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Seawall Repair Network in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia

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Many seawalls along the northeastern United States are in a state of disrepair, for a wide variety of reasons. Rising water levels, corrosion, seasonal freeze/thaw cycles, storms, and extreme weather events all contribute to seawall deterioration over time. Properly built seawalls include a drainage system to handle the daily influx and outflow of water from rain, tides, and waves. Over time, these drainage systems can sometimes become clogged. Seawalls without an effective built-in drainage system face a unique problem in that the water has no way to escape except to force its way down and out from underneath the base of the wall. When this occurs, sinkholes will appear alongside the wall.

Seawall Repair Options

Property owners facing seawall deterioration have a few options:

  • Do Nothing: The problem with this option is obvious – the longer you wait, the more expensive the eventual repair.
  • Replace the Seawall: Rebuilding a seawall (or even a section of a seawall) can be messy, time-consuming, and expensive.
  • Repair with Cement Grout: Cement grout seawall repair requires heavy equipment, large drill holes, and the use of weighty cement grout which may sink over time.
  • Repair with Seawall Repair Network: Seawall Repair Network’s repair process is accomplished with small mobile equipment, proprietary SW-RP1 durable repair material that doesn’t sink, and small drill holes. This procedure is less messy and more efficient than replacing the seawall or repairing it with cement grout.

Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 is stronger than crystalline bedrock. Combined with proper drainage, seawall repair with SW-RP1 can greatly extend the life of the structure.

Environmentally Safe Seawall Repair

Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 has received the official NSF seal of approval for contact with drinking water (this also protects water-dwelling wildlife as well). This designation ensures compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA) and guarantees peace of mind for property owners and propery managers.

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Seawall Repair on Lakefront Properties

Body - Seawall Repair on Lakefront PropertiesSigns of Seawall Distress

Do you own or manage lakefront property? If so, you may have issues with your seawalls. Check for the following danger signs:

  • Settled soil near the wall (a sign of water leaking through the wall and eroding the soil on the land side).
  • Soil deposits near the seams on the waterside of the wall (a sign of water leaks bringing soil through the seams into the lake).
  • Visible rust-colored cracks or stains in the wall (a sign of water leaking through cracks in the wall and rusting the rebar inside).

SW-RP1 Seawall Repair

High-strength SW-RP1 repair material can be injected through pipes directly into voids and loose soil around your distressed seawall. Seawall Repair Network contractors use material that reacts with moisture in the ground and expands to fill voids while also permeating the soil to form a solid, strong, watertight mass.

Since SW-RP1 is impermeable to water once in place, the likelihood of future erosion is vastly diminished versus refilling the void with other material. This technology has one of the strongest histories of success in the field.

Efficient seawall repair with this material prevents the need for remediation processes that can be harmful to the environment, such as a complete wall replacement or the excavating of all loose soil. SW-RP1 is approved for contact with drinking water once cured in place. So you don’t have to worry any long-term negative environmental impact.

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Advanced Seawall Repair for Better Results

Body - Advanced Seawall Repair for Better ResultsLet’s take an in-depth look at the installation of Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 repair material vs alternative repair options. This process consists of stopping high flow leaks, filling the voids behind concrete structures, and binding loose soil with Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 repair material.

The Problem – Leaking Seawalls

As tidal flows rise and fall, water pushes its way in through cracks, joints, and defects in seawalls. The water pushes in on incoming tides and flows out on outgoing tides. As the water flows out, it carries sand and soil with it, which causes voids to form in the supporting soil, undermining the structural integrity of the seawall. This cycle is exacerbated during periods of heavy rain which continue the outflow of soil.

The Evidence – How to Spot Seawall Deterioration

In landscaped areas, evidence of soil erosion is often quite obvious. You’ll often see small sinkholes developing near the seawall. It’s important to inspect closely underneath tall grass and shrubbery since foliage can sometimes obstruct your view of the damage. Other clues include cracks in concrete slabs near the seawall and piles of sand building up at the base of the seawall on the waterside (if you can manage to get an underwater view). If you’re still not sure, you can use a soil probe to get a feel for the condition of the soil near the seawall.

The Options – Seawall Repair Methods

When it comes to repairing a seawall, you have three main options:

Replace the Seawall

You can tear out the wall (or part of the wall) and replace it. This approach has a few daunting downsides…

  • Costs more than repair.
  • Takes up a lot of time.
  • Requires permits.
  • Disrupts the site and poses a risk to nearby structures.

