Foundation Repair in IN and KY, including Evansville, Vincennes & Washington.

Retaining Wall Repair in Indiana and Kentucky

a retaining wall installed in Washington

This old retaining wall was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy.

Retaining walls are common along roadways, parking lots, and bodies of water. Basement walls are also a type of retaining wall -- and similar repair options are available for both.

The Problem:

Your retaining wall is showing signs of failure.

What is a Retaining Wall?

Retaining walls serve to retain the lateral pressure of soil. More simply, retaining walls are used to hold back soil and substrate from moving due to the effects of gravity and erosion. Retaining walls are typically designed out of concrete, stone, wood (including railroad ties), vinyl, masonry, steel, or brick.

Telltale Signs:

How to Fix It:

We install either a wall anchor system or helical tieback system along the retaining wall to reinforce the structure.

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Identifying Retaining Wall Failure

Signs of a failing retaining wall are usually easy to identify, as shown in the different examples below. The important thing to know is that these symptoms will become increasingly worse over time. Unless proper repairs are made, the wall will eventually fail completely.

Signs Of A Failing Retaining Wall

Most often, a retaining wall will show signs of failure in one of three ways:

a failing retaining wall around a driveway in Evansville

Collapsing/Tilting Retaining Walls

Soil issues and/or poor construction are often the culprits for retaining walls that are tilting. This can happen if the footing toe is too small or if the wall wasn't properly reinforced. Railroad tie retaining walls can begin to collapse due to wood rot or deterioration.

Most retaining walls require drainage "weeps". If water accumulates behind the wall, this additional weight can cause clay soils to expand, leading to cracks and tilting.

A retaining wall separating from the adjoining walls in Elberfeld

Retaining Walls Separating From Adjacent Walls

Like collapsing/tilting retaining walls, walls that are separating from adjacent walls are often caused by poor quality construction.

A separating retaining wall may have not been designed to withstand the weight that actually bears on the wall. Poor drainage and inadequate reinforcement or connection to the adjacent wall are other possible causes. In unusual cases, expansive soils may also cause a retaining wall to separate from an adjoining wall.

A collapsing, crumbling retaining wall in Union Star

Crumbling/Failing Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can crumble for a wide variety of reasons, most related to improper design of the walls itself.

Often, the wall was not designed to bear the weight load behind it. In the case of concrete retaining walls, the issue may be inadequate, weak, or poorly mixed concrete.

Concrete retaining walls may also have been designed with inadequate steel rebar, resulting in insufficient strength.

Repairing Retaining Walls

A diagram of a foundation wall anchor system installation.
A graphic depiction of a helical wall anchor system installation.

(Above) A wall anchor system relies on the fixed position of an earth anchor and clamping pressure from an anchor rod.

(Below) A helical anchor system utilizes helix-shaped plates welded to the anchor shaft to pull the anchor deep into the soil.

To repair retaining walls, we at Healthy Spaces typically recommend either wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore structural integrity.

Both wall repair techniques use a strong steel wall bracket on the exterior of the retaining wall to brace the wall distribute the anchor's clamping pressure.

With both wall anchors and helical tiebacks, your foundation repair contractor will also attempt to return the wall to its original position, restoring its appearance and structural integrity.

Wall anchors accomplish this by driving an anchor rod through 1" holes driven into the retaining wall. These rods are connected to earth anchors that are placed within augured holes within the soil beyond the retaining wall.

Once assembled, the wall plate is installed, and the rod assembly is tightened. This can potentially straighten the wall and return it to its original position.

Helical anchors are installed from the exposed face of the retaining wall, through a hole cut in the wall. The anchor's helical blades help to pull it deep into the soil and anchor it there. After closing the hole in the retaining wall, a wall plate is installed and a nut is tightened over the protruding threaded rod to brace the wall.

Wall anchors are generally the more economical solution to repairing a retaining wall. However, in some cases, wall anchor installation is not a possibility, and helical anchor installation must be considered.

This includes situations where rocky soil is an issue, or when space restrictions make auguring a hole beyond the retaining wall an impractical solution. Your foundation repair specialist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for you.

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What NOT To Do

Like other solutions for structural issues, you will encounter many options for repairing your retaining wall. Here are two "fixes" that we at Healthy Spaces do NOT recommend:

Rusted wall plate anchors in a retaining wall repair in Stephensport.

Our wall anchor systems are designed with galvanized steel to help protect from rust and corrosion. We include a 25-year manufacturer's warranty with each installation, as well as our own in-house installation warranty.

