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Seawall Failure Series – 3. Modern Solutions to Combat Seawall Failure

Body - Modern Solutions to Combat Seawall FailureInnovative solutions are needed more than ever to preserve the integrity of our seawalls as storms continue to intensify and batter our shorelines. These protective barriers demand advanced construction technologies and materials to combat the multifaceted threats they face. Modern solutions such as polymers, hydrostatic pressure control systems, seawall anchoring, and advanced shoreline preservation methods are revolutionizing the field of seawall maintenance and repair.

Polymers: The Future of Seawall Reinforcement

Among the most innovative materials finding their way into seawall reinforcement are polymers. These have several distinct advantages:

Sealing Cracks and Voids: Polymers can be injected into cracks and voids, where they expand to form a robust seal. This action not only closes gaps but also strengthens the structure by acting as an adhesive between fractured components.
Flexibility: Unlike more rigid materials, polymers offer a degree of flexibility, absorbing and dispersing wave energy efficiently, reducing the erosive impact.
Corrosion Resistance: These materials are inherently resistant to the corrosive properties of saltwater, thereby enhancing the seawall’s longevity.
Quick Curing: The quick-setting nature of polymers facilitates rapid repairs, a crucial attribute.

Hydrostatic Pressure Control Systems: Balancing the Pressures

One of the silent threats to seawalls is the hydrostatic pressure that builds up behind the wall. Modern solutions target this pressure imbalance:

Relief Weep Holes: Strategically placed holes along the seawall allow trapped water to escape, ensuring a balanced pressure differential across the wall.

Pressure Sensors: Advanced systems now integrate sensors that monitor hydrostatic pressures in real time, alerting to anomalies and potential threats.

Seawall Anchoring: Holding Firm Against Nature
Anchoring solutions offer an added layer of security to seawalls, ensuring they remain firmly rooted against wave and tidal forces:

Tieback Systems: These are rod-like structures that extend from the seawall into the stable ground layers behind it. Acting as tension-resisting elements, they prevent the seawall from tilting or collapsing outward.

Helical Anchors: Spiral-shaped rods that are screwed into the ground, helical anchors provide both tension and compression support to seawalls, accommodating the dynamic loads they face.

Gravity Anchors: These massive, weighty structures are buried behind seawalls, leveraging their sheer weight to counteract any forces trying to displace the wall.

Advanced Concrete Preservation Materials: Enhancing Durability

Concrete, a fundamental material in many seawalls, benefits immensely from modern preservation technologies:

Corrosion Inhibitors: These chemicals, when applied to seawalls, form a protective layer that shields the embedded steel reinforcements from saltwater-induced corrosion.

Crystalline Waterproofing: A revolutionary product that, when mixed with concrete, promotes the growth of insoluble crystals within the concrete’s pores. This seals the concrete, making it virtually impermeable to water.

Elastomeric Coatings: These flexible coatings, applied to the seawall’s surface, offer a dual benefit – they prevent water infiltration and accommodate the wall’s minor expansions and contractions without cracking.

As the challenges intensify, so does the need to innovate. This fusion of advanced materials, technological systems, and refined construction techniques offers a promising future for our seawalls – one where they stand resilient, durable, and adaptive to the ever-changing dynamics of coastal environments.

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Future-Proofing Your Waterfront Property

Body - Future-Proofing Your Waterfront PropertyAs a waterfront commercial property owner or manager, you know firsthand the constant battle against the forces of nature. Erosion, flooding, and leakage can quickly compromise the integrity of your seawalls, exposing your valuable real estate to serious risk. Fortunately, there is a durable solution: polymer grouting.

Seawall Repair Network® contractors are trained in a propriety repair process featuring the installation of SW-RP1 polymer grout. Unlike time-intensive seawall replacement projects which can take weeks to complete, this process can be completed in just hours or days. The hydrophobic polymer material expands on contact with moisture, creating an impenetrable barrier against water intrusion. Polymer grouts also bond tenaciously to surrounding materials, providing unmatched strength and longevity.

Signs Your Seawall Needs Repair

As a property manager, it’s important to regularly inspect your seawall and watch for these common signs of structural failure:

  • Soil depressions near the seawall
  • Rust stains indicating corroded rebar inside the concrete
  • Movement or shifting of seawall sections under pressure
  • Cracks in the seawall cap

If you spot any of these issues, it’s time to act before further deterioration and property damage occurs.

