Country Wide Walling

Annie Rieck

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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Exterior Boundary Walls

steel insertsIt has become a part of our lives here in South Africa to make sure we have good boundary walls, not only for their aesthetic appeal, but as an added security feature.   As crime escalates at an alarming rate, we all need as much security protection for ourselves and our families as we can get.

Good quality boundary walls are a must, with added security.  Whether we have palisades or concrete walls, we need to plan carefully, before deciding which would be our best option.   Solid walls are great, and, very pleasing to the eye, and of course ensures we have privacy, but there is one drawback. 

We erect high solid walls to get privacy, but we are then giving criminals privacy too.  Once inside our property, they cannot be seen by anyone from the streets, or by neighbours, and can move about without fear of detection.

A good option, therefore is facebrick walls with steel inserts.   We would still get a mode of privacy, but the steel inserts will ensure that, should an intruder be on our property, they would not be able to move around without detection.

wall with steel insertsFor over 25 years, Country Wide Walling has been in the walling industry, and through experience have developed an exceptionally strong, quality precast facebrick wall, which is manufactured by them, and then good, quality steel inserts added, to give their clients an exceptionally high quality product, which outlasts any of their competitors.

Their workmanship is of the highest quality possible, and the end result is an aesthetically beautiful product, with privacy and security, which will last for many years.

The walls surrounding our property demarcate the boundary of our property, and if it is of high quality and workmanship adds an aesthetic quality which enhances the value of our property.  Usually people first consider security, then privacy when deciding on enclosing their property.   The facebrick wall with steel inserts meets all requirements, from privacy to security to aesthetic appeal.

Why not contact us today to discuss your requirements, and we will come out and give you a free quotation. 

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Annie Rieck

Stable Boundary Walls

cracksMany boundary walls are poorly built by people trying to cut costs, and not having the necessary experience and know-how skills base to build it safely.

A perimeter wall is built as a security feature to protect your family, and trying to cut costs and doing a poor job of constructing the wall can lead to it collapsing and seriously injuring a child or animal.   

If a wall falls on a child it can cost a lot of money for hospitalization and doctor’s fees.  This money would have been better invested in getting your security walls safely and professionally installed by Country Wide Walling.

Bad designs, poor foundations and also the lack of expansion joints and support pillars usually result in boundary walls developing dangerous cracks and/or collapsing.  

good boundary wallsWalls leaning over, or splitting apart or cracks in plaster, are all indications of a poorly constructed wall, and unfortunately, usually only become noticeable a long time after the builder has left the site.  You, as the homeowner believe you received a bargain priced wall, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies, and could lead to a loss of a lot more money should a child be badly injured with broken bones and a lengthy hospital stay.

If you are one of these homeowners, you need to keep a careful eye on the wall, and if any cracks appear, or the wall starts leaning over, it is best to pay urgent attention to the problem immediately, before anything serious happens.

The best solution is to tear the wall down, and have it professionally set up in order to not only provide security, but to avoid serious injury to a child, family member, or an animal.  In the end, this would be the safest, and most cost effective solution to a dodgy wall.

Always bear in mind that sound engineering principles also need to be applied to the design, manufacture and installation of boundary security walls.

Contact Country Wide Walling  today to discuss your requirements, and to determine what would be best for your property, or to request a free quotation.

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Sinking Concrete

Sinking ConcreteIf you notice any of your concrete structures sinking, the problem is probably due to the fact that the concrete was erected over poorly compacted soil, and is therefore susceptible to settling and cracking over time.   

Water will penetrate below through the cracks and erode the base material.  These structures, whether it be your boundary walls, driveways or floors will become dangerous and can cause someone to trip and be seriously injured.

The water will also then be diverted towards your house and can destroy the aesthetic beauty you once had.  In other words, it will cause you property to be just plain ugly.

The solution would be Polyjacking.  Polyurathane Slabjacking.  High density polyurethane gets injected below the sunken structure as a two-part polymer.  It is an expanding foam which will fill open voids and stabilize loose soil while it raises and levels the sunken structure.

sinking houseThe concrete structure now has a new lease of life.  Polyjacking is the cleanest and most effective method to use to repair sunken concrete structures.

This method is good, quick and very long lasting and also reduces any future settling of the concrete structure.

Country Wide Walling take care and pride in any erecting which is done by us, and foundations are an important element to ensure your boundary walls are sturdy and well erected, with a good, deep and solid foundation.

Should you require a new wall or fence, or would like to raise or repair an existing one, or would like to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today

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