Having a retaining wall is more than a cosmetic choice, it keeps the soil from moving. Typically a retaining wall is on a steep or vertical slope and prevents the earth from sliding. 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!

Signs My Retaining Wall Needs To Be Repaired

Usually retaining walls fail over time, 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 collapses. If you experience any of the issues below, contact us right away for retaining wall repairs before further damages occur.

  • 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 retaining wall, we will not only correct the wall cosmetically but we will also ensure that your retaining wall 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.

Many times, retaining wall issues are a result of improper drainage. The experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing can not only provide retaining wall repairs but we also provide customized waterproofing and drainage solutions to keep water away from your retaining wall and your home. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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