Polymer Seawall Repair for Property Protection

Polymer grout is the premier solution for restoring stability to aging or damaged seawalls.

  • Durability: Polymer stabilizes supporting soil behind the seawall by transforming it into an impermeable mass that resists erosion.
  • Minimal disruption: Polymer grouting minimizes downtime and tenant/customer disturbance compared to seawall replacement projects.
  • Cost-efficiency: The quick application reduces repair costs and revenue losses from closures. Durable polymers also decrease the need for frequent future repairs.
  • Versatility: Polymer grouts address minor cracks, large voids, soil issues and more, making them adaptable for any repair scenario.
  • Eco-friendly: SW-RP1 is NSF/ANSI 61-5 certified for contact with potable water.

While the installation of polymer grout is an excellent solution, Seawall Repair Network® contractors often combine it with other techniques like the installation of a hydrostatic pressure control system, steel tieback anchors, and seawall cap repair for a durable, custom remediation.

Follow the Three-step Property Preservation Plan

Don’t leave your waterfront assets vulnerable. Call on Seawall Repair Network® for a rapid, resilient, and cost-efficient solution. Protect the future of your coastal investment today.

  1. Contact an Expert
    2. Get a Detailed Repair Plan
    3. Relax While We Save Your Seawall
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Revolutionizing Seawall Repair: Innovative Solutions for Engineers

Body - Revolutionizing Seawall RepairEngineers maintaining coastal infrastructure continually seek sustainable seawall repair solutions. Prioritizing techniques that bolster resilience while lessening environmental impact is essential. This post delves into a groundbreaking solution – polymer injection technology for seawall reinforcement. By adopting this method, engineers can efficiently strengthen weakened seawalls, minimize ecological disruption, and secure these vital barriers for the future.

Seawalls, made of sturdy materials like concrete and steel, shield coastlines from the ocean’s power. But they’re not invincible; harsh marine conditions wear them down, posing challenges for their upkeep. Traditional repair methods, often involving hefty costs and long durations, disrupt coastal ecosystems and communities. This has led to the exploration of innovative alternatives.

Enter polymer technology. This contemporary approach involves injecting specific polymers into seawall weak points, reinforcing them and minimizing environmental interference. The process is as follows:

Inspection and Assessment: Specialists examine the seawall, pinpointing cracks, erosion, and structural vulnerabilities.

Precise Injection: Contractors accurately introduce polymers into these areas. These substances expand, sealing gaps and stabilizing the soil.

Structural Reinforcement: The polymers quickly cure, merging with the soil and seawall, restoring its strength.

Minimal Disruption: This technique sidesteps massive excavation, preserving the environment and coastal aesthetics.

The benefits of polymer injection are manifold:

  • Cost-Effective: It curtails expenses by limiting labor and materials.
  • Eco-Conscious: Its sustainable approach aligns with responsible coastal management.
  • Durable: The fortified seawall resists marine wear longer.
  • Versatile: It’s suited to different seawall materials and designs.
  • Quick Turnaround: Coastal areas face less disruption, hastening post-storm recuperation.

Embracing innovation is key to safeguarding our coasts. Polymer repairs symbolize a leap forward, offering an economical, green, and potent seawall maintenance method. Adopting this approach not only augments seawall durability but also minimizes environmental tolls, ensuring the prolonged security of our coastal regions. This novel method heralds a more sustainable era of seawall preservation.

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Water’s Arch Nemesis: Polymer Grout’s Waterproofing Capabilities

Body - Water's Arch Nemesis Polymer Grout's Waterproofing CapabilitiesWater is as destructive as it is life-giving. Coastal structures, designed to protect and fortify, often face the relentless force of water and its associated elements. To counteract this, the adoption of polymer grout as a leading solution has been nothing short of a game-changer for coastal engineering.

Polymer Grout in Seawall Erosion Control

Seawalls, the guardians of our waterfronts, play a pivotal role in safeguarding properties. However, these barriers are not invincible. Often, soil erosion behind these walls contributes to their deterioration. Enter SW-RP1 polymer seawall repair material. Technicians inject it into the ground to stabilize the soil surrounding the seawall, addressing any cracks that may have formed from leaks and ensuring the soil remains robust, effectively warding off future erosion. SW-RP1 is environmentally friendly and certified to NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 (approved for contact with potable water).

