There are many factors that may contribute to the need for one or more retaining walls for your home. Skilled retaining wall contractors can help you assess for the following issues and create a retaining wall solution that will alleviate their negative impacts and improve your property.
In general, if you are concerned about soil erosion on your property, a retaining wall is a sound solution. Retaining walls are especially helpful for homeowners located on a slope, but soil erosion can occur under other circumstances as well. Depending on the cause of erosion, there are different types of retaining walls that can mitigate the issue and help the soil on your property stay put.
While there may be other, unrelated causes of foundation problems, the need for a retaining wall might be the culprit. If the soil from uphill is sliding and compacting against your foundation, you may see cracks on the interior side of the concrete as it is stressed by the tensile pressure, particularly if the concrete is not properly reinforced. On the other hand, a sagging foundation might mean the ground beneath the foundation is moving downhill, causing the foundation to slump into the cavity left behind. In both instances, retaining walls can shore up the landscape to protect your foundation from further damage.
A popular application for retaining walls used by home remodeling contractors is to create a more functional and aesthetically-pleasing yard. For homeowners located on a hill or with smaller outdoor spaces, retaining walls can create additional layers of usable square footage for patios, gardens, and meandering pathways. By breaking up your yard into tiers and leveling sloped surfaces, you can regain a great deal of underutilized outdoor space.
Retaining walls can also help with groundwater management and help to minimize flooding. Most retaining walls are built with permeable elements so they can slow the flow of water to the areas below without overburdening the wall with heavy, sodden soil, which can lead to retaining wall failure. Furthermore, retaining walls can be engineered with french drains or other drainage systems that collect and redirect water. Some homeowners even repurpose this water in landscape irrigation systems that help decrease their overall water usage. If your home tends to flood or experiences water runoff issues, a retaining wall may be a solution that lets your property dry out.