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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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Boundary Protection

electric fencing toppingAlthough boundary walls and fences are mainly erected for security purposes, to keep criminals from entering your property, if you have a good quality and professionally erected fence or wall, it will also give a pleasing aesthetic look to your property.

Aesthetically pleasing boundary walls or fences not only add to the value of your property, they also add to the character of the neighbourhood. You must always remember that boundary walls and fences that front onto public streets are highly visible, and therefore you need to make sure that it is not only a security feature, but is also aesthetically appealing.

shadow of person climbing fenceMany homeowners are tending to install extra security on top of boundary walls and fences, as the crime rate is high, and criminals need to be kept out.

Electric fencing, razor wire, barbed wire and spikes are all utilized for this purpose, and are very off-putting to would-be intruders.

Always check which of these are permitted in the area in which you live, as different areas have different rules.

Always keep the area close to the walls tree free, so as not to give anyone easy access to your property via an overhanging tree branch.

Make sure the foundations to your wall are deep so that nobody can dig under them, and do regular checks to see if anyone has tried tampering with your walls.

To avoid any unpleasantness, contact your local authority about what is permissible when you put up a boundary wall or fence.

Your property and family are important to you, so make the best decision of your life today, and contact us at Country Wide Walling, for more information, or a free quotation.

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Ownership Of Boundary Walls and Fences

property wall designWe cannot stress enough, the importance of safe, well-built boundary walls. The safety of your property and family is your no.1 priority. Make sure that you do everything correctly, so as to avoid having the expense of tearing the wall down, and having to have it rebuilt.

When neighbours agree to share the costs of boundary walls and fences, the ownership of the walls and fences are then shared.

Even though you own your side of the wall or fence, and your neighbour the other side, neither one of you may do anything to the wall, e.g. lower or raise it, or break it down, without the permission of the joint owner.

Should the wall be damaged in any way, both owners must share the repair costs.

If the wall exists when you move onto the property, and ownership is not known, then it is presumed that the wall is jointly owned by both neighbours.

facebrick and steel insertsThe National Building Regulations state that walls or fences up to a maximum height of 1.8m are regarded as minor building work, and therefore do not require building plans.

Any wall or fence higher than 1.8m, and a maximum of 2.1m will require building plans.

If both sides make an effort to keep boundary walls in good condition, then it is a huge asset to property owners, and not a drain on their finances. Regular checks to see whether anyone has tried to tamper with the walls, is a wise action.

Having deep foundations, around 1.5m, is a very wise option, as it prevents anyone trying to dig under the walls to gain access to your property.

Always check the rules and regulations with your local municipality before you erect any boundary walls or fences.

If you would like to discuss your requirements, have any questions, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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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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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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