Seawall & Bulkhead Replacement vs Repair

Seawall Before Failure

Before Failure – Warning Signs Ignored
Property owners should immediately take action once indications of soil instability behind the seawall become apparent.  In the example above, the cracks in the concrete slab behind the seawall indicate unstable soil.  Unfortunatley, this property owner ignored the problem.

Seawall After Owner Passed on Repair

After Failure – Catastrophic Property Damage
This devastating event was completely avoidable.  The backfill soil behind the seawall that held the house in place had leaked through into the lake on the other side.  The homeowner decided to delay repair, and three weeks later the wall, pation and back of the house collapsed into the lake.


You Have Four Options

Ignore the Seawall Problem

Option 1 – Ignore the Problem and Do Nothing

Burying your head in the sand is the most dangerous option. Scroll up and look at the top of this page again for a quick reminder. The problem will grow and the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair.

Seawall Repair vs Replacement - Seawall replacement / bulkhead replacement vs repair methods

Option 2 – Replace the Seawall

Does heavy equipment tearing up your property sound like fun? Replacing a seawall can require the removal of nearby boardwalks, boat lifts, and other nearby structures. This can be messy, time consuming and expensive!


Option 3 – Repair with Inferior Methods

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.

Bulkhead Repair vs Replacement

Option 4 – Seawall Repair Network®‘s Advanced Proprietary Technology

SW-RP1 seawall repair material is stronger than crystalline bedrock. Proprietary pressure release technology, which automatically prevents devastating water pressure from building up behind your seawall. Seawall cap and panel repair with high-strength epoxy. This process restores stability and integrity to the structure. Advanced permanent anchoring systems when they are needed for additional structural support.

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