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Why Are Retaining Walls Essential for Drainage Problems?

Why Retaining Walls Solve Drainage ProblemsIs your home or commercial property a flooded, wet mess after a heavy rain or melting snow and ice? Drainage problems aren’t just inconvenient; they’re potentially damaging to your property.

Fortunately, there’s a solution for dealing with hills and slopes that cause soggy soil, washed away landscaping, pits in sidewalks and driveways, and even foundation damage. Remake your property’s functionality with R&M Concrete’s gorgeous, well-designed concrete retaining walls.

Signs You Need a Retaining Wall to Help with Drainage

It’s not hard to spot issues that occur because water isn’t properly being cleared away from your home and land. You’ll notice drainage problem signs like these:

  • Eroding soil that won’t stay in place, especially after a hard rain
  • Puddling and icy patches that appear again and again in the same spot, especially close to the home’s foundation or areas where the moisture and ice causes slips and falls
  • Flooding, even when it hasn’t rained that hard—leading to smelly mildew, mold, teeming mosquitoes and other unappealing problems
  • Landscaping woes, such as plants uprooted by wind and rain, mudslides that make decks and porches a mess, and similar problems

How Retaining Walls Protect Your Property

Installing concrete retaining walls can help ensure that your landscaping and outdoor spaces perform as they should, without the annoying hassles or costly damage caused by drainage problems. Retaining walls perform the following functions:

Limit Soil Erosion

Changes in weather can have a dramatic impact on your property’s soil. Excess rain, as well as melting snow and ice must have someplace to go. If the runoff is heavy and isn’t directed properly, it may drag soil away with it.

Soil erosion makes it more likely that bushes and trees will fail instead of thriving. It also puts landscaping at risk of collapsing into spaces like your beautiful porch or driveway, leaving you with costly and frustrating cleanups to deal with.

Prevent Flooding

When water runs into a low spot in your property and can’t drain away, you end up with large puddles and flooded sections to deal with. This can happen because your home has uneven areas that lack proper drains.

But it can also be the result of owning a home at the bottom of a hill, next to adjoining properties that lack retaining walls—leaving you dealing with a mess. So whether your property is hilly or not, you may still want a protective wall and drainage system to help deal with unwelcome runoff from neighboring properties.

Safeguard Home Foundation

Freeze-thaw cycles and rain-drought cycles cause soil to expand and contract. This constant back-and-forth is hard on a home’s foundation, putting your house at risk of structural damage. Improper drainage makes the problem worse, because it tends to lead to puddling around the home foundation, which can cause leaks and moisture problems in crawl spaces.

Installation of retaining walls can guide annoying moisture away from your home, helping you avoid the costly repairs that result when your foundation gets damaged.

Keep Landscaping in Place

Improper water drainage, as well as a lack of protection against strong winds, can wreak havoc on your carefully orchestrated gardens and flower beds. As plants get uprooted by the elements, they lose their lush appearance, making your landscaping look unattractive. You might end up spending more money more often on new plants to replace the old ones.

Retaining walls, when properly placed, can prevent plant roots from being pulled up, and help prevent soil from washing away. Your flower beds will last longer and look better.

Retaining Walls Also Make Your Property More Usable

Concrete walls can be designed to do more than aid with proper drainage. You can also use them strategically to create:

1. Attractive architectural features

With stamped concrete, retaining walls can be tinted the color of your choice and imbued with decorative designs that create eye-catching curb appeal.

2. Better use of the property

Highly sloped portions of your property, if left as is, can be almost impossible to use. But with the installation of retaining walls, those spaces can retain lush grass and bushes, or even be turned into spaces for outdoor seating.

3. Lovely terraced gardens

A series of retaining walls installed at various points along a hill can help you create level spaces for growing flowers. Add decorative concrete features, and your once frustrating sloped property can be transformed into a gorgeous feature that neighbors and guests admire.

The Advantages of Choosing Concrete for Your Retaining Walls

When you’re ready to install retaining walls to eliminate drainage issues, consider how concrete can provide great benefits to you. Concrete is:

  • Strong and long-lasting
  • Easy to care for
  • Customizable with colors, decorations and creative designs
  • Cost-effective because once they’re installed, they rarely need costly repairs

Transform Your Property with Beautiful Concrete Retaining Walls

There’s no need to settle for unusable areas of your property. If proper drainage has been a concern for you, you’ll love the advantages retaining walls can provide.

Discover how concrete retaining walls installed by our experienced team at R&M Concrete can transform problem spots into gorgeous, valuable areas of your property.