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Saturday, 13 August 2016 05:55

Safeguarding Against Three Common Failures

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Blowout Failure

This happens when: A load is added within 3 feet of the top of the wall. The wall then leans out at the top and eventually tips over.

What to do: Plan your landscape with a Seattle Rockeries architect or engineer if a car or pool will be placed near the wall. Our retaining wall designs will include a strengthened footer and increased number of tiebacks or deadmen to add strength.

Wet-Soil Failure

What happens: Soil behind the wall gets saturated with rain and storm water, causing hydrostatic water pressure and weight to topple the wall.

What to do: Seattle Rockeries builds our retaining walls with gravel drainage and waterways to route exess rain and storm water to protect from oversaturating the soil behind the retaining wall.

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Seattle Rockeries creates hardscapes and landscapes using stones, boulders and concrete structures.

Hardscaping creates structures that can be used on slopes and hills to prevent erosion and create water barriers or drainage.