Failing Retaining Walls

How To Repair Crumbling Or Failing Retaining Walls

Helical anchors installed on retaining wall

Around houses, retaining walls make sloping areas usable by creating level space for gardens, driveways, terraces, and walkways.

Retaining walls are also common along roadways, parking lots, and bodies of water. They have many applications.

Basement walls are also a type of retaining wall. We have a unique system for repairing failing basement walls.

We have warrantied solutions for failing retaining walls! Call us for a free retaining wall repair quote today!

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Signs Of A Failing Retaining Wall

Most often, a retaining wall will show signs of failure in one of three ways:

Repairing Retaining Walls

A diagram of a foundation wall anchor system installation.To repair retaining walls, we at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists typically recommend either wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore structural integrity.

Both wall repair techniques use a strong steel wall bracket on the exterior of the retaining wall to brace the wall and properly distribute the anchor’s clamping pressure.

With both wall anchors and helical tiebacks, your foundation repair contractor will also attempt to return the wall to its original position, restoring its appearance and structural integrity.

Wall anchors accomplish this by driving an anchor rod through 1″ holes driven into the retaining wall. These rods are connected to earth anchors that are placed within augured holes within the soil beyond the retaining wall.

Once assembled, the wall plate is installed, and the rod assembly is tightened. This can potentially straighten the wall and return it to its original position.

Helical anchors are installed from the exposed face of the retaining wall, through a hole cut in the wall. The anchor’s helical blades help to pull it deep into the soil and anchor it there. After closing the hole in the retaining wall, a wall plate is installed and a nut is tightened over the protruding threaded rod to brace the wall.

Wall anchors are generally the more economical solution to repairing a retaining wall. However, in some cases, wall anchor installation is not a possibility, and helical anchor installation must be considered. This includes situations where rocky soil is an issue, or when space restrictions make auguring a hole beyond the retaining wall an impractical solution. Your foundation repair specialist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for you.

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What NOT To Do

Like other solutions for structural issues, you will encounter many options for repairing your retaining wall. Here are two “fixes” that we at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists do NOT recommend:

Removing & Rebuilding The Retaining Wall:

Unless the retaining wall is showing extensive deterioration, removing and rebuilding the walls should not be necessary. Removing and rebuilding a retaining wall is an expensive, time-consuming process that typically involves heavy equipment, major excavation and the loss of valuable landscaping features.

Poor Quality Wall Anchors:

Retaining wall anchors are exposed to the elements — both in the soil and on the wall plates themselves. If these anchors are poorly made or not treated to resist corrosion, they will quickly look old and unsightly. This will lower your property value and possibly lead to early failure of the anchor itself.

We recommend installing wall anchors made with galvanized steel — with a written warranty that stands by the product for decades to come.

We Repair Retaining Walls In Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia!

At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we provide warrantied solutions for retaining wall repair throughout Alabama. For homeowners interested in learning more about their unique problem, we offer free, written retaining wall repair quotes at no obligation. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call or e-mail us today!

We proudly serve Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville, Chattanooga, Columbus and nearby.