Why Some Retaining Walls Fail
- 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.
- Excessive/unsightly leaning (rotation).
- Excessive wall cracking.
- Soil/pavement buckling in front of wall.
- Soil subsidence behind wall.
- 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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