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What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a structure designed to restrain and stabilize soils and miscellaneous matter to unnatural slopes.  They are most often used when two grade elevations are different yes too closed together to have a natural slope between them.

Is a retaining wall a feasible solution?  Failed retaining wall?  Existing retaining wall issues?

Retaining walls can serve a variety of purposes and functions, and can range drastically in height, strength, design, and composition of materials.  Let the professionals at Deska Services guide you through the process towards the ideal and cost effective solution.

Types of retaining walls

  • Cantilevered
  • Gravity
  • Anchored
  • Sheet Piling
  • Bored Piling

Retaining wall failure

Retaining walls can fail for  many reasons and this doesn't always result in a sudden failure or collapse.  Often a failing retaining wall provides many signs of deterioration or warning signs long before a total failure or collapse.  Here a few reasons why and warning signs of failing retaining walls:

Reasons for failure

  • Improper reinforcement
  • Design errors
  • Improper construction practices
  • Foundation issues
  • Deteriorated materials
  • Saturated backfill

Warning signs of failure

  • Flexural or shear cracking
  • Wall is bowed outward
  • Settled structures adjacent
  • Efflorescence
  • Deteriorated materials
  • Foundation issues
  • Deteriorated or crumbling materials
  • Saturated backfill

 

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