Retaining Walls

Why Some Retaining Walls Fail

Common Problems:

  • No drain installed.
  • Drain installed, but no outlet for water.
  • Drain installed without proper gravel and filter fabric - leading to clogging.
  • Drain installed too high - allowing water pressure to build up below the drain.

Potential Damage:

  • Excessive/unsightly leaning (rotation).
  • Collapse.
  • Excessive wall cracking.
  • Soil/pavement buckling in front of wall.
  • Soil subsidence behind wall.

Proper Solutions:

  • Install continuous drain pipe embedded in gravel and wrapped in filter cloth.
  • Drainpipe should be installed below the finish floor/grade and above the bottom of the footing.

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Retaining Walls