As a real estate agent selling waterfront properties, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of seawalls and signs of potential problems. This knowledge will help you assist the property owner in upgrading the property for sale. In this article, we will discuss the four critical warning signs of structural decay in waterfront barriers.
Erosion and Depressions in the Ground
Keep an eye out for soil depressions near the property’s waterfront area. These depressions occur when soil erodes or is lost near the structure, indicating potential water seepage through or underneath the barriers. This seepage moves from the landward side, through the wall, and into the water – taking soil with it. The loss of supporting soil weakens the structure over time.
Presence of Rust Stains on Surfaces
Rust stains on the surface can be a clear indication of corroded reinforcement bars (rebar) inside the concrete structure. When rebar corrodes, it expands, causing cracks and destabilizing the overall structure.
Movement or Shifting of the Structure
Changes in hydrostatic pressure or the absence of adequate support from the surrounding soil can lead to some movement or shifting of sections of the seawall over time. These shifts can compromise the overall integrity of the structure, potentially putting the property at risk.
Cracks in the Concrete
Cracks in the concrete should never be ignored, as they can be caused by various factors such as spalling due to rebar corrosion or movement resulting from hydrostatic pressure and unstable soil. These cracks are visual indicators of potential weaknesses and should be addressed promptly to avoid further damage.
Upgrade the Seawall, Upgrade the Property
When seawalls show signs of deterioration, it puts the entire property at risk. As a real estate agent, you can offer your clients a comprehensive solution to address these concerns effectively.
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- Contact an Expert
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- Get a Detailed Repair Plan
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- Relax While We Save Your Client’s Seawall
Get back to your other priorities while we repair the seawall.
With our team at work, you can focus on your other priorities while we take care of the repair process, ensuring the seawall is restored to optimal condition. Let us handle the repair process, allowing you to focus on what you do best – assisting your clients with their real estate needs.