There are a couple of things that people can easily overlook when they are doing what they are supposed to. Retaining walls tend to blend into the background until they fail and concrete slabs are used every day without a thought, that is until they trip someone or cause water to improperly drain.
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.
When engineering a retaining wall, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. The type of soil, the angle of the slope, the amount of rainfall or snow the area receives, the type of wall the client wants, and so on. Every retaining wall starts with the basics: supporting the soil above it and the gravity pulling on it. The pressure at the top of the wall is close to zero and the maximum pressure is at the bottom. If the wall is not properly designed, the force of the soil will bow the wall or overturn it.
Additionally, the drainage system has to be up to the task to alleviate the hydrostatic pressure behind the wall. Hydrostatic pressure can be very strong, so it’s important to drain as much of the water out of the soil as possible. Hydrostatic pressure is the same force that causes foundation walls to bow or lean, so it is easy to imagine the power behind it.
It is quite clear that building a reliable retaining wall is not a DIY project. It would be a good idea to hire a contractor that is experienced and has the tools to do the job right. Basement Masters Waterproofing is that company. Contact us today to learn more about retaining walls for your property and all that Basement Masters Waterproofing can do for your home and property.
It is important for the safety of the people around your home that you have a level concrete area. A concrete slab can be in the form of a sidewalk, driveway, patio, garage floor, and so on. Trip and fall accidents are the leading cause of injuries around the home.
Another issue that can arise with damaged concrete is poor draining. If the concrete is not allowing rain or snow to drain away from your home, you may begin to have a wet yard or water in your basement or crawl space and start experiencing foundation damage. Having a safe and level concrete surface is vital to providing a safe environment for you and your family.
Basement Masters Waterproofing can provide you with a new concrete surface that is strong, stable and looks great. We will make sure that your old concrete is removed and then we’ll put down a new concrete slab that will return your home to the safe and comfortable place it was. A new concrete slab will also increase the property value of your home. Contact the concrete experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing today to learn more about the concrete services we offer to the homeowners of Virginia and Maryland.
If you are looking to build a new retaining wall or need to replace or add new concrete to your property, call Basement Masters Waterproofing today to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to make sure you have the retaining wall or concrete that you want and need.
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