Paying for a new seawall is no doubt going to cost more than any kind of repair. A complete rebuild will also take some time. Not to mention the inevitable mess, a good portion of which is likely to end up in the water. The excavation also requires getting a permit, which can eat up a LOT of time.

Repair with Cement Grout (Hydraulic Cement & Slurry)

Some contractors and property owners are still filling sinkholes and trying to plug seawall leaks with concrete. This outdated approach has many disadvantages when compared to Seawall Repair Network’s advanced SW-RP1 material…

  • Requires a lot of labor and machinery.
  • Takes up a lot of time.
  • Uses a repair material that is prone to degradation over time.
  • Adds unnecessary weight to a seawall that is already under stress.

The amount of labor and machinery required can be quite disruptive. Compared to the surgical approach of installing SW-RP1 repair material, the installation of cement grout can create quite a mess. Needless to say, with all this extra material, machinery and labor – the whole process takes a lot longer than your typical Seawall Repair Network job. Cement grout is known to shrink and degrade over time. Imagine the frustration of paying for an expensive seawall repair, only to see it wash out eventually. And cement that doesn’t wash out can add weight to the structure, causing the surrounding soil to sink again over time.

Repair with SW-RP1

Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 is the proven next-generation technology for effective and long-lasting seawall repair. SW-RP1 offers the following advantages over both excavation and cement grout…

  • Causes minimal disruption (less labor, equipment, and material required).
  • Takes up less time (rapidly installed, with a quick return-to-use period).
  • Does not degrade over time.
  • Won’t’ cause soil to sink (lightweight high-strength material).
  • Does not harm the environment (NSF approved for contact with drinking water).

Compared to the typical excavation or cement grout repair crew, a Seawall Repair Network crew will seem like a stealthy ninja strike force. This non-invasive, clean approach to repair allows the property owner to continue using the surrounding area during the process. The property owner can resume activity directly on and directly next to the structure within hours after a repair. Cured SW-RP1 repair material has been rigorously tested for contact with drinking water. So there is no concern about ensuing environmental issues.

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SW-RP1 – Environmentally Friendly Seawall Repair Material

Body - SW-RP1 - Environmentally Friendly Seawall Repair MaterialOn seawall repair projects of all scopes and sizes, ensuring environmental safety is mission-critical. That’s why Seawall Repair Network’s SW-RP1 high-strength repair material has the official NSF seal of approval for contact with drinking water. This single designation ensures compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA) and guarantees peace of mind for property owners and managers.

The SDWA helps ensure the water we drink, bathe in, cook with, and use in myriad other ways in daily life is safe for consumption. The federal law was put in place to maintain public health standards for drinking water systems. It defines what is considered a contaminant – both man-made and naturally occurring; and outlines the agencies responsible for regulating, monitoring, and enforcing adherence to the law, primarily the Environmental Protection Agency.

The SDWA gives the EPA latitude to impose criminal and civil penalties on industries not in compliance. In 2014 enforcement efforts policing clean water netted $163 million in penalties and fines, 155 combined years of incarceration for sentenced defendants, and $16 million in court-ordered project clean-ups.

Because so many of those defined contaminants are pertinent to even the most basic construction projects – turbidity from soil runoff, leaching from PVC pipes, potentially harmful and corrosive chemicals, and more – understanding and adhering to the law is particularly important for industry stakeholders. Contractors and engineers must be able to confidently choose vendors whose products and services won’t become the source or cause of drinking water contamination either in the short or long term. NSF certification offers assurance that such problems won’t occur or will, at a minimum, be addressed.

“NSF, an independent, private, not-for-profit, third-party certification organization founded in 1944, has developed numerous health-based certification programs and consensus standards including those that relate to drinking water,” reads an NSF compliance brief. “The purpose of its certification program is to promote public health and enrich the quality of life. Through its Council of Public Health and Health Advisory Board, which includes EPA health professionals, it obtains guidance in developing and maintaining programs and standards. NSF also partners with code councils to ensure ongoing compliance.”

NSF-certified materials are evaluated and lab-tested, and production facilities such as our own are inspected and annually audited for re-testing to maintain certification.

Seawall Repair Network voluntarily undergoing such a rigorous certification process is invaluable to property owners and managers because it provides assurance that, at the end of the day, your seawall repair project is safe and environmentally friendly.

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

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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.