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Retaining Wall Waterproofing

Retaining Wall Waterproofing

A retaining wall is designed to keep earth away from a certain area—whether that area is a building or a garden.  Many different forces are working upon retaining walls at any given moment.  The weight of the wall itself, pressure from the earth, hydrostatic pressure, seepage, and, if it is a foundation wall, the load of a building are all forces that the wall must withstand if it is to do its work.

Retaining walls can be made of many materials, including cast-in-place concrete and masonry, and may need to be waterproofed to ensure a long and functional life.  Waterproofing such a structure, especially if the wall is a part of a foundation, is an important aspect that needs to be considered before there is water damage.

One of the most effective methods is just to keep water away from the structure in the first place.  This can be done by including a draining system to relieve hydrostatic pressure that can be exerted on the wall.

There are also different waterproofing methods available.  An example of this is a liquid applied waterproofing membrane that can be sprayed or applied to the structure.  Further options can be discussed with a professional who is experienced in these areas.

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