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Olympia Retaining Wall & Seawall Repair

Retaining wall and seawall repair for properties in Washington’s state capital, Olympia, on the Budd Inlet and throughout the Puget Sound. Repair involves fixing or reinforcing walls that retain soil or water, typically due to erosion or structural damage.

Damaged or Leaning Retaining Wall Repair & Stabilization in Olympia

The lateral pressures of soil can damage your retaining wall, no matter how strong it is. You might see your walls tilting, separating from adjoining walls, buckling or cracking in certain spots.

There are numerous reasons why a retaining wall may need to be repaired or replaced – including its age, the materials used to originally construct the wall, poor installation or design for the initial build, stress factors around the area, and drainage. In order to make sure your time and money are properly invested, it’s important to find an experienced contractor in Thurston County to replace or repair your retaining wall.  This will ensure you avoid issues of failing and collapsing walls, as the soil produces pressure on it.

Signs Your Retaining Wall Needs Repair:

  • Bowed and leaning walls
  • Separation of part of the wall from the main structure
  • Cracks in the retaining walls especially if they are large or numerous

Our Seattle Retaining Wall Repair Solutions:

  • Wall Tie-back System
  • Wall Anchoring Systems
  • Carbon Fiber Composite Strengthening Systems

Carbon Fiber Retaining Wall Solutions in Olympia

Carbon fiber reinforcement can be a very effective means to reinforce, stabilize, and repair damaged or deteriorated retaining walls for homes and businesses in Olympia, Washington. In order to effectively stop movement in a retaining wall, “restraint” has to be provided. For instance, if a wall is tipping and carbon fiber straps are added, the wall could still continue to tip but would do so as one reinforced section. If tiebacks or other means of securing the top of the wall are provided, then the carbon fiber will resist any movement between the tiebacks and the backfill restraining the base of the wall.

Since the carbon fiber is ultra thin at less than 1/8″ thick, the overall finished appearance can have a very low aesthetic impact once the wall is coated or painted. Specialty exterior paints provide sufficient concealment of the carbon fiber, however some clients may prefer to parge coat the wall for a complete uniform appearance that blends in with the existing concrete finishes.

If you have noticed signs of cracking or structural damage on your retaining wall, contact our Olympia foundation repair team today for a free, no-obligation assessment for your retaining wall repair!

The structural integrity of your seawall is critical to the preservation of your shoreline in Washington properties. Our aim is to inspect your seawall to determine if repairs are necessary and look for signs of structural deterioration. During our inspection, our Olympia structural design specialists are trained to look for cracks, corrosion, rotation, upland settlement, and soil loss. While some hairline cracks caused by seasonal temperature and environmental fluctuations are common and not a cause for concern, cracks that are deep and wide indicate a possible problem.

Stabilize retaining walls and seawalls near the Puget Sound or on the coast with Steel Channel C Tie Back stabilization.

Tie backs

High-risk areas of your Seattle property seawall can be strengthened using Carbon Fiber, Steel C Channel, and heavy-duty steel tie-backs. Our steel tie-backs firmly anchor the seawall to load-bearing soil and prevent the wall from tipping or leaning.

Tie Back system for seawall stabilization for foundation repair services in the Puget Sound, Washington state.

The Puget Sound saltwater marine environment is an extremely corrosive one thanks to the effects of salt water. Due to this factor, composite materials such as carbon fiber are a great fit for maritime applications because of their natural corrosion resistance vs alternative strengthening materials such as steel.

To protect the carbon fiber and address the environmental factors in the water, such as logging debris from winter storms, a hybrid Epoxy/Kevlar marine coating should be applied to the entire seawall, providing a uniform finish while protecting the carbon fiber straps. This is just one example of the innovative repair solutions R&R has developed for the preservation of seawalls and concrete infrastructure along the inlet and coastal waters of Thurston County, including Olympia and the Greater Seattle Area, and throughout Washington State.

R&R Foundation Specialist provide retaining wall stabilization with expert strengthening equipment and tie-back systems.

Signs of seawall damage that should be inspected by a Olympia foundation repair professional:

  • Large structural cracks in the wall or cap
  • Severe erosion behind the seawall
  • Seawall is leaning
  • Seawall is bowing or bulging in the middle
  • Deteriorating or leaning sections of the wall
  • Exposed and corroded rebar

These could all be signs that structural damage is most likely present and your seawall is in need of repair. Get in touch with us today to schedule your no obligation free estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are seawall repairs needed in Olympia?

Typically, because of age and erosion, and just like much of the concrete along the coastal waters of the Puget Sound and bodies of water surrounding Olympia, such as Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake, most traditional construction materials eventually fail.

Are cracks in my seawall a cause for concern?

Since seawalls are built on the shorelines of our coastal waterways, beaches, and lakes, such as Capitol Lake, Budd Inlet, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, the potential for foundation shifting is greater – this factor makes cracks in the cement cap or face of a seawall a much more serious matter. Winter storms put pressure on seawall construction no matter if you’re in the Puget Sound in Olympia or located throughout Western Washington near an area lake or river. Storms accelerate erosion just by moving water back and forth at the base of the seawall, stealing material from under it, just as it decimates the sand on local beaches.

What does it mean if I notice signs of leaning in my seawall?

In most cases this either means that your wall tiebacks have failed (often due to corrosion) or that your seawall is eroding at its foundation. It’s another sign that you need work done – and quickly. Call our team of Olympia-based retaining wall repair experts today.

What can be done if my seawall is bowing or leaning?

To prevent the wall from leaning further toward the water, R&R installs heavy duty helical wall anchors and tiebacks that are buried in stable soils and affixed to the face of your seawall to prevent further movement.

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