One of the worst things that can happen to your home is to have a flood either in your basement or in the first story of the house. This can be caused by a number of things, but, if your property is located on a hillside or if it has a slope in the backyard this can happen quite often when it rains. Water will run down the slope of the property and eventually reach your home and get into it. This can cause a lot of damage to both the interior items you have and the foundation of the home. Over time, water will cause the foundation to begin to crack and crumble. A new foundation is an expense that most homeowners will not be planning for.
When To Have A Retaining Wall Installed
If you find that with every rain storm, your basement or ground floor is getting water into it, you will need to see if there is an upgrade in the land surrounding your home. Contact a retaining wall construction company and have them go over the land and see if you will need to have a retaining wall put in. If this is the case, they will give you an estimate on how much it will cost and how long it will take to install. Have a number of companies give you estimates so that you know you are getting the best deal.
How A Retaining Wall Is Installed
When the company begins the work, they will first find the best area on the slope where a wall should go. They will excavate some of the land at that spot, making it level so that the wall will stand firm. Once this has been completed, they will begin to put the wall in. Depending on what you have chosen to put in, it will either be one solid wall made from concrete or tiles that are placed in a pattern and then mortared together. They will construct it in a way that the water that flows down the slope will go around the wall and away from your home.
Completion Of The Work
After they have finished installing the wall, they will revisit your home during and after a rain in order to make sure that all of the water is being diverted from your house. They will do this several times in order to verify that it is working properly. If there are any spots that water is leaking through, they will make the necessary repairs to it.
Having a retaining wall put in can be quite expensive but the savings you will have over having to put in a new foundation is quite substantial. Professional retaining wall installers will guarantee their work for a number of years and will make any repairs that are needed during this time. A retaining wall can last a very long time and you should not have to replace it. Check with your contractor to see if you will need to have this done.