Let’s say that you already have a retaining wall. But for one reason or another, it has seen better days. Is it in need of repairs? Or has it simply collapsed and needs to be rebuilt? Here are a few things that you should know ahead of time.
Reasons to Rebuild
Retaining walls are built in a very specific manner. They are pitched, which means that they are intentionally leaned towards the soil, even though this effect is slight. It shouldn’t be leaning away from the soil. So if you’ve noticed that, then it is one warning sign that something has gone very much wrong. Don’t procrastinate on rebuilding it just because you don’t think the problem is insignificant. Be sure to invest in tie backs for additional support. If your wall doesn’t have any tie backs, or they show signs of damage, then it’s another indication that rebuilding your retaining wall is necessary. Does your retaining wall have a drainage system built into it? This is both a good thing and a bad thing. The drainage systems need to be kept behind the wall’s foot to avoid a buildup of water pressure. Water seepage caused by rain is a real problem, and it tells you that the drainage isn’t working the way it should be. If that’s the case, then you should prepare to rebuild your retaining wall.
With that in mind, let’s talk about some other issues you could run into. Soil erosion could be the culprit that you don’t see coming. Compacted gravel can reinforce loose soil and fight the effects of erosion. Take care to rebuild your wall with the proper pitch so it doesn’t start to sag the wrong way again. This can be especially problematic if you have invasive tree roots or trees with dead or dying limbs that could be damaging the walls as well.
Getting Professional Help
Depending on the size and shape of the retaining wall, it could be dangerous to attempt to make any changes by yourself. That’s why you should get professional help as soon as possible. One reason to get professionals to help? If the trees in your yard are too close to the retaining wall and need to be knocked down.
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