Repairing Retaining Walls: Common Problems

Perhaps you’ve already installed a retaining wall and are noticing some problems with it.

Can your retaining wall be salvaged? 

You’ll need to seek a professional consultation in order to know, but you should keep your eye out for these tell-tale signs of wall failure or needed repairs. 

Sagging Retaining Wall 

If you see any dipping in your retaining wall, that indicates that there is a failure in the footing of your wall. The solution would be to address the footing issues and then rebuild the wall; it may be possible to just rebuild the wall in that area, but you should seek professional guidance or handiwork. 

Cracking Retaining Wall 

You should call in a retaining wall professional immediately if you notice cracking in your wall. Sometimes wall cracks can be filled in or repaired, but if they are too deep or too wide, they may indicate structural damage which can be detrimental. 

Cracking retaining wall

Bulging Retaining Wall 

Bulging is a common indicator of water damage or built-up water pressure. You can try to drill a weep hole into the wall to incite the water to drain out if this is the problem. 

Another problem that bulging indicates is a lack of anchoring, especially in interlocking block walls or wood walls. Before starting any work, call in a professional to assess and guide you. 

Leaning Retaining Wall 

If your wall begins to lean, there are a variety of possibilities and they typically cannot be repaired. Failed footing, drainage, tree roots, among other issues can cause leaning and you’ll probably need to demolish and rebuild. 

Conclusion 

All in all, the best retaining wall is the one that fits your budget, desired design, purpose, and project needs.

It’s possible to build simple retaining walls on your own, but if you’re looking for more complex designs or functionalities, your best bet is to call in a professional and let them help you with your project design and installation.

Happy building! 

Jordanhttps://greenfox.co
Jordan Stambaugh is a main contributor to USA Retaining Walls. He runs Green Fox, a digital marketing company for outdoor contractors. From the Pacific Northwest and an Eagle Scout, Jordan has great appreciation for the outdoors and natural spaces. He believes in sustainability through design and choices in the building process.

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