Retaining Wall Construction & Repair

A retaining wall can create flat, usable space on a steep site that wouldn’t be be suitable for development otherwise. In many cases, a house would require a retaining wall to make room for a walkout basement or a lower level garage. In other situations, a retaining wall can “carve” a driveway, walkway or parking area into a hillside, making a much more useful piece of real estate.

Coming an all shapes and sizes, a retaining wall can be straight or curved, have an exposed vertical face or a face that leans back into the earth. You can find retaining walls in backyards or gardens that are only a few feet high. At the other end of the scale, retaining walls 20 ft or 30 ft high can be found along highway entrance ramps and road cuts. The variety of materials that can be used to build a retaining wall include, treated wood timbers, loose stone, concrete blocks and poured concrete.

Retaining Wall Construction

When building a retaining wall, good design and quality construction is an absolute necessity, regardless the type, size or materials. To avoid long term structural problems, they require a solid foundation, good drainage, and in many cases, tiebacks that secure the wall with anchors driven deep into the earth.

Retaining Wall Repair

For safety reasons, it’s critical that structural problems in a retaining wall are addressed as soon as possible. Common problems with masonry retaining walls include cracks, bowing or tilting walls, and individual masonry blocks that shift or fall out of place.

Foundation Repair Experts can Repair or Build Retaining Walls

At Foundation Technology, we have both the proper tools and training to build new or permanently repair damaged retaining walls. This is because many of the materials and techniques used to repair or build a foundation wall also work on retaining walls.

When it comes to repair, helical tiebacks used for foundation walls can also be used to pull a tilting retaining wall back toward its original position. Tiebacks, also known as wall anchors, enable foundation repair contractors to correct tilting retaining wall problems without resorting to demolition and reconstruction of the wall.

With new construction, we also know that creating flat space on a sloped site demands a wall that can hold back tons of soil. Foundation settlement is caused by changes in soil conditions. When building a retaining wall, our full understanding of the different types of soil and their characteristics ensure your new retaining wall will last for years on end.

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