One day you’re out doing yard work when you notice it: an issue with your retaining wall. Maybe it’s a giant crack, maybe its crumbling mortar, or maybe your wall is leaning when it shouldn’t be. Regardless, you’re not happy about it. Retaining walls are expensive to rebuild, but they are also structural components of safe and effective Omaha landscaping so you can’t just put the issue off. You don’t want to risk damage to your property from a faulty retaining wall but you also don’t want to spend potentially thousands of dollars and all the time and turmoil it takes to build a new one. What are you going to do?
Luckily there is another option! Many of the problems you may encounter with your retaining wall are repairable and won’t require you to shell out for an entirely new wall. To ensure your retaining wall is safe, sturdy, and up to Omaha code, it’s important to remember that, when in doubt, you should always consult a professional. Retaining walls are more complicated to get right than they seem and many repairs can be dangerous or compromise the integrity of the wall if done incorrectly. Still, hiring a professional to repair your wall will cost much less than rebuilding it entirely.
Below, are four issues that can often be repaired.
Cracking Retaining Walls
The first thing you need to do when considering repairing cracks is to determine the nature of the cracks: are they superficial or part of an underlying structural problem? If you determine the cracks are superficial or minor, the fix can be as easy as a concrete repair kit. If they are part of a bigger issue, there might still be repair options available but you’ll want to consult an Omaha retaining wall repair professional for more information.
Often, crumbling mortar looks more serious than it is. If only some sections are crumbling (and it’s not from excessive wear or time) it should be fixable by brushing out the loose mortar with a stiff-bristled brush and filling the gaps with a new mix. Depending on the scope of work and your knowledge and comfort with the job, this can be done as a DIY project or by a landscaping professional.
Warped or Rotting Retaining Wall Boards
If your retaining wall is made of wood, you might notice issues with warped or rotting boards. Much like cracks in a concrete wall, these issues can be a superficial or minor problem. In this case, the repair is as simple as replacing the damaged boards with new wood that is treated to protect it from exposure to the soil and elements it will be in contact with. Just like a cracking wall, however, it’s important to first determine the source of the rotting or warping in case they are caused by more serious issues like drainage problems.
Leaning Retaining Walls
A leaning, unstable, or otherwise compromised wall seems like it should be the kiss of death on a retaining wall, making retaining wall repair impossible, but that’s not necessarily true! Depending on the source of the issue, there are simpler fixes than you may think. If the wall is smaller and the issue is in the footings, we can dismantle the wall and rebuild the footings to better withstand the load. This is only partially rebuilding the retaining wall as, depending on the materials, you can simply build it back up like before. Issues with leaning or unstable walls can also often be solved by anchoring the wall, which would require the help of an Omaha retaining wall repair professional. Different anchoring tactics, such as galvanized steel plates or helical wall anchors, can be used to stabilize your wall into the soil behind it without requiring an entire rebuild. If you are doing a stabilizing repair of that nature, it’s also a good time to check in with the drainage system or anything like tree roots that might be the underlying cause of your retaining wall issues.
Call your Omaha retaining wall professional!
If you notice issues with your retaining wall, don’t panic. Often there are retaining wall repair options available to save you money and give you piece of mind. As your Omaha retaining wall repair professionals, Nebraska Yard Care wants to help you.
Contact us today for a consultation on your retaining wall repair!