Are you planning to get a concrete water trough? Do you have some specific needs that can be fulfilled with the help of concrete water trough? Then, before you get it; make sure you know enough about it.
There are some downsides of these troughs and can prove to be a real trouble. They are bulky, hard to maintain, and very difficult to move around. Concrete, polyethylene, fibreglass, and steel are used to make them. However, the most preferred material in the market is concrete.
What are the downsides of concrete water trough?
When we talk about concrete, durability will be the first word to be popped in your mind. Yes, concrete is strong and has the ability to stabilize water but there are some downsides too. What follows are some of the downsides of a concrete water trough:
- Leaks and cracks will be normal after some time:
If you have not paid enough attention while constructing the trough, you may see serious cracks and leaks. And if your farm is in the middle of a drought season, then you will lose litres of precious water through these cracks.
The reasons why cracks and leaks happen are:
- Soil erosion around the area.
- Hairline crack due to incorrect placement of the base.
- Use of poor-quality concrete.
- Change in temperature that leads to contraction and extraction.
- Changes in water level.
- They are tough to clean as they deteriorate
Deterioration of a trough is a very common thing. If you failed to take care of the trough then it will happen even before you have expected it to happen.
Main reasons of why there can be deterioration in the concrete water trough are:
- The chemical reaction caused by limestone or concrete erosion due to acidic water.
- Water hardness.
- Cattle saliva.
- Mechanical cleaning.
- Cattle licking
- Enzyme present in the feed.
- They have substantial weight and tiresome
If you want to know the biggest downside of a concrete water trough then just try to move it around. They are not easy to move as they possess immense bulk. You will need to get help from machines to lift them from one place to another. It is a tiresome process and can damage your trough in between.
If the trough you own doesn’t have a drainage hole then you are in for a task. In order to get them clean, you need to roll them over empty and without the drainage hole, you will be pretty sure to choose the next trough with it.
- The excessive lime released by concrete
New concrete may contain alkaline like lime in their aggregates. This lime has the ability to increase the pH level of water inside the trough. Although lime is added to your livestock water, excessive lime can cause the water to be highly alkaline. The effects of highly alkaline water are:
- Animals may not consume this water and can be the reason of death.
- May experience digestive diseases such as diarrhea.
With the help of these factors, it is now up to you whether you need a concrete water trough or not. Although, they have their downsides; they are very capable of providing water to your livestock and fulfil your demands.