The Scientific Mechanics Behind SW-RP1 Polymer Grout

Inherently hydrophobic, SW-RP1 polymer grout acts as a barrier against water ingress when cured. Its unique chemical structure ensures that, upon contact with moisture, it expands, forming a watertight seal and stabilizing soil. Furthermore, its bond strength is unparalleled, adhering effectively to a range of materials, ensuring longevity and robustness in waterproofing applications.

Advantages of Polymer Grout Over Other Waterproofing and Stabilization Methods

Beyond its primary waterproofing capabilities, polymer grout offers unmatched cost-effectiveness. Thanks to its durability, the need for frequent repairs is significantly reduced. Its adaptability to a range of situations—from minor crack repairs to large-scale soil stabilization—makes it a versatile tool in the coastal engineer’s arsenal. Additionally, NSF-approved polymer grouts ensure we can protect our structures without harming the environment.

Considerations When Using Polymer Grout

While it’s a powerhouse in many situations, polymer grout isn’t always the universal answer. The application phase requires meticulous attention, and the effectiveness can be compromised if not applied under suitable conditions or without the requisite preparatory steps. Furthermore, in some scenarios, polymer grout might need to be paired with other solutions for optimal results.

Additional Seawall Repair Techniques

While polymer grout is formidable, combining it with other methods amplifies its effectiveness. A hydrostatic pressure control system is one such technique. By automatically removing accumulating water behind the seawall, it negates the damage that unchecked water build-up can wreak on even the most resilient walls. Further, repairing the seawall cap with high-strength epoxies and concrete materials reinforces its structural integrity. In areas prone to heightened risks, the installation of a seawall anchoring system, particularly steel tiebacks, provides added security, ensuring the seawall remains steadfast.


Polymer grout is undeniably an indispensable tool in coastal engineering. Its blend of durability, versatility, and effectiveness ensures our coastal structures remain resilient against the test of time and tide. For those on the front lines of coastal defense, understanding and leveraging the powers of polymer grout can make all the difference in creating enduring waterfront legacies.

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Does Your Dysfunctional Seawall Need an Intervention?

Body - Does Your Seawall Need an InterventionSeawall Damage Symptoms and Solutions

Has your seawall become unstable over time? When supporting soil on the landward side begins to erode, your once-reliable waterfront barrier may begin to show indications of dysfunction and distress. Watch for these signs of seawall failure:

  • Soil Depressions Near the Seawall
  • Rust Stains on the Surface
  • Movement or Shifting of the Seawall
  • Cracks in the Concrete

Fortunately, supporting soil can be stabilized, cracks and leaks can be sealed, and the damage repaired in most cases. Seawall Repair Network® contractors trained in proprietary stabilization and preservation methods are standing by to provide you with a free estimate for a professional intervention!

Watch the Dysfunctional Seawall four-part mini-series below!

Don’t Let Your Property Sink Into Chaos

Your Seawall May Need an Intervention

SW-RP1 Is The Answer

Restoring Stability

Water is Relentless!

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Water is relentless. This is a key fact that all waterfront property owners should thoroughly understand. The price of enjoying an oceanfront, riverfront, or lakeside view from the comfort of your own home is the inherent risk that comes with living right next to a large body of water.

Four Critical Warning Signs of Seawall Failure

If your residence is protected by a seawall, you should familiarize yourself with the four critical warning signs of seawall failure:

  1. Soil Depressions Near the Seawall
  2. Rust Stains on the Surface
  3. Movement or Shifting of the Seawall
  4. Cracks in the Concrete

Excessive rainwater or floodwater build-up on the landward side of the wall (usually resulting from an inadequate or clogged weep hole system within the wall itself) will put untenable hydrostatic pressure on the structure. This pressure can cause parts of the wall to move and/or crack. Once the concrete is broken, landward side water will pull soil from your property through the wall and into the water on the other side, causing depressions or small sinkholes near the structure. In addition, steel rebar or mesh inside the wall is exposed to rust, resulting in rust stains appearing on the surface.

