A retaining wall is a structure that holds, or retains, soil behind it. There are different types of retaining walls, made of differing types of materials. The most common materials used for creating retaining walls include concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks, and/or boulders. All of these materials can successfully retain soil, but some are easier to use than others and have differing life spans.
Knowing when you need a retaining wall is the most important issue. While issues may present themselves slowly, the catastrophic results are usually sudden. The early warning signs that you need a retaining wall include:
- Downhill erosion
- Your home is downhill from soil fault lines
- Foundational support will be threatened by a sliding hill
If you have a retaining wall, there are warning signs that will become present if it needs to be repaired. These early warning signs include:
- Soil separation
- Water pooling around the base of the wall
- Tiling and pulling
- Crumbling of the concrete wall
- Rotting of the wood in the wall
The above listed warning signs require immediate intervention before catastrophe occurs. When your retaining wall no longer “retains,” property damage, personal injury, and even death can occur.
At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we have the extensive knowledge and experience needed for building and repairing retaining walls. When done correctly, retaining wall repair is extremely affordable. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is a company with over 85 years of references and partners. If you are concerned with the stability of your foundation, the soil around your home, or an existing retaining wall, contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today. The faster your problems are addressed, the better.