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Common Causes of Seawall Failure and What You Can Do to Prevent It

Seawalls are a very important and expensive part of any waterfront property. Whether you’re assessing your current seawall or looking to purchase a new property - here’s a few ways to prevent a failing seawall.

Common Causes of Seawall Failure:

  • Poor maintenance

  • Lack of inspection to detect early problems

  • Building foundations placed too close to the seawall

  • Outdoor elements like wind, water, etc

  • Driving heavy vehicles and/or equipment too close to the seawall

  • Change in water depth

How to Prevent Failure

Regular seawall inspections by a professional ensure there is nothing wrong with your seawall before something major were to happen. By having these repairs done early on, you will save a lot of time and money on what may end up being bigger repairs later on down the line. Whenever you notice something different about your seawall, be sure to get it looked at as soon as possible.

Pay attention to any plants growing around your seawall. Weeds that are deep into the ground can end up causing damage because they can cause cracks in the liner wall of your seawall. Be sure to spray weed killer to remove and prevent future weeds!

During the winter time, pay attention to the ice and any shifting that may occur. Ice can cause major damage to seawalls. When the lake freezes over check to make sure you don’t see any cracks in your seawall. It may behoove you to install a bubbler. Contact us if you need recommendations on purchasing one!

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