Four Options for Dealing with Seawall Damage

Once aware of these problems, you’re faced with four options:

  1. Ignore the Problem and Do Nothing
    (If you go this route, the problem gets worse – and more expensive to repair – over time.)
  2. Replace the Seawall
    (This option is typically a lot more expensive than a repair, requires heavy equipment, and involves messy disruptive excavation.)
  3. Repair with Inferior Methods
    (Inferior repair materials such as hydraulic cement, slurry, and sodium silicate do not provide a permanent, long-term solution.)
  4. Repair with proven Seawall Repair Network® methods.
    (More on this in the next section.)

You can read more about these four options on the Seawall & Bulkhead Replacement vs Repair page. Needless to say, any of the four critical warning signs should warrant a checkup from a qualified seawall repair contractor. Most contractors offer free professional assessments and repair estimates.

Fortunately, there are many effective methods at your disposal in the battle against water’s relentless onslaught. Seawall Repair Network® preferred marine contractors provide two major types of repair – seawall stabilization and seawall preservation.

Seawall Stabilization

Stabilizing a cracked or shifting seawall is accomplished via these four methods:

  1. Stabilizing Soil and Sealing Leaks with SW-RP1
    (SW-RP1 repair material is stronger than crystalline bedrock and safe for the environment.)
  2. Installing a Hydrostatic Pressure Control System
    (Creation of pressure release channels with filters that allow water to move back and forth, maintaining an equilibrium of hydrostatic pressure. These filters also prevent soil migration and void formation on the landward side.)
  3. Repairing Cracks in Seawall Caps
    (Repairing the seawall caps with high-strength epoxy.)
  4. Installing a Seawall Anchoring System – If Necessary
    (When needed, steel tie-backs are installed to prevent future movement of the seawall.)

You can learn more about these methods on the Seawall Stabilization page.

Seawall Preservation

Treating the concrete with preservation solutions provides additional long-term protection. Preservation is accomplished via these three methods:

  1. Inhibiting Corrosion with SW-Prevent
    (SW-Prevent creates an insulating layer on the surface of any steel rebar or mesh inside the wall.)
  2. Strengthening Surface Concrete with SW-Power
    (SW-Power renders concrete surfaces resistant to air or water-born chemical damage.)
  3. Protecting  Surface Concrete with SW-Protect
    (SW-Protect inhibits water penetration.)

You can learn more about these methods on the Seawall Preservation page.

Water is Relentless – But YOU Can Be Too!

There is no reason to be intimidated by water’s relentless onslaught. All you have to do is memorize the four critical warning signs, and then enlist a qualified seawall repair contractor when needed. With the proper stabilization and preservation support, your seawall can safely protect that beautiful waterfront view for generations to come.

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Seawall Repair Products

Body - Seawall Repair ProductsIn most cases, seawall repair is NOT a DIY project. It’s important to find a qualified seawall repair specialist instead of a general contractor. In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of Seawall Repair Network® repair products when installed by our network of highly-trained preferred marine contractors.

SW-RP1: Seawall Repair Product for Sealing Leaks & Strengthening Soil

As mentioned in a previous blog post, What is SW-RP1? Why Do You Need It for Seawall & Bulkhead Repair? “The hallmark of 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. 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.

SW-RP6: Seawall Repair Product for Stabilizing Surrounding Soil

In the blog article SW-RP6: Soil Stabilization for Seawall Repair we explain that “SW-RP6 is ideal for stabilizing soil around ancillary structures during the seawall repair process. This comes into play with buildings, parking garages, roadways, and other infrastructure in close proximity to seawalls with soil loss and settlement. In cases like this, the Seawall Repair Network® contractor essentially creates chemical grout columns to provide stability. SW-RP6 is phthalate-free and NSF certified to NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 (approved for contact with drinking water).”

Seawall Repair Products for Concrete Preservation

From Seawall & Bulkhead Concrete Preservation: “Concrete is chemically formed through a process known as hydration/curing. Concrete deteriorates chemically under the influence of soil, water, and air-born contaminants, weathering action, and corrosion of the embedded steel reinforcement. Seawall Repair Network® offers a complete solution to prevent, restore, and protect steel-reinforced concrete by modifying its chemical and physical properties.” Click here for more information on  Seawall Preservation products.

Hire a Qualified Seawall Repair Contractor

As outlined in the blog post What to Look for in a Seawall or Bulkhead Repair Contractor, “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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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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