Unlike freestanding walls, retaining walls have to work a lot harder than freestanding walls. In addition to supporting their own weight, they must resist lateral forces due to the soil being retained. Sometimes that soil is saturated with water, which can build a tremendous force, especially with slow-to-drain, expansive soils.
Consequently, special considerations should be made when building a retaining wall:
However, no matter how good the considerations you make may be in installing your retaining wall, it won’t necessarily save your retaining wall from the problems of old age. These problems may be specific to the type of retaining wall. For example, timber retaining walls can rot, warp or succumb to insect damage and if this is the case the affected timber has to be replaced. Concrete retaining walls on the hand, can crack, while masonry, brick and stone retaining walls such as those made of clay can suffer from problems such as loose and crumbling mortar, damaged bricks, loosed stones and so on.
There are also other general problems that can affect retaining walls irrespective of what they are made of.
For example, if there is no batter or the anchors are inadequate or non-existent or if the drains have become clogged or the base is not firm, a retaining wall may begin to tilt, settle or buckle. Tree roots may add to the pressure as well and so can the weight of objects placed on the ground above and behind the wall (e.g. parked cars or an outbuilding). When this happens, the homeowner is immediately faced with two choices: demolish the retaining wall, re-excavate, reinstall drains and rebuild or call in a retaining wall repair professional. However, except in extreme cases, using the services of a retaining wall repair specialist will suffice and so you don’t have to go through the time and expense of replacing the wall.
If your retaining wall is plagued by any of the above-mentioned problems or is looking less than its best in other ways, in most cases, repairs by a professional will have your wall looking almost as good as new and have you getting many more years out of it.
That being said, the best professionals for retaining wall repairs in Pittsburgh remains Damico’s Landscaping. We are your one-stop remedy for all your landscape construction projects which includes the installation and repair of retaining walls, complete landscape design and maintenance, brick paver, patio pavers and walls, walkways and much more.
No need to look any further if you’re searching for professionals to handle the repair of your retaining wall in Pittsburgh, Damico’s Landscaping is here to help. So give us the opportunity to bring more years to your retaining wall and you’ll be more than glad you did.
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