Here we answer your FAQ about Retaining Walls.
1. Why do I need a Retaining Wall?
The why: You may need a retaining wall to minimze erosion on a hillside in your back yard. Not having control of your hillside can cause all kinds of problems for your house most importanly the foundataion.
2. Does my Retaining Wall need drainage?
3. Why do Retaining Wall’s fail?
This is the most FAQ about retaining walls. A lot of it has to do with improper drainage. Without proper drainage hydrostatic pressure builds up which will compromise the wall. Other things includes improper footing , wrong wall height , backfill not correctly compacted . This happens a lot with wood retaining walls.
4. Does my Retaining Wall need a permit?
Rule of thumb if ts over 3 feet yes. Check with your local business department. Some places may included the footing as part of the 3 feet.
5.What kind of Retaining Wall can I have?
The most important part of any retaining wall is that it offer both function, beauty and built to last. . That means correct size footing, proper drainage and proper height. As far as the final look that’s up to you. Check out the diffrent finshes of retaining walls we built over the years .
6. How important is the footing for my retaining wall?
The footing is the most important part of any retaining wall. It should be design to prevent any settling especially in area’s with bad soil. A structural engineer will provide rebar details to support the footing and wall. We have done some concrete footings as wide as seven feet wide by two feet thick.
Who is All Access?
From concrete to retaining walls, modern landscape to pavers. All Access the Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected hardscape and landscape contractors. Contact us for your next project by making an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400