Retaining walls can get damaged over time no matter how perfectly they were designed and constructed. If you are experiencing retaining wall damage, it is probably due to one of the following causes. Any of these causes can make you a good candidate for retaining wall repair.
The soil held back by your drainage wall can get very moist depending on the weather. In heavy rains, the saturated soil can skyrocket the pressure against your retaining wall. If your retaining wall is not designed to withstand these extreme pressures, it will likely tilt, crumble, or crack—all of which are detrimental to its proper function.
To prevent this from occurring, your retaining wall must be designed with a proper drainage system. Most retaining walls use a seeping method, which allows water to seep through the retaining wall without allowing erosion. You can also incorporate pea gravel into your landscaping to allow adequate drainage in the soil. This can prevent the soil from becoming saturated.
Sometimes, your retaining wall is not built to withstand the pressure it is holding. This can happen for some reasons, including a mistake. Whatever the cause, this is detrimental to the condition of your retaining wall. Over time, it will likely buckle, tilt, or even separate from an adjoining wall. To fix this, call us here at Omega Masonry for expert retaining wall repair. We can either extend the footing or thicken the base of your wall with extra concrete. If your retaining wall needs a lot more support, we can even add anchors and tiebacks.
Your retaining walls may be damaged because of foundation issues. A retaining wall is a structure, and structures require a solid foundation to withstand pressure. If a retaining wall does not have a solid foundation, it could crack and collapse. In order to ensure this does not happen, our retaining wall repair contractors compact the soil beneath the wall so that it has a good, reliable base. Our contractors also investigate the site to make sure that the climate and soil are compatible with the intended design and materials. Our contractors also make the retaining walls footing deep so that it can withstand the weight of even saturated soil. We will go below the frost line if need be.
If the contractors who originally built your retaining wall skipped any of these crucial steps, the foundation of your retaining wall is likely causing the damage and will require repair.
No matter what is causing your retaining wall damage, you will need to have it repaired as soon as you notice the damage has occurred. For every day you leave your retaining wall damaged, the likelihood of a wall failure increases. In some cases, if your retaining wall fails, you may have to replace the entire structure.
If you are in the market for retaining wall repair, you know who to call. Our retaining wall repair contractors are trained professionals. They will get the job done right the first time. Contact our office to set up an appointment for your retaining wall repair consultation today.