Do You Need a New Retaining Wall?
Retaining walls serve many purposes. Some retaining walls are built to enhance the look of your landscape. Other retaining walls are used to flatten sloped yards to create flat, usable areas. While others serve the purpose their name implies: retaining. Often when a retaining wall is used for the purpose of retaining a moving slope engineering will be required.
Will My Wall Require Engineering or a Permit?
In our experience most municipalities have similar rules regarding retaining walls. In general they require that any retaining wall over 4 feet tall will require a permit, as will any wall that will bear a load. While these situations will require engineering in order to get a permit, it does not mean that there are not other situations that could require engineering as well. If you are not sure if your wall will require any engineering to be successful, it is a wise decision to call a professional who can provide some advice whether or not you should get it engineered.
Retaining Wall Repair
Repairing a failing wall can be tricky, and in many cases impossible. Most times there are many underlying problems that cause a retaining wall to fail, and simply putting the blocks back in place will not solve these issues. In fact, many times the blocks won’t fit back where they came from because the wall has moved just enough to prevent the blocks from going back where they belong. Most retaining wall repairs will consist of tearing down the existing wall and starting over.