When your property is terraced or sloped, nothing will be handier than having a retaining wall to keep your property from falling in and to avoid accidents to happen. They are not just invented and built for safety and protective purposes, but they also significantly add to the aesthetics of the property, adding more value to your place when you plan on selling it in the future. However, not all Bay Area retaining walls can handle the wear and tear induced by the environment as well as other external forces. There will be a time they will need repair and/or replacement so you need to ensure that you are doing good regular maintenance to keep them sturdy throughout the years.
Here, we will discuss some important things you need to know to have good maintenance for your retaining wall.
Why is it important to maintain your retaining wall?
Some homeowners overlook the importance of maintenance and ignore the first signs of wear and tear. Worse, they even ignore the small cracks that are now visible. Why is it important to maintain your retaining wall and be vigilant to see signs of wear and tear when they have appeared? It is because small cracks and dents will eventually lead to a full collapse of the wall, and this might cause your property to collapse as well. If you do not want this to happen, then fix small issues immediately.
The following are the things you can do for good maintenance:
1. Do not treat your walls when it is not still necessary – some homeowners take the risk of coating their retaining walls too early of any ice prevention solution. While this can effectively make your retaining walls prone to ice when the winter sets in, the chemicals are also legit harmful to the stones, and your walls, in general. The chemicals will eventually corrode your retaining walls, leaving them flimsier than before.
2. Replant – your retaining walls obtain their resistance from their stones, cement, and soil. Soil integrity plays a major role in keeping your retaining walls sturdy and strong. When the soil starts to loosen due to significant loss of plants’ roots holding the soil together, the whole retaining walls and even your property can eventually erode and collapse little by little. So, if you notice that there are dead spots in certain areas, do not wait for days before you replant them.
3. Inspect your wall regularly – this is, by far, the most basic, and yet the most important thing you should do to maintain your retaining walls. Everything starts with the awareness that your retaining walls do have small issues that need to be addressed immediately, so not having regular inspection will make you oblivious to the damages and issues that your retaining walls might have.
Tip: Do not just look for cracks, but also look for some bulges in the wall as they can cause breaching eventually.
Call for help
When you notice that there are big damages, always consult a professional and seek their help.