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Water Damage to Perimeter Walls or Fences

water damageIf boundary walls or fences and foundations are not designed and built correctly, they can be subject to damage and cracks. Most damage is caused by soils that contract and expand due to excess moisture in the soil.

As the soil absorbs the water, it swells and then shrinks as it dries out again. Pressure on the foundations is ongoing, and if not properly designed and built, WILL lead to cracking of the walls, and in the extreme, collapsing.

Always have drainage points for water if you live in heavy rainfall areas to prevent damage to your walls and fences.
Expansive soils shrink or swell as moisture content changes, which results in heave movements.

All soil types are affected by water, and this can weaken the structure of the soil, and cause extensive damage to your walls or fences.

drainage pipeMake sure you have adequate drainage pipes built into the wall should it be required, as water that dams up against the wall is very bad for the structure.

Avoid having trees or shrubs close to your walls to aggravate the moisture problem.

Should you develop water leaks in the plumbing, and the danger of the water damming up close to your boundary wall, or fence, you need to waste no time in getting it repaired, to avoid excessive damage to the walls or fences, and having to replace walls too severely damaged to be repaired.

It is always best to get a true professional company to design, and build your walls or fences, to ensure that everything is correctly done, and, as they know what to look out for, to install what is needed to protect the walls from damage by excess water.

If you live in a very heavy rainfall area, it is a good idea to get a professional geotechnical inspection done, and you will then know what the true situation is in your area, and can then build according to the results
If all precautions are taken before a boundary wall or fence is built, you can better prevent damage to your boundary wall or fence.

Our consultants will gladly assist you, so if you need advice, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Tree Damage

tree close to wall of houseTrees are so beautiful and we all want trees around us, but there are situations where trees can damage our walls.

Trees should not be planted close to any structures, whether it is boundary walls, or the house walls.

Trees should always be regarded as potential sources of damage, whether it is the roots distorting the structure or that the tree is too close to the wall and is pushing it over as it grows, and there is also the branches hanging over boundary walls and allowing easy access to the property.

Although all trees should be regarded as a source of damage, there are some varieties that are more prone than others.

• All Eucalyptus varieties
• Lombardy (Free State) Poplars
• London planes
• Willows (Salix) of any type
• Jacarandas

Low boundary walls can be lifted or pushed aside by the roots of trees if growing near the surface, You need to keep trees a safe distance from any structure to diminish any potential damage.

tree rootsTree roots can also cause damage to sewers and drains and this in turn will encourage localized root growth.

The roots can enter the drain or sewer through the damage causing blockages and thus aggravating the initial damage.

All this can cause water to dam up near the wall, and the soil to shift and this could cause distortion of the wall or fence.

You need to plant trees with caution to avoid damage or either your drainage, sewer and even the mains, and also to any built structure. Keeping a good distance between all these elements can prevent a lot of problems which can develop over time and cost a lot to sort out at a later stage. It can even mean having to tear down your walls or fences and rebuild.

To talk to one of our consultants, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Installing a Boundary Wall

house without boundary wallsIf you buy or build a home, one of the most important things to do, is install a boundary wall, to protect not only your property, but also your family and possessions, as the crime rate in South Africa is very high. There is not a day goes by without hearing about attacks, or break-ins.

A boundary wall that is professionally installed, will act as a deterrent to would be intruders, and make it far more difficult for them to access your property.

With the right guidelines you will be able to install your boundary wall and have peace of mind, and the protection you so desire. We, at Country Wide Walling, will guide you to make the correct choice for your property. Our consultants are standing by to assist you in any way possible. Our goal is to always go above, and beyond what clients expect, and their satisfaction is our priority.

foundationThere are many things to take into account before building a boundary wall, e.g. design and materials. A boundary wall should always have a good, deep and solid foundation to prevent anyone from digging under it to gain access to your property.

A good foundation should be around 1.5 m deep, and wider than the wall itself.

The height of the wall is also important, as there are rules as regards height allowed in built up areas.

If you are living in a high rainfall area, the wall could become cracked, which would lead to it coming down and possibly seriously injuring someone, if there is no foundation to protect it from the ground being washed away by excess rain.

The best solution to avoid disaster, is to consult with a professional to get guidelines and advice.

Your decision to contact us at Country Wide Walling, could be the best decision you will ever make, to give you the protection you need to safeguard your property and family and give you peace of mind.

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Uses For Precast Concrete Fences, and Walls

perimeter wallThere are many uses for precast concrete fences and walls.

Precast Concrete Fences and Walls are an excellent choice for perimeter walls. They not only mark the boundaries of your property in a neat and aesthetically pleasing way, but also add value to your property.

Precast Fences and Walls add security to your property as well as offering a screen to maintain your privacy. The only thing to avoid, is giving intruders a place to hide if they should breach your property.

Small children and pets can be kept safe in your yard, and will be prevented from wandering out and getting lost or end up on a road amid traffic.

pool securitySwimming pools can be cordoned off to prevent accidents, especially if you have small children.

The uses of Precast Fences and Walls are widespread and a useful contribution to any property, as they can also act as windbreaks or serve as a retaining wall on steeply graded plots of land.

With all these advantages in mind, it would be a very wise decision to erect Precast Walls and Fences around your property.

It will probably be the best decision you have ever made.

Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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Boundary Wall Regulations in South Africa

surveyingBoundary walls and fences are probably the most controversial topic facing homeowners. There are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, so you need to contact your local authority, to find out exactly what you can and cannot do.

All properties are surveyed, and pegged when land is zoned for residential use, and the two most important issues are the position of the boundary wall, and the ownership of them.

Although all properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned, the pegs are generally removed as soon as the land is built on.

This is the main reason that it is very important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned.

wall footingShould there be a dispute at any stage between neighbours, it may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

Building a wall on the boundary is possible without building plans, if you stick to the rules and regulations, and provided it is on your property. This will give you ownership of the wall.

Building the wall includes the foundations, which will be wider, and longer than the wall itself. If you erect it on your property…it is yours.

Your walls are also protected by law from any action which might threaten its stability, e.g. your neighbours may not dig down next to your wall on their side if there is any likelihood of the earth being washed away if there are heavy rains.

Should your neighbour wish to do some sort of excavation, they will need to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure which provides lateral support to the wall. By law, the retaining wall they erect will require the necessary plans.

Should you have any questions regarding boundary walls, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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