Retaining walls are built to hold back the earth and prevent a steep slope from eroding during extreme weather, like too much rain. With improper construction of a retaining wall, it may begin to lean and look like it will fall over on its own weight at any moment. The good news is that many techniques can be used to stop this from happening or make necessary repairs to a Retaining Wall.
It’s always better for your safety to contact a professional retaining wall contractor who has experience in building and repairing retaining walls. At TKB Retaining Walls, we know what needs to be done without having to consult with anyone else or invest in costly labor hours and materials trying different things until something works.
When an old retaining wall begins to lean, there are a couple of options that can get it leveled out again:
“Bent and Bent Plus” is one common system in use. It’s a process of stacking large pieces of stone with their tops each parallel to opposite sides of the wall, as well as onto each other. The idea behind this type of leveling is that it will add weight on top, bringing all the parts down into a straight line again.
Another common method to level a Retaining Wall is “Remove and Replace.” This type of repair will remove the old wall, pour a new concrete base along the old foundation, and then rebuild it with updated stones. The professionals recommend this as a safer way to ensure that everything is done right away without having to worry about any future safety or structural issues.
It’s always advised to consult with professionals and get a second opinion on the best method if you’re not sure what you should do. Remember, all retaining walls are built for a reason, and following their original design will be an investment in your home’s safety and enjoyment.
When retaining walls are not properly constructed, the materials they are supporting may cause them to collapse. Wall damage, while not often fatal to the health of an individual, is usually distressing. You can resolve it gradually so that you have time to repair or call for help. Retaining walls, which can be built of anything from earth to metal to concrete, are susceptible to rapid failure because of lateral pressure.