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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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Strategic Planning

planning a wallBoundary walls and fences must be strategically planned to give you the best security you can get for your business or home.

You need to ensure that boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned. Usually neighbours will share the costs involved in erecting a boundary wall or fence, but there are times when one neighbour will refuse to have anything to do with erecting the wall or fence between the two properties.

Make sure that you then erect the wall or fence on your own property. You may need to bring in a surveyor, as the pegs from the original surveyed land will have been removed.

You will still be able to erect your wall or fence, the only requirement will be that you erect it on YOUR property only. In no way must it encroach on an unwilling neighbour’s property, and that includes the foundation which is wider and longer than the wall itself.

The wall or fence will then belong to you only..

Your neighbour is prohibited from doing anything on his side which may threaten the stability of the wall or fence. For instance, he/she may not dig down next to your wall on their side if it will weaken or threaten the stability of the wall.

Should they wish to do some sort of excavation on their side, they will have to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure that will provide lateral support to the wall. A retaining wall will require plans

bad neighbourShould ownership be shared, then the wall will be erected on the boundary of both properties, and all costs will be shared equally. Ownership will also be shared equally.

The ideal foundation should be 1,5m deep and wider than the wall or fence, so that it can provide a strong support for the wall or fence, and it is also an excellent deterrent to anyone attempting to dig under the fence or wall to breach either property.

It is always better to plan well before implementing, as it helps in avoiding any errors which can prove costly if mistakes are made, and the wall or fence has to be broken down and replaced.

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

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Retaining Walls

weep holesRetaining walls are designed to keep the area behind the wall relatively dry. The design must route the water away from the back of the wall.

A sloped yard is a gardener’s worst nightmare. A retaining wall with proper drainage is the best option, and will have any serious gardener smiling again.

A build-up of water behind a retaining wall is not only destabilizing, it is potentially downright dangerous.
Weep holes in retaining walls are an excellent way to release water pressure.

Retaining walls leading to drainage ditches generally have weep holes built in right at the base of the walls.

A weep hole or a weep brick is a small opening that allows water to drain adequately. Weep holes or bricks are always located at the bottom of the wall to allow for the drainage and to overcome surface tension.

Weep holes can consist of small diameter plastic, clay or metal pipes extended through the walls to enable water to escape from the backfill.

Hollow plastic or metal tubes can be used for weep holes in retaining walls, keeping the spacing between the tubes to about 41cm apart.

installing weep holesThe installation of the tubes must be done at an angle to allow water to drip out. There are other methods, but the tubes are definitely your best option. The holes must not be too small or they may not allow the air to circulate and the moisture will not vent out properly.

As you can see, a retaining wall with proper weep holes is a huge benefit to any gardener and household. Make sure when you have a retaining wall installed that the weep holes are correctly positioned and sufficient to enable them to release all tension from moisture on the wall.

Should you wish to discuss your options regarding a retaining wall, or would like to install or raise an existing wall or fence, please do not hesitate to contact us today to speak to one of our consultants, or to request a free quotation.

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Watch Your Footing

wall footing

Footings are a very important part of foundation construction.  Footings are typically made of concrete with rebar reinforcement which is poured into an excavated trench.

What is the purpose of footings?

Footings are there to support the foundation and prevent settling, especially in areas of troublesome soils.

The footing is constructed under the foundation for the purpose of distributing the load over a larger area.  

Concrete footing should be 100mm deep and 300mm wide for a boundary wall.  If you want footing for a retaining wall, however, it should be 150mm deep by 450mm wide.

For larger structures it is advisable to consult a professional engineer for advice on the depth and width of the footing required for the structure.

rigid footing supportsAllow the concrete to cure for one day before doing any building.   It is, however, best to not place any heavy weight on the footing until about 3 days after it has been poured.    You can then safely begin construction.

Foundation on the other hand is that part of a structure which is in direct contact with soil and transmits load into it.

Always remember:  Footings are an important part of foundation construction, and as such, great care and attention must be paid to the correct procedure required to get the best results.

If you would like to speak to one of our professional consultants for information about our products and services, or for a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today.

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Cleaning Precast Retaining Walls

addingcolourOur retaining precast walls can have permanent colour added to the wet concrete during the manufacturing process, which will ensure that future painting will be unnecessary.   You do have the option to have the fences stained or painted at a later date as a design feature.

If your fence is looking dirty or drab, you can clean the fence to make it look new again.   Over time dust and dirt can build up on the fences, and will need to be cleaned.

Even though precast retaining walls are made to withstand the elements, it does not mean that over time they will not begin to show wear, especially if not sealed properly.   Mould and mildew can grow over time, as unsealed walls absorb moisture.

PowerWashingA good foam cleaner can be applied to the walls and left to dig deep into the surface.   A power washer will do a really good job of cleaning the wall.   We recommend a sealer is applied once the wall is properly dry to prevent any further moisture stains on the walls.   

Our walls are sealed as part of the manufacturing process to keep them looking good for many years, but scratches and chips can cause moisture to seep in.

We recommend repair, or replacement of any sections damaged, as this will prevent deterioration of the walls.  Sealing the walls properly is a high priority to extend the life of the walls.

As our walls interlock, we can replace any damaged sections and ensure you have the best looking walls for many years.

If you would like to discuss your wall requirement, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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