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Seawall Repair & the Consequences of Neglect (Seawall Failure)

Body-Seawall Neglect Signs of Seawall FailureThe Costs of Ignoring Seawall Damage

Ignoring the signs and symptoms of seawall damage will eventually result in the failure of a seawall. Seawall failure is always an expensive event that often affects nearby structures like boat lifts, boardwalks, and pool decks. And the sooner the waterfront property owner acts, the lower the eventual repair costs. But what happens when the signs of seawall failure are ignored?

Signs of Seawall Failure

  • Loss of adjacent soil.
  • Cracks in the seawall cap.
  • Rust stains on the surface.
  • Tilting or movement of the seawall.
  • Seawall panel separation.

When these signs of seawall failure are ignored, the result is always the same: deterioration and/or complete seawall failure. Fortunately, a Seawall Repair Network contractor near you is offering advanced seawall repair solutions.

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Why Holes Are Appearing in the Soil Behind Your Seawall

Body - holes in soil behind seawall holes in soil near seawall sinkhole behind seawallThe Cause of Soil Holes Behind a Seawall

As seawalls age, soil often migrates through the vertical panel joints and weep holes. During construction, a geotextile filter fabric is usually installed on the landward side along the vertical panel joints and weep holes to prevent the migration mentioned above. Over time, however, filter fabric begins to deteriorate and becomes ineffective. Soil migration then occurs during every water event (rain, irrigation, daily tide activity, storm surge, etc.).

Holes Behind a Seawall Indicate Structural Stability Issues

Holes forming behind your seawall are a very big deal and should be considered a red flag that cannot be ignored. A slow process initially, soil migration eventually leads to void formations on the landward side of the seawall. Void formations jeopardize the overall stability of the seawall structure. The loss of structural stability can lead to movement of the wall itself. As the structure slips and moves, damage to seawall caps and panels occur. In addition, resulting stress on the supporting seawall tie-rods and deadman anchors can lead to complete failure of the entire seawall.

If you see holes behind your seawall, you should contact a qualified seawall repair contractor as soon as possible.

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Why Rust Stains Appear on Concrete Seawalls

Body - Why Rust Stains Appear on Concrete Seawalls Rust Stain on a Bulkhead Rust Stain on a SeawallRust on Concrete Seawalls & Bulkheads is a Sign of Decay

Once the steel reinforcement inside of a seawall begins to rust, it expands inside of the concrete and results in spalling (aka cracking). Horizontal cracks (span-running) will then occur as the steel reinforcement of the seawall cap begins to rust and expand inside of the seawall cap. Spalling causes the seawall cap to expand from within itself, which in turn causes the concrete to further break and come apart. Spalling by itself (if allowed to progress) will destroy a seawall by displacing the wall panels. The overall seawall structure relies on the seawall cap to hold everything together.

Repairing the Damage Caused by Rust on Seawalls & Bulkheads

Traditionally, contractors and handymen who perform concrete repair work on seawall caps simply cut through and remove the entire section of seawall cap in need of repair. They then pour new concrete in that section of removed concrete. This form of remediation compromises the integrity of the steel reinforcement of the entire seawall cap.

In order to maintain as much of the original seawall structural integrity as possible, the Seawall Repair Network has created a surgical concrete repair process:

  • We identify the extent of the spalling by cutting away the damaged concrete.
  • We avoid cutting through any of the original steel reinforcement.
  • We continue cutting and grinding the concrete until the extent of the spalling is fully exposed.
  • We remove as much rust as possible.
  • We add steel rebar as needed to replace severely damaged rebar.
  • We install zinc anodes to both ends of the steel being repaired. Zinc anodes are designed to protect buried or submerged metal structural components by sacrificing themselves to prevent the steel reinforcement from rusting. In other words, the zinc anodes corrode instead of the steel rebar. This process is called cathodic protection.
  • We then coat the entire service area with a balanced formula of phosphoric acid, dichromates, wetting agents, and extenders. This product is environmentally safe and non-flammable. It seals out moisture and prevents future rust from forming.
  • We then install stainless steel screws into the service area to act as structural reinforcements.
  • We then utilize forming boards to form and prepare the pouring of the concrete repair material.
  • We then pour and form a high-strength concrete repair material to reconstruct the parts of the wall that were damaged by spalling.

End Result: The Best Seawall Cap Repair in the Industry

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Why You Should be Concerned When You See Cracks in Seawall Caps

Body - Cracks in Seawall Caps Repair Seawall Caps Bulkhead Cap RepairWhat Causes Cracks in Seawall Caps?

