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Ignore Signs of Seawall Distress at Your Own Peril

Body - Ignore Signs of Seawall Distress at Your Own PerilSigns of Seawall Distress

As a waterfront property owner or manager, it’s important to be familiar with the four critical warning signs of seawall failure. Soil depressions near the wall, rust stains on the surface, panel movement, and cracks in the concrete are all serious signs of distress. It’s important to call in an expert to evaluate the situation if any of these problems appear. The before and after photos included in this article depict the type of catastrophic failure that often results from neglect.

Preventing Seawall Failure

Fortunately, the proprietary Seawall Repair Network® stabilization process was designed by experts to prevent failure in waterfront barriers showing these types of warning signs. Preferred marine contractors inject SW-RP1 repair material behind each panel joint in the seawall, filling all the voids while stabilizing the supporting soil. Next, the crew installs a pressure relief system consisting of weep hole channels drilled through the wall, the stabilized soil, and into the soil on the landward side. Pressure release technology is then installed to regulate hydrostatic pressure resulting from any new water build-up on the landward side of the wall. If necessary, seawall preservation treatments are also applied to the concrete. This comprehensive repair and prevention system stops seawall deterioration in its tracks and shores up your waterfront barrier for many years to come.

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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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