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Seawall Repair in Carrollton, GA

Body - Seawall Repair in Carrollton, GAA homeowner on a private lake in Carrollton, Georgia contacted Seawall Repair Network looking for a way to save their failing seawall. A representative from member contractor Ground Consolidation Solutions promptly arrived to perform a free assessment. There was significant soil loss on the land side. In addition, the seawall itself was starting to shift due to a buildup of hydrostatic pressure.

Repair Materials

SW-RP1 repair material and hydrostatic pressure control panels were used to stabilize the seawall and prevent any further shifting.

Procedures

Given that there were two separate issues occurring, a two-pronged repair approach was in order. First, the crew backfilled the soil voids with coarse river sand, then they injected SW-RP1 repair material from the bottom of the seawall up to the top. This ensured that all of the leaks were sealed off. In addition, the SW-RP1 resin permeated the soil, creating a solid mass to add structural support. Next, the crew addressed the hydrostatic pressure issue. Hydrostatic pressure occurs when groundwater on the soil side builds up and has nowhere to escape, putting undue pressure on the seawall. To alleviate this pressure, the crew installed panel filters every 6 feet, along the face of the seawall just above the average water line. The filters allow water to pass through from the landside without any soil loss.

Results

This process took only two days to complete and was completed for a fraction of the cost of seawall replacement.

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Seawall Repair in Greensboro, GA

Body - Seawall Repair Greensboro GeorgiaA homeowner on Lake Oconee (located in Greensboro, Georgia) contacted the Seawall Repair Network looking for a solution to the soil loss issue occurring behind their seawall. A crew from member contractor Ground Consolidation Services promptly arrived to perform a free assessment. The problem was quickly diagnosed and a repair plan was devised on the spot. Even though seawalls on lakes aren’t subject to the tidal action that coastal structures are, wakes from boat and jet ski activity cause the same erosion and soil loss issues. This particular seawall was in great shape and the backyard leading down to it was pristine, however, soil loss on the land side of the seawall was putting that situation in jeopardy. When the homeowner learned that the soil issue could be remedied with no excavation, his next question was, “when can you start?”

Repair Materials

The Ground Consolidation Services crew used SW-RP1 seawall stabilization and leak seal material on this job. This durable, environmentally friendly material is ideal for restoring waterfront structures.

Procedures

The crew began by backfilling the void areas with coarse river sand. They then injected SW-RP1 from the toe of the seawall up to the surface. They sealed off all the areas where the soil was being lost under the seawall and permeated the sand on the land side, creating a solid soil mass. As a precaution, they placed a turbidity barrier in the water to catch excess cured repair material, which is NSF approved for contact with potable water.

Results

This process took less than one full day to complete and the homeowner couldn’t have been more pleased!

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Strong and Durable Seawall Repair Material

Body - Strong and Durable Seawall Repair MaterialSeawall Repair Network member contractors using SW-RP1 repair material provide superior results and permanent solutions for waterfront property owners. Simply put, SW-RP1 is the strongest and most durable product currently in use for seawall and bulkhead stabilization.

The Installation Process

Proper installation of SW-RP1 is essential for sealing cracks, filling voids and repairing defects behind a seawall, and – perhaps most importantly – stabilizing the supporting soil. Once installed, SW-RP1 transforms the soil into a water-tight impermeable mass. This, along with the installation of dewatering channels with panel filters, relieves lateral stress caused by the typical build-up of hydrostatic pressure behind the seawall.

Environmental Safety

SW-RP1 is environmentally safe and is certified to NSF (61-5) standards for contact with drinking water.

Strength and Durability

One detail that cannot be emphasized enough is the strength of the material. Once SW-RP1 cures, it is stronger than crystalline bedrock. Originally seen in the blog post, SW-RP1 – Rock Solid Seawall Repair Material, this video demonstrates the strength of the materials once cured…

 

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Using Seawall Repair Network Stabilization Methods in New Construction

Body - Using Seawall Repair Network Stabilization Methods in New ConstructionIn addition to repairing seawalls, Seawall Repair Network member contractors can also provide permanent soil stabilization and hydrostatic pressure regulation for newly constructed seawalls and bulkheads. Landward-side soil migration, erosion, void formation, and the build-up of hydrostatic pressure cause structural movement and damage to a seawall. It’s important for property owners, contractors, and engineers to understand that permanent seawall stability can be achieved at the time of initial construction. The stabilization process during new construction involves the installation of  SW-RP1, and de-watering channels with panel filters. This process significantly improves the overall engineering design, durability, and lifespan of seawall structures.

