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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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Start Thinking Like a Criminal.

pink climbing old english rosesGood perimeter walls add security to your property and at the same time they delineate property lines.

You want your family to be comfortable in your own home, therefore security is a top priority. Your fence or wall is your first line of defence and, if professionally erected will not only guard your property, but will buy you time to get help should the need arise.

For added security you can train an old English Rambling Rose over the entire fence. Once it is established there is no way anyone is going to get over that wall or fence. The old English Rambling Rose is well known for its vicious thorns.

If you are wanting aesthetic beauty as well, then the old English Rose is a really good option, as during the summer months you are rewarded with an abundance of beautiful, fragrant roses.

There are things which you, as a homeowner can do to help ensure your property is secure and as safe as you can possibly get it.

Start thinking like a criminal.

A criminal would inspect your fence to see whether there are any weak spots where they can gain access.

Do the same.

Make a habit of regularly taking a walk around your property and inspect the wall or fence to ensure that there are no weak spots, which are an open invitation to criminals.

Anti Climb Rotator SpikesThere are ways to upgrade your fencing to help ensure your safety. You can have a variety of toppings to make your property unattractive to would-be intruders, e.g. roller spikes, or electric fencing.

You can raise your wall or fence to aid in making it more safe and off-putting to criminals.

Make sure you have an anti-vandalism bracket on your gate motor to prevent it from being tampered with.

If you feel you need your wall or fence raised, or you would like to have a good security wall or gate installed, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling to discuss your options with one of our professional consultants.

Help is only a phone call away.

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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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Raising with Trellis

thorns bougainvilleaBefore you decide what method to use to raise your boundary walls, make sure you thoroughly inspect your walls.  Make sure your fence is strong and secure, with no cracks or gaps to offer easy access to your property

Security is a huge priority today, and you need to ensure you use the best method possible to ensure the safety and security of your family and property.

.If you wish to raise your walls to prevent intruders coming in, and wish to use wooden trellis, it is a good idea to plant thorny plants to climb the trellis and give added security.

relattice trellisTrellis is not as strong as precast walls, and anyone trying to climb over is sure to cause it to break and make a noise to alert you of an attempted intrusion.   Growing thorny plants like roses or Hawthorne will have a greater impact as any would be intruder will think twice about attempting to climb over.

Lattice trellis will add to the beauty of your garden and allow you some privacy.  It is a good, strong support for climbing plants, so you can have the aesthetic beauty of the plants when they flower, and at the same time have the added security as plants with thorns are an added deterrent.   

Don’t compromise on your security. If using wooden trellis is the option you choose, make sure you have the added protection of a good, thorny plant.

Contact us today to discuss what would be the best option to raise your wall or fence, or for a free quotation

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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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