How Winter May Take a Toll on Your Retaining Wall

Check Your Retaining Wall This Winter

For many parts of the country, Winter is an extremely wet season of the year. Whether it’s snow or rain, that often unwanted sogginess can sometimes fall for days upon days.

Not only does that wear down on your mood, it can also wear down on your retaining wall. In fact, one of the most common causes of damage to the retaining wall is due to water buildup or hydrostatic pressure behind the wall. All of the retaining wall benefits, the gorgeous landscaping opportunities it gives you, are lost when the wall crumbles to the ground under the weight of too much unwanted pressure.

Don’t worry, there is a surefire solution to dealing with the issue of water ruining your home retaining wall. With a well-planned drainage system, no water build up or hydrostatic pressure can threaten the stability of your wall.

The other common issue to remember when dealing with a failing retaining wall is the weight of the soil it’s holding back. Particularly during wet months like Winter, the soil can get very damp and heavy, and that can have a detrimental effect on your retaining wall.

In order to deal with this, it’s a good idea to have a contractor take a look at your wall and suggest any installations that might need to be made to hold the soil back in a manageable way. As long as some sort of barrier exists which can carry the weight of the soil, your retaining walls should be safe.

It is very important that you call someone to inspect your wall before letting it become damaged by unwanted soil or water conditions. If you suspect a problem with your home retaining wall, give J Birds Landscaping a call today. It costs much less for an inspection than it does for a replacement.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn