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Things To Know About Retaining Walls

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There are many landscaping upgrades that you may need to make if you are to get the most out of your property. Retaining walls can be fairly common upgrades to need, but homeowners that have only recently started planning to revitalize their yards may be uninformed about the process of installing a retaining wall.

Why Should You Hire A Professional To Build Your Retaining Wall?

For individuals that enjoy working in their yard, it may seem like a retaining wall will be a fairly simple upgrade to make. As a result, these people will often attempt to build the retaining wall without seeking a professional, like Land Craft, for this task. However, an improperly designed or constructed retaining wall can create serious issues for the property. For example, failing to adequately account for drainage can lead to erosion issues. Also, you may inadvertently build a wall that is not stable, which can make it far more likely to collapse. A collapsed retaining wall can decimate any plants that are in the vicinity while also pose a safety risk for anyone that is near it.

What Permits And Permissions Are Required For Building A Retaining Wall?

Prior to constructing a retaining wall, you will need to research the permitting and approval requirements for your property. When needing to obtain a building permit, you will have to submit your plans to the local government, pay a permitting fee as well as having the wall inspected. Additionally, there are many homeowner associations that will require homeowners to have any landscaping plans approved prior to starting work. Failing to comply with this mandate can result in you being liable for expensive fines and other punitive actions.

Will A Retaining Wall Need Any Maintenance To Keep It Stable?

Once you have installed the retaining wall, you will need to take steps to keep it well-maintained. Otherwise, you will find that the wall can be prone to developing deep cracks that can weaken it, and compromise its appearance. When maintaining a retaining wall, you will need to keep it clean so that moss and algae will not trap moist against it. Also, you need to regularly inspect the drainage pipes to ensure they are clear of debris as clogs could compromise the integrity of the wall by putting pressure on the wall and contributing to erosion. Furthermore, you will want to have any cracks or other issues repaired by a professional as improper repairs will fail to reinforce the wall.