The seawall cap serves the function of tying and securing all the panels into their installed positions. In other words, the seawall cap holds everything together. Most seawall caps are made from poured concrete reinforced with steel. The great thing about concrete is that it never lies. Concrete always displays a stress reaction to unstable soil.

Once a seawall begins to experience movement related to soil instability caused by soil migration and void formation, the seawall cap experiences tremendous lateral stress. This stress is caused by the build-up of hydrostatic pressure and water-saturated soil (typical soil grade mass) on the landward side of the seawall. Also, the seawall berm (the soil mass surrounding the bottom of the seawall) has typically been compromised at this point and has become unstable as well.

How Do You Repair Cracks in Seawall Caps?

Seawall Repair Network contractors employ high-strength epoxy and concrete repair materials to repair cracks in seawall caps. This process restores strength and integrity to the structure. The Seawall Repair Network’s proprietary materials, equipment, and repair processes remedy this kind of damage and other seawall issues.

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What Hydro-Static Pressure Is and Why Seawall Owners Should Be Concerned

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What is Hydro-Static Pressure?

Most seawall property owners are not aware of the dangers of hydrostatic pressure, and the devastating effects that it can have on a seawall.

Hydrostatic pressure is most formally 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 the depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.  (Not clear on what all this means yet? Keep reading…)

A Cause of Seawall Failure

Hydrostatic pressure builds behind your seawall exponentially when groundwater “stacks up” behind your seawall. Water infiltration gravitates to level with the existing water table. Water will always follow the path of least resistance. This force causes movement within unstable soil.

When accumulated hydrostatic pressure builds up behind a seawall, the pressure can force the water to move downward and under the seawall panels. This movement of water can degrade the seawall berm (the soil mass surrounding the bottom of the seawall).  Lateral forces cause panel displacement when unstable soil conditions exist.

Seawall Repair and Restoration

Fortunately, Seawall Repair Network offers an array of the most advanced and reliable solutions to this problem. Seawall Repair Network contractors use high-strength proprietary SW-RP1 Repair Material, Hydrostatic Pressure Control Technology, Seawall Cap Repair Methods, and – when necessary – an Advanced Permanent Anchoring System to repair and restore seawalls at risk.

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Seawall Repair Network Advantages

Body - Seawall Repair Network: Your source for finding a seawall contractor offering advanced seawall maintenance and repair.Seawall / Bulkhead Repair & Seawall / Bulkhead Replacement

When you find yourself engaged in a search for seawall repair or replacement options, it’s fueled by the understanding that your seawall is key to preventing serious damage to (or even destruction of) your house, building, or property in general.

Unfortunately, most waterfront property owners have not been educated regarding replacement and repair with subpar methods:

  • Seawall replacement can be very expensive, disruptive, and sometimes even destructive to surrounding property.
  • Subpar, ineffective solutions such as hydraulic cement, slurry, crushed seashells, and sodium silicate do not address the underlying soil instability that puts unsustainable pressure on the seawall.  These methods are similar to putting a band-aid on an infection. The problem will simply continue to get worse until the seawall fails completely.

Experienced Seawall / Bulkhead Repair Contractors

Seawall Repair Network (a division of Alchemy-Spetec) has developed a comprehensive solution, consisting of:

  • Proprietary SW-RP1 Repair Material
  • Hydrostatic Pressure Control Technology
  • Seawall Cap and Panel Structural Repair
  • Advanced Permanent Anchoring System (When Needed)

Seawall Repair Network member contractors are equipped with state of the art:

  • Seawall Repair Network System Training
  • Seawall Repair Materials
  • Seawall Repair Equipment
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What to Look for in a Seawall or Bulkhead Repair Contractor

Body - What to Look for in a Seawall or Bulkhead Repair Contractor (or Seawall Repair Companies)Not All Seawall/Bulkhead Repair Methods Are Equal

For decades, waterfront property owners like yourself have sought assistance with failing seawalls. And for decades, some contractors have made the problem worse by installing subpar repair materials like hydraulic cement, slurry, sodium silicate, and crushed seashells. These common solutions do not address the underlying problem – soil stability around the seawall.

By using these inferior methods, these contractors add tremendous lateral stress to the landward side of the seawall. This causes seawall movement, an increase of hydrostatic pressure, and eventually seawall failure.

Not All Seawall/Bulkhead Repair Companies Are the Same

The Seawall Repair Network provides:

Seawall Repair Network is the only national, all-inclusive network of highly trained and qualified Preferred Marine Contractors.

