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

Body - What Hydro-Static Pressure Is and Why Seawall Owners Should Be ConcernedMost 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 AdvantagesSeawall / 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