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Retaining Wall Repair

Retaining walls are structures that prevent soil from slipping or running downhill. Retaining walls can be made of concrete block, brick, stone and other materials which each have their respective pros and cons.

Retaining wall repair is necessary to ensure that the retaining wall does not collapse in the event of erosion, shifting of earth, or other event. Retaining walls are often used to stabilize shallow slopes in lieu of using extensive artificial engineering methods for slope maintenance.

Retaining wall repair is a common property maintenance job. It typically consists of the following: retaining walls, retaining wall design, retaining wall concrete steps, or retaining wall blocks and retaining walls for gardens. The first step in repairing a retaining wall is to assess what needs to be repaired along with creating a scope of equipment, labor, and materials that will be needed. This process can vary based on factors such as the height of the retaining wall, its purpose (such as decorative or functional), and if there are any drainage problems that need to be corrected at the same time the repair work is done.

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Failing Retaining Wall

Is your retaining wall showing signs of failure?

  • Leaning Walls
  • Tilting Walls
  • Retaining Wall Separating from Adjoining Walls
  • Noticeable Movement of Wall or Section of Wall
  • Walls that are Cracking, Crumbling, or Buckling
  • Wood Rotting and Causing Structural Weakness
  • Broken or Damaged Concrete Blocks

These are the most common and easily identifiable signs of a failing retaining wall. It is important to understand that any of these signs will continue to deteriorate over time and eventually the wall will completely fail and potentially collapse and cause a great deal of damage.

Retaining Wall Common Failure Types

Collapsing or Tilting Retaining Walls

Soil conditions and poor construction can compromise the stability of retaining walls. This is often due to a small footing or insufficient reinforcement. Railroad tie retaining walls can collapse because the wood itself may be rotting, deteriorating, and poorly constructed.

Retaining walls need drainage channels that drain water from behind the wall. If water accumulates and seeps into the clay soil, it will lead to cracks, tilting, and eventual failure. 

Retaining Walls Separating From Adjacent Walls

Walls that are separating from adjacent walls typically indicate a poorly constructed retaining wall. Retaining walls are usually designed to withstand the amount of weight they will actually experience. However, if a retaining wall enters poor drainage conditions or is not adequately reinforced, it may not be able to bear the load on top of it and will separate from its adjacent wall. When soils near a retaining wall become too expansive in nature, there could also be trouble as this will weaken the proximity between walls until they eventually collapse.

Crumbling or Failing Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can collapse for many reasons, but most are related to bad design. Retaining walls are an essential part of retaining the ground behind them, but they can sometimes bear too much weight. When looking at concrete retaining walls, this is often due to poor cure time, inadequate mix proportions or weak materials. Steel reinforcement may have been insufficient in some concrete retaining walls, making it more likely that the walls will collapse.

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Repairing Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls For PoolsTo repair retaining walls, we will typically either recommend wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore structural integrity. Both wall repair techniques use a steel beam bracket anchored on the exterior of the retaining wall to brace and distribute pressure from the grip clamps. Although both wall anchors and helical tiebacks are typically used, your contractor will also attempt to restore the foundation to its original position. To keep from slipping down, these materials are anchored with an anchor rod that is drilled into a 1″ deep hole in the wall. The rod extends “x” feet beyond to be fastened with earth anchors or piles on the other side of the retaining wall.

Once fully assembled, the wall plate is installed and set in place. The rod assembly can then be tightened, which may straighten the wall back to its original position. To prevent erosion, helical anchors are installed from the exposed face of the retaining wall. They are mechanically inserted through a hole cut in the wall and their blades pull them deep into the soil and secure them there. When the hole in a retaining wall is closed, a framing stud is installed over the protruding threaded rod and a nut is tightened onto it to brace the wall. Wall anchors are generally the more inexpensive solution to repairing a retaining wall, but in some cases anchors cannot be installed. This includes situations where hard, rocky soil is an issue or when space restrictions make drilling beyond the retaining wall impractical.

Our retaining wall specialists will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for your situation!

What NOT To Do With Damaged Retaining Walls

Completely Removing & Rebuilding The Retaining Wall

If the retaining wall has not deteriorated extensively, it should be possible to repair or replace just a section without removing and rebuilding the entire wall. Removing and rebuilding a retaining wall will be expensive and time-consuming. The process will typically require the use of heavy equipment for major excavation, which may ultimately lead to the loss of valuable landscaping features.

Use of Poor Quality Retaining Wall Anchors

Retaining wall anchors are exposed to both the soil and the plates themselves. If these pieces of metal do not have an oxidizing or anti-corrosive coating, or if they are made poorly in general, the anchors, will not only look ugly and be at risk of further damage or complete failure, they may lead also result in a decrease in property value.

As we recommend, installing a galvanized steel wall mount guarantees your walls are anchored and secure for years to come.







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