Signs Of A Failing Retaining Wall

Posted on: 28 June 2016

Retaining walls are designed to hold up soil in order to prevent erosion from occurring, and can be used for landscaping purposes to create a flat surface that is easier to work upon. However, over time the weight of the dirt coupled with weather exposure can cause retaining walls to begin to fail. If left unchecked, the wall can collapse, which can be expensive to fix and can greatly disrupt the aesthetic of your yard. Thankfully, there are a few warning signs of a failing retaining wall that you can keep your eye out for so that you can contact a contractor before it's too late.

Tilting Walls

Retaining walls can begin to tilt and fall over slowly if they aren't reinforced enough to hold up the weight of the soil behind them, or because the wall itself was improperly installed. Additionally, wooden retaining walls can begin to tilt over because of water exposure causing rot or warping to occur. If this is the case with your retaining wall, you should contact a contractor immediately to reinforce the wall.

Separating Walls

If a section or one of your retaining walls has begun to separate from the walls it is attached to, the wall itself was most likely installed or constructed poorly, and the weight of the soil and poor water drainage has caused too much pressure to be applied to that specific section. While reinforcing the wall can help it stay in place, replacing a separating wall is the best course of action.

Crumbling Walls

Retaining walls can crumble for one of three reasons. Firstly, age can cause some materials, like brick and concrete, to begin to lose their durability and structural integrity, resulting in a crumbling wall. Secondly, physical damage caused by severe weather or another extenuating circumstance has caused the wall to begin to fall apart. Finally, crumbling can also be caused by improper reinforcement during construction, which has caused the materials to begin to fall apart due to holding up more weight than the wall can handle. The best course of action will depend on the material used in the retaining wall, and the reason why the wall in question is crumbling. This means that sometimes reinforcing the wall is enough to hold it in place, but other times the more expensive option of tearing down and replacing the wall entirely is necessary to ensure that the wall does not fail.

For  more information and assistance, contact landscape companies like Rock Solid Services LLC.