With proper maintenance a wood retaining seawall may last for a very long time. Five Dredge and Marine seawall maintenance may be necessary to replace pilings or other parts of the structure as they show signs of wear, and some back fill to replace normal erosion is likely. In the end, the longevity of the seawall will depend on the materials used in construction, the quality of work performed, and such factors as weather and tidal impacts. Five Dredge & Marine uses the highest quality materials.
Five Dredge and Marine said a retaining wall is constantly being bombarded by natural forces. Waves, winds, and tides can undermine the wall. Wind and rain can cause erosion behind the wall. In Florida, temperature fluctuations can have an effect as well, including warping wood and causing fasteners to pull out due to periodic expansion and contraction of the materials. At Five Dredge and Marine seawalls are well built to protect your property against severe storms, but a strong hurricane can have unpredictable effects.
Five Dredge & Marine recommends to give your seawall a cursory inspection at least once a year. To make inspection easier, take images of the seawall to compare against future inspections. This will be helpful in spotting bowing, which may happen very slowly over time. If there is any sign of erosion or bowing, or if repairs are needed, enlist a professional to provide a full inspection and estimate for repairs. To verify the integrity of the retaining wall, have it professionally inspected every 3 to 5 years.
What Type Of Damage Should I Look For?
Look for any type of rot, infestation, erosion, or damage. This includes observable problems, such as:
Five Dredge & Marine – Amount of damage present
Cost of seawall repair vs. replacement
Decision to use different materials
Plans to sell the property
Do I Need A Permit For Repairs?
All new construction has to be permitted, but some repairs can be made without permits. At the time of consultation, your chosen contractor will be able to explain the scope of work, offer you potential options, and any regulations which might have to be taken into consideration.
Five Dredge & Marine Erosion behind the seawall
Verifying that the cap is in good condition
Checking the pilings and retaining wall for wear and decay
Looking for missing pieces
Looking for bowing or tilting
Should I Repair Or Replace My Seawall?
Whether it’s time to repair or replace depends a on large number of factors. If there is enough damage to warrant making this choice, the best option is to consult a licensed contractor. Factors that could influence your decision are:
Is Wood The Best Option?
Not always. Wood is commonly used for canals and lakes, but may not the best option for coastal seawalls. Retaining seawalls can be constructed out of wood, concrete, steel, or composite materials. The best type of material will depend the location and factors such as:
How Should I Choose A Contractor?
The best advice is to look for a well-established contractor with a large portfolio of completed projects. Talk to friends, neighbors, and people in your homeowners association. Ask for a free consultation, and ask questions of the representative. Retaining seawalls are an investment, and your contractor should be one that you are comfortable working with.