How Is Your Retaining Wall Holding Up?
A retaining wall is easy to overlook. It might seem to be just a small property decoration but it plays a very important role.
Retaining walls hold back tons of soil that were removed for property development. Any weakness in such a wall can result in damage to your home or those of your neighbors.
To ensure that your retaining wall is going strong, carefully examine your property in these areas:
- Tilting Or Bulging
- If you sight down the wall and notice some indication that it’s not quite plumb, that can mean it’s ready to collapse. This is often due to saturated soil.
- Not sure whether your eyes are deceiving you? Get out a long level to hold against the wall for a more accurate check.
- Look Behind Decorative Facing
- A wall may have been covered with a decorative wood siding. This façade won’t add much reinforcement. Remember to examine the actual wall behind it for signs of distress.
- Watch For Cracks In Masonry Walls
- Zig-zagging cracks might not look like much to worry about . . . until they widen.
- Do You Even Have A Retaining Wall?
- Old retaining walls can be hidden under new pool or porch decks. Check your home carefully if you’re not sure.
- Remember: All Wood Retaining Walls Will Fail
- Due to rot, all wooden walls will eventually succumb to age. Although wood is a cheap option, it won’t last for long.
- Holes (Not Made By Rabbits)
- Collapsed soil on the high end of the wall indicate that soil is washing out somewhere.
For an expert inspection of your current retaining wall, contact Landscape Innovations in Fayetteville.