By making these simple changes to the new seawall construction process, the Seawall Repair Network member contractor will:

  1. Provide a permanent solution to the most pressing problem associated with seawall construction – long-term soil stability.
  2. Position the new-construction contractor to provide meaningful warranties for installation and materials.
  3. Help new-construction contractors provide waterfront barrier systems that are reliable.
  4. Contribute to a superior seawall construction industry.
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Versatile Seawall Repair Materials

Body - Versatile Seawall Repair MaterialsSeawall Repair Network member contractors are experts in soil permeation/solidification and the stabilization of seawalls, bulkheads, revetments, rip-rap, and all types of waterfront land retention and protection systems using SW-RP1 & SW-RP6 seawall repair materials. Engineers and architects often encounter numerous waterfront applications for SW-RP1 & SW-RP6 in the course of their waterfront structural design and remediation project work:

  • Chemical wall for erosion control of beachfront properties that do not have a seawall or structural water barrier.
  • Water cut-off of large flow and high-pressure water leaks in seawalls and bulkheads.
  • Sealing of large cracks, voids, and gravel layers in waterfront land-retention structures.
  • Soil stabilization around seawalls and bulkheads.
  • Void filling around seawalls and bulkheads.

The waterfront applications for SW-RP1 & SW-RP6 are endless.

Ancillary structures, as well as homes and other buildings, built near seawalls, waterways, and beaches often have tremendous needs for SW-RP1 and SW-RP6 and their proper installation. These Solutions are available through your local Seawall Repair Network member contractor.

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Get Your Older Seawall Checked Out BEFORE Problems Arise

Body - Get Your Older Seawall Checked Out BEFORE Problems AriseCongratulations, you finally purchased your dream home on a beautiful waterfront property, and now have your personal slice of paradise. That is until your seawall fails and now your actual home is sustaining damage while you are waiting on a seawall builder to charge you for a very expensive new seawall.

Unfortunately, the above scenario occurs every year whenever mother nature’s powerful hurricanes, tropical storms, tsunamis, and routine heavy rains and flooding occur.

The single most important thing a waterfront property owner can do is to get your seawall or bulkhead checked out before problems arise. Think of it this way: your body needs a check-up every now and then, and so does your seawall. Or to use another analogy, failure to have your car serviced on a regular basis can lead to more expensive complications in the long term. Likewise, neglecting to have your seawall checked on and maintained can lead to premature structural failure. If you own a waterfront property with an older seawall, have it assessed immediately to ensure the seawall has not become destabilized. Specifically, you’ll want to have it checked for structural damage, proper dewatering mechanisms, and functioning deadman anchor systems.

If you are having a new seawall installed, be sure to verify the quality of the concrete, steel, vinyl, wood, or composite materials. Verify the quality of the anchor system being installed. Check on the soil erosion control material being utilized (i.e., filter fabric and/or membrane). Pictured in this article is a newly constructed seawall on Lake Erie in New York. This seawall is less than 2 years old and already has major destabilization and concrete damage due to poor soil control and the development of voids on the landward side of the overall structure.

Seawall Repair Network’s Nationwide member contractors are prepared to assist you with all of these critical considerations.

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What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Repair Your Seawall?

Body - Wait Too Long to Repair SeawallLocated along the Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christie is well known for its boating, fishing, beautiful coastlines, local seafood, and all the best Texas hospitality. Unfortunately, from time to time, this coastal oasis is hit with major hurricanes and tropical storms. These occasional severe acts of nature often cause major structural damage to the area’s waterfront land retention systems (i.e., seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments).

