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Having a retaining wall is more than a cosmetic choice, it keeps the soil from moving near your home. Typically a retaining wall is on a steep or vertical slope and prevents the earth from sliding down. Retaining walls are used for landscaping work, roadways, or other applications where the soil needs to be held in place. With that in mind, if your retaining wall is cracked or damaged, it can cause some serious issues. If you live in the Northern VA or Southern MD area and need quick, affordable retaining wall repair services, contact us today!Cracked concrete

Signs My Retaining Wall Needs To Be Repaired

Usually retaining walls fail slowly, so you don’t have to worry about it one day just falling over out of the blue. However, it’s important to recognize those signs before your retaining wall fully collapses. If you experience any of the issues below, contact us right away for repairs:

  • Leaning, bowing or tilting wall
  • Water build up behind the wall
  • Crumbling wall materials
  • Cracking wall
  • Sections of the wall bulging

When our team comes to your home to inspect your wall, we will not only correct the wall cosmetically but we will also ensure that it functions reliably for years to come.

Causes Of Retaining Wall Failure

When you have a retaining wall constructed, most homeowners and property owners assume that it is done correctly and will be able to last. However, it isn’t just as simple as building a nice looking wall. When all considerations are not taken into account beforehand, there are many problems that can cause retaining wall failure, including:

  • Improper Drainage: There has to be proper draining so water within the soil has somewhere to go. If there isn’t drainage away from the wall, hydrostatic pressure will build up and essentially cause your retaining wall to fall over.
  • Slope Change Or Failure: If the size or shape of the slope behind the retaining wall changes suddenly, this can cause your wall to tilt or collapse.
  • Weight: Before you construct a retaining wall, you have to think about how much weight it will carry. There is a huge difference between planting a few flowers for landscaping and building a large storage shed. If you don’t consider the weight it will bear, you can be at risk of it failing altogether.

Choose Basement Masters Waterproofing

The experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing can not only provide high quality retaining wall repairs but we can also provide customized waterproofing and drainage solutions to keep water away from your retaining wall and your home. Don’t just choose any company. We have over 25 years of experience in the industry. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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