Why Retaining Walls
Why are retaining walls important?
Soil collapse is a common issue, especially with the variety of weather conditions we experience in Texas, so retaining walls are integral to the structural stability of many of the state’s homes.
It’s important to maintain your retaining wall in order to prevent soil slippage or even collapse that could put both your property and your family at risk.
Damaged or neglected retaining walls not only look bad, but could indicate a degree of structural instability and so should be avoided wherever possible.
What is a retaining wall?
A retaining wall is a wall specifically designed to hold back the movement of soil. Typically, these are found around excavation sites or areas with steep geography – such as terraced gardens, embankments and areas cut into the landscape.
Retaining walls can be built from a range of materials such as reinforced concrete, brick, stone or even timber logs and the amount and type of maintenance involved will depend on the materials used in the construction of the wall. Timber walls could be vulnerable to infestations and moisture related rotting, whereas the durability of stone walls depends significantly on the technical skill of the builder that created it.
Prevention and Maintenance
The best defense against retaining wall failure is periodic inspections. These should take place to monitor for potential issues and simpler, preventative remedies. The structural soundness of a retaining wall will lessen over time, and should minor issues carry on unchecked, the speed with which the wall’s ability to support it’s load will deteriorate will increase exponentially. So inspections should be carried out by a suitably qualified building inspector.