For these very reasons, an organization owning a seawall in Corpus Christie recently sought the assistance of Seawall Repair Network. A member contractor performed a complete and thorough assessment. It was determined that previous remediation efforts (i.e., pumping concrete, slurry, and hydraulic cement behind the seawall) were insufficient to properly stabilize and preserve this waterfront structure.

Unfortunately, this structure sustained serious damage from Hurricane Hanna in 2020 (during which Corpus Christie in general suffered the loss of lives and over 1.3 billion dollars in property damage). This particular seawall (pictured in this blog post) was also a casualty and unfortunately had to be replaced instead of repaired. Replacement is generally a lot more costly than repair. The time to repair and strengthen your seawall is NOW, before the next major storm.

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Homeowner Association Seawall Repair in Palm City, Florida

Body - Homeowner Association Seawall RepairVery recently, a large homeowner association in Palm City, Florida contacted Seawall Repair Network regarding their 30-year battle with water damage to their 1.5 miles of seawall and canal shoreline. The association representative (a geologist and architect) has invested many years into saving the association’s seawall from failure.  The association has attempted repairs with cementitious flow, concrete bags, hydraulic cement, new cement footing, new filter fabric, etc.  None of those repair methods provided a durable solution, and the destabilization of their waterfront protection system only became worse.

After a few meetings with Seawall Repair Network’s tech services director Colt Hullander, the homeowner association decided to proceed with our proprietary seawall and bulkhead repair process. The Seawall Repair network member contractor in Palm City, Florida is Ram Jack Southeast. Tony Brown (the Ram Jack Southeast Project Manager) provided personal oversight for this very large project. The initial phase of the project was completed on time and within the project budget.

Upon completion, the homeowner association representative provided the following testimonial:  “Your responsiveness and knowledge of the physics behind the treatment have been very helpful for us. It was reassuring to have someone with your experience and knowledge of the injection repair process working on this project.”

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Challenges of Waterfront Property Ownership

Body - Challenges of Waterfront Property OwnershipSeawall & Bulkhead Failure

America’s coasts, lakes, and rivers are very challenging environments for shoreline property owners. This is also true when beaches, sand dunes, and water banks change the landscape as a result of constant wind, waves, tides, and other factors.

Waterfront properties are under constant assault from storms, flooding, and soil migration. Outdated repair materials and processes can make these situations worse by failing to stabilize and preserve the structures that are most critical for protecting waterfront property.

Seawall & Bulkhead Repair

Seawall Repair Network provides waterfront property owners with the most advanced repair solutions for seawall repair and shoreline stabilization. These repair materials and procedures protect the waterfront property by ensuring durable structural stabilization and preservation.

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Bulkhead / Seawall Repair in Buffalo, New York

Body - Bulkhead Seawall Repair Buffalo, New YorkWaterfront property owners in Buffalo, New York face yearly challenges due to the sometimes turbulent nature of Lake Erie. This immense body of water is capable of producing wave activity similar to hurricane conditions.

One of the great challenges associated with Lake Erie is the build-up of hydrostatic pressure on the landward side of the seawall.

As mentioned in the previous blog post, What Hydro-Static Pressure Is and Why Seawall Owners Should Be Concerned

Hydrostatic Pressure is most commonly defined as the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.

Hydrostatic pressure builds exponentially when groundwater “stacks up” behind a seawall. Water (and all liquids in general) gravitates to level with the existing water table. Water will always follow the path of least resistance. This force causes movement within unstable soil.

The great news for waterfront property owners (who rely on their seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments to protect their property from nature’s forces of devastation) is that the Seawall Repair Network’s proprietary repair process protects these same structures from failure.

In the picture included with this article, the seawall on the left side has been protected with the Seawall Repair Network materials, equipment, and installation procedures. Unfortunately, the seawall in the background on the right side has not, and the structure is now destabilized and moving forward. If left unprotected, the seawall on the right side will fail.

Seawall Repair Network Member Mike Garnett of Garnett Seawall Solutions utilized the proprietary repair process to ensure that hydrostatic pressure would not cause the above seawall to move and fail.

The customer was highly satisfied with the work accomplished by Garnett Seawall Solutions and referred them to many other neighbors in the area.