Retaining walls add so much dimension to an outdoor landscape. They are beautiful, add height, texture, and emotion to your outdoor aesthetic. All around, they are lovely additions to anyone’s yard.
If you’ve had a rock retaining wall installed in your backyard and are just beginning to notice signs of deterioration, it might be time for a wall repair.
Many homeowners don’t consider what kinds of repairs or maintenance their retaining wall might need in the future. Without anticipating repairs they are caught entirely off guard and they see their wall begin to crumble.
There are a number of factors that might contribute to the breakdown of your retaining wall. If you know the causes, you may be able to avoid or postpone the deterioration of your retaining wall.
In the next section, we’ll list three reasons why your retaining wall might be needing repairs.
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Why Is Your Retaining Wall Deteriorating?
There are a number of reasons why your retaining wall might suddenly begin showing signs of deterioration. Don’t be too worried, as a landscaping professional should be able to repair your retaining wall if you contact them right away.
Some factors which might play a role in the deterioration of your rock retaining wall include age, poor drainage, and foundation issues. Let’s break down each one of these below.
It is quite natural for your rock retaining wall to start needing repairs as it ages. Everything ages and wears down over time. If your retaining wall is over a few years old, it will likely show more signs of needing repairs.
The good news is this shouldn’t be too difficult to remedy. Landscape professionals are able to repair old retaining walls and make them as good as new so that they are adding to your outdoor aesthetic rather than taking away from its beauty.
2. Poor Drainage
If your yard suffers from drainage issues, that can be enough cause for detrimental damage to your retaining wall and should be dealt with immediately.
Water damage to the foundation of your retaining wall can require extensive repairs. If you have drainage issues in your yard, landscape professionals may be able to repair your retaining wall and install weep holes in the wall to allow for better drainage.
3. Bad Foundation
If your retaining wall was installed on a poor foundation that can cause it to crumble and break down rapidly. If the installation of your retaining wall was questionable and you are seeing it break down much sooner than you had expected, call in a team of landscapers to repair your retaining wall and remedy the foundation issue.
Each of these issues is enough to call in a professional landscaping team to take a look and repair your damaged retaining wall.
Don’t Attempt To Repair A Retaining Wall Yourself
Many homeowners think that repairing their retaining wall doesn’t require professional skills and that they should be able to DIY it themselves.
This, however, is often not the case as most retaining walls require professional installation services and so also require professional repairing. If you had a professional landscaping crew install the wall, you should call in professionals to repair it as well.
Calling landscaping experts is a far better choice than trying to make the repair yourself. Attempting to repair your retaining wall yourself will give more work to the landscaping crew in the long run and could potentially add on damage to your retaining wall.
Landscapers have experience installing and repairing retaining walls and are able to spot the root problem behind your rock walls decay.
A rock retaining wall often serves dual purposes, combining aesthetics with functionality (some walls are used to prevent soil erosion from spilling into your yard on top of their design). You do not want to sacrifice either of these by doing a DIY repair job, so contact a landscaping crew as soon as you detect a problem.
When Should You Replace & When Should You Repair Your Retaining Wall?
Knowing when to repair or replace your rock retaining wall can be a challenge.
This most likely will take a visual assessment from your landscaping experts. Sometimes, if you have allowed the deterioration to persist without intervention or repair you might need a total replacement.
Unless you are a landscape professional, it will be difficult to make that assessment yourself. This makes it important to schedule a visual assessment with professional landscapers to determine the condition of your retainer wall.
Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Crew To Fix Your Retaining Wall
Hiring a professional landscaping crew for retaining wall repairs is by far the easiest option if you’ve begun to notice caving or decay. Your landscaping experts will be very honest with you about the condition of your rock retaining wall and how it can best be repaired.
If you have started noticing the decay of your retaining wall and want to make the repairs before it’s too late, contact our crew of landscape professionals at New Life Rockeries today to get a quote on your repair.
We employ only the best on our team of landscaping experts and assess skills, integrity, and work ethic during the hiring process. We understand the importance of our jobs in helping homeowners achieve the home of their dreams and want to help you repair your retaining wall for optimal functionality.