Retaining walls prevent erosion by holding soil in place and controlling water flow. The look, size, and material used can vary based on preference and need. The strongly constructed wall can last decades if done correctly. It is also a feature that can add curb appeal and increase home value. Here are eight signs of a property that would benefit from a retaining wall.
1. Lawn Has Slope
Severely sloping lawns experience uncontrolled water runoff, but a moderate slope can also make a yard vulnerable. If the highest point of the yard is excessively dry and the lower portion is too wet after any rain, consider the value of installing a retaining wall.
2. Septic Tank Unprotected
Septic tank flooding and sewer backups could begin if the soil surrounding the tank collects too much water runoff. An overflowing leach field can cause the surface to become muddy and potentially have an unpleasant odor. The homeowner may discover they need to have their tanks pumped more frequently than expected to avoid these concerns. Diversion from a retaining wall stops water from saturating the ground and filling the tank.
3. Water is Collecting
Water collecting around a foundation can cause soil erosion around the house, damage the foundation, and allow water to enter the basement. If puddles form in the soil around the home or it is wet after the surrounding area dries, a retaining wall may help.
4. Sanctuary Space Desired
Open landscapes can look beautiful but do not offer the privacy a homeowner desires. The many materials and designs available for retaining walls make it possible to create tiers or enclosed areas that provide more privacy. Create a secret garden or use the walls to surround an outdoor dining or entertainment area.
5. Erosion Becomes Noticeable
Erosion control is the most frequent reason homeowners install retaining walls. Signs of erosion can include cracks in the soil, a muddy lawn, exposed tree roots, and stagnant water in the yard. Thin topsoil, patchy grass, and soil buildup along fences or existing walls also signal erosion.
6. Wall Has Damage
Always consider repairing or replacing an existing retaining wall. Property drainage issues do not correct themselves. Unless fill or other leveling services are adapted to the landscape to prevent runoff and erosion concerns, the need for the wall continues. A damaged retaining wall will not offer the protection needed.
7. Rainwater Diversion Nonexistent
Rainwater runoff can cause additional problems beyond erosion. Too much water around buildings can cause mold growth and decay in the structure. Excessive moisture can make entertainment areas unusable and the ground too wet for gardening. Standing water in the yard can also become a breeding ground for mosquitos. The diversion of rainwater can prevent these issues.
8. Outside Seating Needed
Building a low retaining wall around entertaining areas, like a patio, can provide additional seating, walls for raised bed gardens, and more. In addition to doing what is best for the yard, the wall can increase the usefulness of any yard, especially properties with limited square footage.
Retaining walls can improve the yard’s appearance and make it safer and more functional. The homeowner will receive a return on value that is much higher than the cost of its construction. Retaining walls can last many years and are typically constructed of earth-friendly materials that blend flawlessly into the landscape.