When you own a commercial facility, a retaining wall can be a hugely important part of your landscaping. Retaining walls hold back soil and substrate, make slopes useable, and fill other functions. However, in some cases, you may need a retaining wall repair.
Signs You Need a Retaining Wall Repair
There are multiple issues that can signal you need a retaining wall repair. If a portion of the wall is visibly slumping or pulling away from the rest of the wall, that is a sign you need a repair. Additionally, buckling, long cracks, and tilting also indicate the need for a repair. If you feel that the wall has moved or if you have a wooden retaining wall that is rotting, you should also call someone who does retaining wall repair in Atlanta and many other surrounding areas.
Retaining Wall Repairs for Detached Sections
If a portion of your retaining wall is detaching from the nearby walls, that may be caused by a poor design, inadequate connectors between the segments of the wall, poor drainage, or soil issues. When you set up commercial retaining wall repair, our specialists diagnose the issue and move forward accordingly.
Repairing Leaning Commercial Retaining Walls
If you need a retaining wall repair because your wall is tilting or leaning, that is generally due to soil conditions or poor construction. If the soil has too much clay, it can absorb excess water that may shift the retaining wall over time. Construction issues can include poor reinforcement, bases that are too small, or a lack of drainage which leads to water accumulation behind the wall.
How to Repair Crumbling Retaining Walls
Typically, only concrete retaining walls start to crumble. This is usually a sign that the concrete wasn’t mixed properly or that it needs more rebar. When a retaining wall isn’t built correctly, it cannot handle the lateral force of the soil behind it, and again, retaining wall repair can address these issues to ensure that your wall looks beautiful and functions properly.
Repairing Commercial Retaining Walls
As indicated above, the underlying cause of the retaining wall issues often dictates the type of repair needed, but to help you know what to expect, here’s an overview of some of the repairs we provide for our commercial clients. In some cases, we recommend wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore the strength and stability of the wall.
Wall anchors are long rods driven through the retaining wall and attached to anchors that have been planted into the earth behind the wall. When we tighten the rods and add a wall plate, that brings the wall back to the desired position. There are also helical anchors which go through the face of the wall. Then, blades spread out from the anchor and go into the nearby soil to provide extra support to the wall. We also address drainage issues, soil issues, and cosmetic repairs.
At Atlas Piers of Atlanta, we have been providing retaining wall repairs, foundation installation and repairs, shoring, underpinning, and a variety of other repairs for over 30 years. To set up a commercial repair for your retaining wall, contact us today.