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What are retaining walls?
Generally, retaining walls are rigid structures built to support soil laterally. They retain soil to a slope that wouldn’t naturally keep it in place, e.g., steep or vertical slopes. Since retaining walls serve a single purpose – to prevent soil from eroding – many individuals don’t consider them when building their structures, especially when they live on flat land.
However, retaining walls offer numerous benefits, including:
1. They add an attractive element
Retaining walls can be constructed using various materials such as wood, concrete, and bricks, depending on your style and taste. Additionally, you can tailor your retaining wall to fit into the rest of your landscaping aesthetic, improving the appearance of your yard.
A well-designed retaining wall can significantly add beauty and splendor to your yard.
2. Prevent soil erosion<
Retaining walls are highly effective in holding back unstable soil. Even if you live in a flat area, a retaining wall can prevent soil erosion during unexpected flash floods that carry soil away. They redirect surface flow, providing you with more useable space to plant flowers and shrubs.
3. Block off areas
Retaining walls can be used to create a barricade between you and your neighbors. For instance, instead of constructing a fence to mark your property, you can build a retaining wall to serve as a clear boundary for intruders and nosy passersby.
On the other hand, a retaining wall allows you to create enclosed outdoor living spaces and ensures you can separate your flower beds and landscaping areas from your fireplace and chilling spots.
Importance of retaining walls in geotechnical engineering
The ground and soil significantly impact the construction and design of retaining walls. For instance, soil type and moisture content can affect a retaining wall’s durability and integrity, impacting its longevity.
Here’s where geotechnical engineering comes in. Geological experts can carry out site investigations to identify the properties and sub-properties of the ground below to ensure safe and secure construction with geotechnical engineering.
A site investigation usually is crucial before the commencement of design and construction to provide contractors with:
• Recommendations on favorable and unfavorable construction locations
• Potential site risks
• Economical and safe design
The only way to identify the characteristics of soil and groundwater conditions on your site location is to hire an expert like us. Get in touch with us today to maximize the productivity and profitability of your projects in Southern California.