When planned and constructed properly, walls we use in landscaping typically to retain material can last a very long time. However, by their definition and purpose, they are exposed to erosion and weather, so occasionally they need to be tended to. Common question centers around dilemma whether fixing it or building a new wall is better solution. The actual answer will depend on individual situation, the extent of deterioration and the budget available for this work. Just like with a brand new construction, ensure you take safety precautions before commencing the work, it is best to hire a professional.
- Weepholes release water to lighten the load, and without them, a wall is likely to fail.
- Fix a retaining wall if it can sustain the repair, although sometimes this can be too expensive.
- You probably should not remove a retaining wall unless you have another plan to stabilize the slope.
“It may sound counterintuitive, but fixing a retaining wall is not always the cheapest option.”