As we mentioned on the homepage with retaining walls we have to keep that main goal in mind at all times and make sure we accomplish that first. Before we started thinking about things like painting or anything of that nature. As their name suggests these walls are built to be able to retain or contain, usually soil. Natural erosion and just the overall position of this soil can put a lot of pressure on these walls. Therefore we have to find a way to make sure that they are able to hold up. The design of the wall in this case is just as important as what it is actually going to be made out of!
What Is Your Need For A Retaining Wall?
With retaining walls the first thing that needs to be clear is figuring out exactly what you want to retain in the first place. From there we are going to be able to design a structure that is able to get the job done. Not only that, but we are going to be able to determine the perfect placement. Many times we’ve seen that retaining walls fail, and actually never had a chance because they were just set up in the wrong spot. Knowing the terrain is going to allow us to make better decisions on this matter!
Actually Building A Sturdy Wall
Do you have a clear idea of what the actual pressure that a wall in that area would be under? These are all things that need to be calculated before we start talking about the color of the bricks that we are going to be using and things of that nature. That is certainly not going to be something that will be important until later in the process.
Fixing Retaining Walls
We do get plenty of calls from people who have had block walls built by other companies, and the wall just failed miserably. One of the first questions that we get is whether or not we can salvage the original structure. What is going to determine that answer is figuring out what caused the wall to fail in the first place. If we don’t have that down it’s going to be tough to make any decisions. If you see that your retaining wall is starting to break up you would probably do well to give us a call then. If you give us a call when the structure has basically collapsed the block wall repair options are going to be very limited.
Proper Drains In Walls
One of the most important components of the potential success of these walls is setting up drains that will allow any type of excess moisture to be able to flow through and not remain embedded in the walls or the soil. This is all part of the original design that has to be put in place to be able to build a block wall that can remain upright. That is exactly what us at Hawk Block Masonry Gilbert wants to do. Build a wall that can remain upright!