Retaining walls are used to hold back water and/or soil. Retaining walls can be built using many different types of material. Some of the most common materials include concrete blocks, wood, decorative stones, and even boulders. Some are great for DIY projects, but most retaining walls should be built by a professional.
There are a few types of retaining walls; they are:
But no matter what type of retaining wall is used, its purpose is to hold back water and/or soil.
Gravity Retaining Walls
Gravity walls depend on the weight of the wall in order to resist the water and/or soil from moving. Some are designed with a slight tilt to help resist the water and/or soil even better. In most cases, this type of wall is short and wide. These are used a lot in landscaping/hardscaping designs.
Anchored Retaining Walls
Anchored retaining walls can be combined with any of the other types of retaining walls (i.e. gravity, sheet piling, bored piling) as it helps to provide greater resistance to the external elements. In most cases, anchoring is achieved using specialized bolts and/or cabling that is connected to the wall and another piling driven deep into the ground. Anchoring is used whenever there would be a lot of pressure from the soil and/or water or where a wall does not have enough structural support to resist the load on its own.
Understanding The Repair Process
To fix a retaining wall there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. Before any work can be done and inspection needs to be completed. After the inspection, you would need to excavate and/or prepare the ground. From there, the proper water flow and/or drainage would need to be planned for. Then work can begin on the actual wall. In some cases, the existing wall can be maintained and repaired. However, there are times when the wall will need to be completely replaced in order to bear the load properly.
While some people enjoy the challenge of a DIY project, fixing and/or repairing a retaining wall should be left up to the professionals. There's no reason to risk damage to your home and or property from a faulty retaining wall.
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