Removing & Rebuilding The Retaining Wall:

Unless the retaining wall is showing extensive deterioration, removing the walls and rebuilding them should not be a necessary step.

Removing and rebuilding a retaining wall is an expensive, time-consuming process typically involves heavy equipment, major excavation, extra labor, and the loss of valuable landscaping features.

Poor Quality Wall Anchors:

Retaining wall anchors are exposed to the elements -- both in the soil and on the wall plates themselves.

If these anchors are poorly made or not treated to resist corrosion, they will quickly look old and unsightly. This will lower the property value possibly lead to early failure of the wall anchor system.

We recommend installing wall anchors made with galvanized steel -- with a written warranty that stands by the product for decades to come.

We Repair Retaining Walls In IN and KY!

At Healthy Spaces, we provide warranted solutions for retaining wall repair throughout Indiana and Kentucky. For homeowners interested in learning more about their unique problem, we offer free, written retaining wall repair quotes at no obligation. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call or e-mail us today!

We proudly serve Indiana and Kentucky areas such as Owensboro, Jasper, Bedford, New Albany, New Palestine, Huntingburg, Henderson, Tell City, Vincennes, Princeton, Oakland City, Petersburg, Santa Claus, Rockport and nearby.

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Serving IN and KY including the Greater Evansville area
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Cities in Crawford County, IN
Eckerty
English
Grantsburg
Leavenworth
Marengo
Milltown
Sulphur
Taswell

Cities in Dubois County, IN
Birdseye
Celestine
Dubois
Ferdinand
Holland
Huntingburg
Jasper
Saint Anthony
Schnellville

Cities in Gibson County, IN
Buckskin
Fort Branch
Francisco
Haubstadt
Hazleton
Oakland City
Owensville
Patoka
Princeton

Cities in Harrison County, IN
Central
Depauw
Laconia
Mauckport
Ramsey

Cities in Knox County, IN
Decker
Monroe City
Vincennes

Cities in Perry County, IN
Branchville
Bristow
Cannelton
Derby
Leopold
Rome
Saint Croix
Tell City

Cities in Pike County, IN
Otwell
Petersburg
Stendal
Velpen
Winslow

Cities in Posey County, IN
Cynthiana
Mount Vernon
New Harmony
Poseyville
Wadesville

Cities in Spencer County, IN
Chrisney
Dale
Evanston
Gentryville
Grandview
Lamar
Lincoln City
Mariah Hill
Richland
Rockport
Saint Meinrad
Santa Claus
Troy

Cities in Vanderburgh County, IN
Evansville

Cities in Warrick County, IN
Boonville
Chandler
Elberfeld
Lynnville
Newburgh
Tennyson

Cities in Breckinridge County, KY
Cloverport
Hardinsburg
Harned
Irvington
Stephensport
Union Star
Webster

Cities in Bullitt County, KY
Lebanon Junction
Shepherdsville

Cities in Caldwell County, KY
Fredonia

Cities in Crittenden County, KY
Crayne
Dycusburg
Marion
Tolu

Cities in Daviess County, KY
Curdsville
Maceo
Maple Mount
Owensboro
Philpot
Utica
West Louisville
Whitesville

Cities in Grayson County, KY
Big Clifty
Caneyville
Clarkson
Falls Of Rough
Leitchfield
Millwood

Cities in Hancock County, KY
Hawesville
Lewisport

Cities in Hardin County, KY
Fort Knox
Radcliff
Vine Grove
West Point

Cities in Henderson County, KY
Baskett
Corydon
Henderson
Reed
Robards
Smith Mills
Spottsville

Cities in Hopkins County, KY
Dawson Springs
Earlington
Hanson
Madisonville
Manitou
Mortons Gap
Nebo
Nortonville
Saint Charles
White Plains

Cities in Livingston County, KY
Burna
Hampton
Salem
Smithland
Tiline

Cities in Mclean County, KY
Beech Grove
Calhoun
Island
Livermore
Rumsey
Sacramento

Cities in Meade County, KY
Battletown
Brandenburg
Ekron
Guston
Muldraugh
Payneville
Rhodelia

Cities in Muhlenberg County, KY
Bremen
Central City
Graham

Cities in Nelson County, KY
Boston

Cities in Ohio County, KY
Centertown
Fordsville
Hartford
Reynolds Station

Cities in Union County, KY
Morganfield
Sturgis
Sullivan
Uniontown
Waverly

Cities in Webster County, KY
Clay
Dixon
Poole
Providence
Sebree
Slaughters
Wheatcroft

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