Is A Retaining Wall Necessary ?

Retaining walls are not just there to enhance your yards’ scenery, they are actually very practical and serve multiple purposes.

There are different ways of building a retaining wall, and how you build it is dependent on the problem you are trying to solve or avoid.

Who Needs A Retaining Wall

Generally a professional will advise you on whether you need a retaining wall or not, but you can be on the lookout for certain signs which might warrant a need for a retaining wall.

Downhill Erosion

Soil erosion due to a sloping surface is a widespread problem because of Southern California’s mountainous nature. The steeper the slope, the greater the soil erosion potential that winds or heavy rains might cause. A retaining wall is usually the perfect solution in leveling a steep slope.

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Your House is Next to A Sliding Hill

A sliding hill next to a house is not only unsightly but is also very dangerous. In Some cases, houses end up getting damaged or slide downhill. A perfectly installed retaining wall will be able to withstand and prevent the sliding hill from causing any damage to your property.

Water Runoff

A perfectly installed retaining wall will be able to slow the flow of rainwater therefore naturally aiding the watering process. A retaining wall will not only aid in the growth of your plants but it’s also good for curb appeal.

Lacking Usable Land

One of the biggest disadvantages of houses that are built on slopes is that they lack usable land, land which can accommodate gardening, patios, terraces or swimming pools. A retaining wall flattens surfaces and also prevents the overflow of dirt or other objects into the swimming pool or on patios and terraces.

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Contact A Retaining Wall Contractor

If you notice any of the aforementioned signs on your property, don’t hesitate to contact a professional retaining wall contractor. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free* retaining wall inspection.