Retaining Wall Construction & Repair in Birmingham
Quality Products from Professional Engineers
Retaining walls can be a real danger in residential construction. If you notice that your retaining wall is leaning or eroding in some way, you should get in touch with a professional right away. The potential for damage can be extreme.
There are two primary types of retaining walls: gravity walls and cantilever walls.
Gravity walls are massive structures that rely on their enormous weight to hold back soil. The modern day drystacked, segmental retaining wall with geotextile tie-back grids is an example of this.
Cantilever walls are constructed of either reinforced concrete or reinforced masonry and must be anchored to a wide footing.
Professional Design & Repair Are Necessary
Most Building Inspection Departments require that retaining walls taller than four feet be designed by a licensed professional engineer. This is necessary to ensure that the wall will not slide, settle or topple over. Leaning retaining walls generally indicate improper construction and may fail suddenly and catastrophically. Hence, leaning retaining walls should not be taken lightly. Typical repairs consist of installing closely-spaced helical tie-back anchors.
In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a failing retaining wall and replace it. In those cases, we would generally recommend replacement with a segmental retaining wall.
Retaining Wall Tie Backs
If you are building a new retaining wall or repairing a retaining wall that is threatening to collapse, our anchors provide the lateral support needed to firmly secure earth retention walls. Our engineers can help determine whether a leaning retaining wall can be reinforced or needs to be disassembled and rebuilt.
The many benefits of retaining wall tie backs include:
- No excavation needed for installation or removal
- Can be installed quickly
- Can be installed any time of year and in any weather
- Minimal labor costs
- Can be load tested immediately
Ram Jack tie back technology is second to none in terms of quality, durability and longevity. Our retaining wall helical tie backs are American-made and trusted for a wide range of residential and commercial applications.
Segmental retaining wall being constructed
Segmental retaining wall completed
failed masonry contilever retaining walls
failed masonry cantilever retaining walls