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A Guide to Seawall Repairs

by Scott Myers

If you live next to the water, the chances are good that your property has a seawall. Seawalls are essential for many seaside properties to prevent soil erosion and keep water from encroaching on your property. Unfortunately, seawalls are constantly under a bombardment from the waves and water of the nearby sea or lake, which make them constantly vulnerable to damage.

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Water is one of the most destructive forces on earth and salt water even more so. Water can get into the smallest crack in you seawall and quickly erode the surrounding cement, so an insignificant crack can quickly become a structure-damaging hole. It's important to do regular wall inspections and to act on any damage you find before it becomes a major problem.

Is my seawall in need of professional repair?

Anything larger than small cracks in your seawall will likely require a professional to repair it. Don't delay in calling professionals as a problem that may need a minor repair now can quickly enlarge to a major repair job when left to the mercy of the water.

Damage that requires a professional:

  • Large cracks
  • Severe erosion
  • Separation of panels
  • Cap/wall leaning forward or back
  • Wall bowing or bulging in the middle
  • Wall kicking out at bottom
  • Seawall moving

Whether it's a loss of soil containment or structural damage in the wall itself, all of these problems should be addressed by seawall specialists to ensure they are properly rectified to protect your property.

How will professionals fix my seawall?

After an initial inspection, the repair specialist will present any options available to you. This may include replacing the entire wall in cases of severe damage, replacing parts of the wall, filling in the cracks with resins, replacing eroded dirt with new fill soil, or even using soil injected with resin for extra erosion protection.

If your seawall is too far gone, it may require the installation of a completely new structure. Though it may not be welcome news at the time, this is a chance to update your seawall with modern ideas and materials.

Needing to replace your seawall is a last resort for most homeowners and most damage can be mitigated before the problems become that severe as long as professionals are called in early. If you think your seawall has structural damage, don't delay—contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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