Retaining wall repair
Retaining walls are common along roadways, parking lots and bodies of water.
Basement walls are also a type of retaining wall, and there are similar repair options available for both. As concrete experts, LRE Foundation Repair performs reliable retaining wall repair.
Why a retaining wall?
Retaining walls retain the lateral pressure of soil. More simply, retaining walls are used to hold back soil and substrate from moving due to the effects of gravity and erosion. Retaining walls are typically designed out of concrete, stone, wood (including railroad ties), vinyl, masonry, steel, or brick.
While retaining walls are very useful for many types of areas and properties, they also experience common failures:
- Separating from adjoining walls
If you have a retaining wall showing signs of damage, LRE Foundation Repair can provide you with an expert retaining wall repair solution. Our experts can identify the cause of the problem and restore your retaining wall to its original condition.
Call us today at (352) 247-7716 or click below to get a free inspection on retaining wall repair.
When do you need retaining wall repair?
Signs of a failing retaining wall are usually easy to identify, but it's important to know these symptoms will become increasingly worse over time if the retaining wall isn’t repaired.
Unless proper repairs are made, the wall will eventually fail completely. Most often, a retaining wall will show signs of failure in one of three ways:
Collapsing/tilting retaining walls
Soil issues and/or poor construction are often the culprits for retaining walls that are tilting. This can happen if the footing toe is too small or if the wall wasn't properly reinforced.
Railroad tie retaining walls can begin to collapse due to wood rot or deterioration. Most retaining walls require drainage weeps. A drainage weep is a small hole located at the bottom of the retaining wall to allow for drainage.
If water accumulates behind the wall, this additional weight can cause clay soils to expand, leading to cracks and tilting.
Retaining walls separating from adjacent walls
Like collapsing/tilting retaining walls, walls separating from adjacent walls are often caused by poor-quality construction. A separating retaining wall may not have been designed to withstand the weight that actually bears on the wall.
Poor drainage and inadequate reinforcement or connection to the adjacent wall are other possible causes. In unusual cases, expansive soils may also cause a retaining wall to separate from an adjoining wall.
Crumbling/failing retaining walls
Retaining walls can crumble for a wide variety of reasons, most related to improper design of the retaining walls themselves. Oftentimes, the failing retaining wall was not designed to bear the weight load behind it.
In the case of concrete retaining walls, the issue may be inadequate, weak, or poorly mixed concrete. Concrete retaining walls may also have been designed with inadequate steel rebar, resulting in insufficient strength.
How we repair collapsing retaining walls
To repair retaining walls made of concrete, LRE Foundation Repair typically recommends either wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore structural integrity. Both wall repair techniques use a strong steel wall bracket on the exterior of the retaining wall to brace the wall and properly distribute the anchor's clamping pressure.
With both wall anchors and helical tiebacks, we will also attempt to return the wall to its original position, restoring its appearance and structural integrity.
Wall anchors for retaining wall repair
Wall anchors are installed by driving an anchor rod through 1" holes driven into the collapsing retaining wall. These rods are connected to earth anchors that are placed within augured holes within the soil beyond the retaining wall.
Once assembled, the wall plate is installed, and the rod assembly is tightened. This can potentially straighten the wall and return it to its original position.
Helical anchors for retaining wall repair
Helical anchors are installed from the exposed face of the retaining wall through a hole cut in the wall. The anchor's helical blades help to pull it deep into the soil and anchor it there.
After closing the hole in the retaining wall, a wall plate is installed and a nut is tightened over the protruding threaded rod to brace the wall.
Which system will repair the retaining wall?
Wall anchors are generally the more economical solution to repairing a retaining wall. However, in some cases, wall anchor installation is not a possibility, and helical anchor installation must be considered.
This includes situations where rocky soil is an issue, or when space restrictions make augering a hole beyond the retaining wall an impractical solution.
Our foundation repair specialists will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for you.
We repair retaining walls in Florida!
LRE Foundation Repair, provides warrantied solutions for retaining wall repair throughout Florida. For homeowners interested in learning more about their unique problem, we offer free, written retaining wall repair inspections at no obligation.
To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call (352) 247-7716 or email us today!
We proudly serve Florida areas such as Bradenton, Lakeland, Sarasota, Ocala, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Port Saint Lucie, Melbourne, Largo, Spring Hill, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and nearby.