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Wall Leaning

leaning wallThere are many reasons why a boundary wall starts to lean. It could be tree roots that grow and cause heave, thus putting pressure on the wall footings or foundations.

All retaining walls should incorporate weep holes to allow water pressure to be relieved and allows any water to seep through.

It is important to have regular checks on all your boundary and retaining walls to make sure that there is no damage or leaning occurring. A garden wall that collapses can cause serious injury or even death to an unsuspecting person or animal.

Should you find any damage it is very important to have it rectified immediately.

Make sure that the wall is thick enough for its height. The ratio of height and width various around the country and weather conditions and ground conditions.

Different materials will vary and you may have to introduce forms of reinforcements to improve the stability of your walls.

Footing foundationAll walls should have adequate footings, not just shallow trenches with some concrete slopped in it.

Avoid any shortcuts in the erection of your wall or fence, as it can cause serious injury to people or animals should the walls or fences fall.

As your walling or fencing is your first line of defence, you need to ensure that you get the best possible security for your family, property or business.

It is always a good idea to consult with a professional when erecting your boundary walls or fences, and to ensure that it is the best on offer.

Whether you need a free quotation or would like to discuss your requirements, please feel free to give us a call today.

With our many years of experience, and our highly trained consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us to assist you in this endeavour.

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Raising Boundary Walls

Plain Precast WallingA boundary wall is a must-have today, and we need make sure to inspect the walls regularly to ensure that it is always in pristine condition.   Walls need to be kept clean and free of any debris which can accumulate and cause fungus to form and spoil the aesthetic beauty of your walls.

If you have a wall that is painted, then repainting once a year is a sure way to keep it looking beautiful.

If you have a concrete boundary wall that has become sunken, the reason could be that the wall was constructed over poorly compacted soil and stone, making it susceptible to settling over time.  

It is therefore recommended that walls be erected by a professional company such as Country Wide Walling, to ensure a proper foundation is laid for your boundary walls to avoid expensive problems occurring over time.

damaged wallingAs the walls sink and crack and joints open, it leaves it open to water penetration which over time erodes the base material, and makes is more susceptible to damage.   

A wall that has sunken more than 200mm would most probably have to be replaced, which is an unnecessary expense, which could have been avoided if the fence or wall was properly and professionally installed.

A fence that has not sunken less than 200mm can be raised and stabilized.  Country Wide Walling specialize in the raising of walls, and are professionals in their field of expertise.

Why not contact us today for more information, to discuss your best options, or to request a free quotation.

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Remove Algae, Mould from Walls or Fencing

AlgaeKeeping your boundary wall looking good is very important, as it is the first thing people see, and you want them to have a good impression of your property, especially if you are considering selling.

Besides rot, your fence can also be attacked by Algea, Fungas, Moss or Mould.

These can cause rot on wooden fences and do make concrete fencing or walling very unsightly.

There are various ways to remove this from your fencing, and we take a look at some of them to assist you to decide which method would best suit you.

All these growths thrive in similar environments, so you need to know what each is.

algae 2Algae is usually green and looks slimy when it is wet, and it is also slippery when wet.

Mould is a type of fungus and develops from airborne spores and usually grows in damp, warm conditions.

Moss has stems like a feathery house plant.

To clean and remove these from your walls and fences, you have choices on how to do it.

If you choose to manually remove this from your fence, then you can use a solution of 1 (one) part chlorine bleach to 3 (three) parts water.

You will need a good, stiff bristled brush.

Wet the wall and then use the brush and solution to vigorously scrub the area. Rinse off with plenty of clean water.

When bleach comes into contact with Algae or mould, it will immediately start to kill the cells, which can then be removed by vigorous scrubbing.

If necessary, repeat the process to ensure that all algae or fungus has been properly removed.

There are also commercial cleaners on the market if you would rather go that way.

Whatever method you choose, rinsing well with clean water is very important.

power washerThere is also a much easier method. Power Washing.

You can spray some of the bleach and water solution on the walls and then use the power washer to wash well. The pressure of the washer will remove any algae, mould or fungus from your walls far more easily.

Even though it is far easier to use a pressure washer, there will always be a lot of debris to clean up after you finish. If you find it is a bit too much to do alone, there is also the easy option.

Get a professional to do it for you, as they do know what to do each step of the way.

If you need to discuss your fencing options, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Electric Fences

electric fence wall topElectric Fences are used to increase the security of a boundary wall, and are an electrified barrier added to the top of a boundary wall or fence.

Make sure you check the by-laws in your area before erecting an electric fence, or any wall or fence, as local authorities and municipalities have their their own by-laws that must be complied with.

An electrified fence is an electrified barrier erected on top of a boundary wall or fence, and may not be a freestanding electric fence.

No freestanding electric fences may be erected along any boundary, in such a position that it would allow people to accidentally come into contact with it. Electric fencing is erected to keep intruders out, so should not be erected in such a way that a passer-by could accidentally come into contact with it.

electric fence topElectric fences must always conform to the following specifications:

• They must not be any higher than 450mm.
• They must always be at least 1.8 m above ground.
• They can only be erected on top of walls or fences.
• They must never encroach over site boundaries.

Other wall-top barriers, e.g. barbed wire, should never be electrified, as the purpose of electric fencing is that a person who touches the electric wiring, will let go immediately.

Electric fences are an excellent deterrent to would-be intruders, but we can’t stress enough, they should never be a danger to anyone else.

If you would like more information about boundary walls or fences, please do not hesitate to contact us, or to request a free quotation.

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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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