A retaining wall has to main purposes. The first one is literally to keep things in or out of the area that it is covering. That seems pretty basic, right? The second real purpose is to fit into the entire look of the area. In these types of structures, it is just as important to be efficient as it is to really fit into the environment. Other times though the actual purpose of the wall can far outway the design. In these cases, we will have to adapt the overall look of the wall to the size and type of structure that is needed to protect from things like minor landslides for instance.
Building A Proper Retaining Wall
The main thing that you need to keep in mind when building a retaining wall is obviously the purpose of building the wall in the first place. We said that the wall needed to have a great design aspect to it, but that is a secondary purpose. What is the wall going to need to handle? Is it dirt, water, or both? Knowing what you are going to be up against is literally the best way to know how to properly plan what your retaining wall is going to need to look like!
Water Is Leaking From Within My Wall
We’ve always said that water is one of the most resilient enemies of concrete. It may not break your wall just one day after it has been installed. Give it about a year and things may have changed a whole bunch. If you happen to see that water is leaking from within the wall itself it may be a great time to give us a call. A lot of these issues can be fixed quickly. You just literally have to know how to read the writing on the wall.
Retaining Wall Repairs
We’ve talked about when you should give us a call, know we intend to tell you what we will do when you do call. First, off the sooner you call the more options we will have on how to fix your wall. At times just raising the wall a couple of feet can do the trick to make sure that it is strong enough to be able to push off a lot of the water and dirt that may be coming in. Other times we will literally need to tear down part of the wall and find a way to build a new one. That is obviously an extreme measure though, don’t get too worried yet!
How Will I Know If I Need A Retaining Wall?
That is a pretty good question and to be honest most people in homes that didn’t originally incorporate retaining walls in certain areas will find out they need one the hard way. By having their home flood or seeing how a whole bunch of rocks and dirt always end up on their property after a rainstorm. All of this can be avoided by planning properly when designing the home. If you can’t do that look for the other signs that we mentioned!