Preferred Marine Contractors are carefully selected for their:

  • Experience
  • Integrity
  • Reputation
  • Customer Service Record

Each contractor has been thoroughly trained in Seawall Repair Network product and solution application methods.

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Seawall Repair Cost vs the Price of Replacement or Neglect

Body - Seawall Repair Cost vs the Price of Replacement or Neglect (Bulkhead Repair vs Replacement)Your seawall, or bulkhead, is a structure that separates the waterway from your property. While the appropriate term for these structures is Vertical Seawall (a straight wall), the term Seawall is most commonly utilized.

Your Seawall Repair Cost is a Long-Term Investment

The practical functions of your seawall are critical for protecting your property:

  • Your seawall is the front-line defense against the loss of landmass into the waterway due to erosion, rain, irrigation, currents, and wave action.
  • Your seawall assists in maintaining proper water depths for your property.
  • Your seawall establishes your legally recognized property lines and water rights.
  • Your seawall is significant for the protection of ancillary structures like boat docks.
  • Your seawall is critical for the value and protection of your waterfront property.

Why Choose Repair for Your Concrete Seawall/Bulkhead?

Seawall property owners generally have four options when a seawall begins to develop damage.

  • Option #1): Ignore the problem – and risk seawall failure.
  • Option #2) Replace the seawall – and risk over-paying to solve the problem, enduring a disruptive and messy process, and potential damage to adjacent structures (including boat docks, boardwalks, and even houses and buildings).
  • Option #3) Repair with inferior methods such as hydraulic cement, slurry, crushed seashells, and sodium silicate – and continue to risk seawall failure because they do not address the underlying soil instability that puts unsustainable pressure on the seawall.
  • Option #4) – You can hire a Seawall Repair Network contractor who:
    • Has completed advanced geotechnical seawall repair training,
    • Uses the most effective seawall repair equipment,
    • Is able to complete your seawall repairs without risking destruction of property,
    • Is able to complete your project at a fraction of the price of replacement,
    • Is able to complete your project at a fraction of the time of replacement,
    • Provides a permanent and reliable seawall repair solution.

The best choice is clear. You can save yourself a lot of money, potential property disruption/destruction, stress & frustration by working with a Seawall Repair Network contractor in your area.

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What is SW-RP1? Why Do You Need It for Seawall & Bulkhead Repair?

SW-RP1 for concrete seawall repair and bulkhead repair becuase bulkhead erosion repair requires durable material.SW-RP1 Is the Premier Solution for Seawall Repair & Bulkhead Repair

The hallmark of the Seawall Repair Network is our proprietary SW-RP1 repair permeation solution. Simply put – it is the best product on the market for seawall soil stabilization.

As a waterfront property owner, you may have been conditioned to believe that your seawall needs to be replaced every 25 to 30 years. This understanding is highly accurate in that if your seawall is allowed to become unstable, and if NO remediation to return stability is performed, then your seawall will most certainly fail after about 25 to 30 years.

Doing nothing when your seawall begins to show signs of soil instability is very similar to ignoring the ‘Check Engine’ warning light on your vehicle’s dashboard. It’s simply a bad idea – and your problem will only get worse and more expensive.

Seawall Repair Cost Is Minimal Compared to Seawall Failure Cost

Your seawall failure is ultimately associated with soil instability (and the associated accumulation of hydrostatic pressure from water build-up behind the wall). This fact begs the following question:

What if the soil supporting your seawall has its stability re-established prior to seawall failure, and the accumulated hydrostatic pressure (lateral force) is displaced and released?

The answer to this question clear. And the Seawall Repair Network is perfectly positioned to provide you with cost-effective solutions for the repair and preservation of your seawall and, in the process, help you avoid the high cost of total seawall replacement.

  • SW-RP1 is essential for sealing your seawall’s panel cracks, filling voids and defects behind your seawall, and perhaps most importantly, proving soil stabilization for your seawall.
  • SW-RP1 transforms the surrounding soil of your seawall into a water-tight impermeable mass, which blocks the transference of energy and lateral stress caused by the typical build-up of hydrostatic pressure behind the seawall.
  • SW-RP1 is environmentally safe and is certified to NSF (61-5) standards for contact with drinking water.

Your Seawall Repair Network contractor has been thoroughly trained, equipped, and tested on the correct installation techniques and usage of SW-RP1 for your seawall repair and preservation needs.