Preventing Foundation Repairs

May 23, 2013

Retaining Walls Can Help Prevent Foundation Repairs

Preventing Foundation Repairs

Most people don’t know that there is a connection between your home’s foundation and the retaining wall found in your yard. Many homeowners think of retaining walls as only decorative design that helps the appearance of sloping landscapes, add terracing, or for designing beautiful flower beds. Much to your surprise, a retaining wall can also provide more than just those benefits. The retaining wall can help prevent foundation repairs.

What Is a Retaining Wall?

If done correctly, a retaining wall is an extraordinarily crafted system for the prevention of soil movement and for controlling water flow.  Soil that might drain off or blow away over a period of time, can gain better protection with the simple addition of a retaining wall. Don’t think of a retaining wall as an eyesore, but more of a well-designed landscape that can offer much more to your home. Think of it as a protection from having to do foundation repairs.

How Can a Retaining Wall Benefit My Foundation?

Your home’s foundation is constantly affected by the soil underneath it, so protecting the soil is a key role in your foundation maintenance. Your foundation is at risk when the soil under your home shifts, shrinks, swells, or erodes. The great part of the retaining wall will help flowing water move appropriately, which in return, will reduce the risk of soil erosion around your foundation. This simple addition will create more protection for your home’s foundation and is significantly less expensive than potential foundation repairs that might occur at a later date.

How Do I Know If I Need a Retaining Wall?

The first step you need to take before you put in a retaining wall is to seek professional input. Because they have such major role in controlling water flow and prevention of soil erosion, retaining walls can also affect other areas of your home, including your neighbors. The professionals will be able to survey the impact of water flow changes and help you avoid any unanticipated problems. In addition, poorly constructed retaining walls will not offer the same benefits, so a professionals opinion will help you select the proper materials and design for your particular situation.

Remember, retaining walls might not work in every area, but they may be a perfect option in some locations. You might consider a retaining wall if you live in more sloping, uneven terrain or are prone to soil erosions in your area.

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Mark Jacobs

Written by Mark Jacobs

Customer Service Manager Mark developed a passion for foundation repair in his formative years. Growing up in the family business has shaped the way he looks at homes and his ability to solve problems - from the ground up! He loves to read and keep up with the new technology that is constantly developing in the foundation repair industry. Outside of work, he loves adventuring with his family, spending time by the water, and has a passion for cooking.

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