Signs 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.