Three Seawall Maintenance Tips

1 August 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

A seawall can be vital for protecting waterfront properties against excessive erosion. However, it is a reality that these walls are under tremendous stress, and as a result, they can experience a number of issues over the course of time. To help you keep your seawall safe from some routine issues, you may want to consider following these three maintenance tips.

Improve Drainage Around The Seawall

Poor drainage can be a serious threat to seawalls. This problem can cause moisture to pool on the side of the seawall that faces the land. This area of the seawall can be prone to develop cracks and other issues from excessive moisture exposure as it is not as thoroughly waterproofed as the side that faces the water. Additionally, poor drainage can contribute to erosion, which can weaken the support of the seawall. To avoid these issues, you should install French drains and gutters that will allow moisture to drain through or over the seawall.  

Have Any Cracks Repaired As Quickly As Possible

Over the course of time, it is possible for cracks to start to form on the side of the seawall that faces the water. Unfortunately, these cracks will likely worsen as time passes, and they can eventually grow severe enough to cause the seawall to collapse.

Due to the threat that this can pose to your seawall, you should regularly inspect it for signs of developing cracks. When this type of damage is discovered, you should immediately contact a seawall repair professional from a company like Abbott's Construction Services Inc. to address the issue. If you have the cracks repaired when they are still relatively new, it may be possible to simply seal them with a waterproof filler. However, if the damage is allowed to progress, it may eventually be necessary to replace the entire wall or to resurface it.

Install A Root Guard Around The Seawall

Roots can also be a major threat to seawalls. When roots come into contact with the concrete of the seawall, they may start to grow into the pores of the concrete. This will increase the pressure on the concrete, which can also be a source of cracking. Fortunately, you can help to avoid this problem by installing a root guard. These guards are often made of a layer of plastic that will be impermeable to roots. While installing this type of device will require excavating some of your property, this can be a minor inconvenience for avoiding the need to pay to have root damage repaired.