical change in height is more than 2”
  • The Trip Hazard is along the edge of the curb with the curb higher than the sidewalk
  • When there are underlying issues such as a tree root that needs to be removed or irrigation that requires repair.

Read more about our Scarifiying and Trip Hazard Removal Services.


In this area the sidewalk is higher than the curb so scarifiying was a cost effective solution.


This area cannot be ground because the sidewalk is lower than the curb.

How a Short Pour is completed

First the old concrete is broken up and disposed of offsite.  Forms are created for the new concrete.  If the new slab is going next to existing concrete rebar is used to pin the new concrete into the existing concrete.  The new concrete is poured.  The surface is finished to match existing concrete or as the customer requests.  Finishes could include a broom finish, exposed aggregate finish, salt finish or designer finishes such as stamped concrete.  It can be concrete grey or stained a variety of colors.

Replacement of a Concrete Slab

This slab rose up enough to block the fire access room door from opening.  The concrete was removed and replaced so the door now opens freely.


Depending on amount of concrete needed, it can be mixed on site or ordered as a short load.  BPSI has a C8 concrete license with the CSLB and our techs are trained to give you expert results.  Give BPSI a call we can find a solution to your concrete needs.

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