What are concrete retaining walls? The simple answer is that they’re walls made of concrete block or poured concrete used to retain earth that would collapse or erode. They’re used in highway construction, landscaping, and other applications. They’re a common part of construction jobs, large or small.
How Are Retaining Walls Built?
Retaining walls are built using either concrete blocks or poured concrete. While the materials and techniques are slightly different, they have some things in common.
They need to be strong and need to last. They need to be able to drain away any water that they come in contact with; poor drainage can cause water to pool behind the wall and can wash away the underlying soil, leading to structural issues and possible failure.
Depending on the height of the wall and the amount of weight it will need to withstand, it may need external reinforcement, such as footings, steel reinforcement, tiebacks that attach to “dead men,” which are anchors buried a distance from the wall, or a cantilevered design. A less common technique is called a “gravity wall,” which is thick and heavy enough to withstand the pressure of the weight of the earth.
Retaining walls are built at the appropriate time during construction jobs. They’re designed as part of the overall structure of the building, including landscaping retaining walls. This allows for a smooth construction process.
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