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Proper Drainage for Your Next Retaining Wall

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

A retaining wall is an essential structure that helps to hold back soil and prevent erosion in your landscape. While building a retaining wall, it is crucial to pay close attention to its drainage system. Proper drainage behind your retaining wall is essential to ensure its durability and effectiveness. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper drainage behind your retaining wall.

Firstly, proper drainage helps to prevent water buildup behind the retaining wall. If water is not drained correctly, it can exert pressure on the wall, leading to its failure over time. Water buildup can also cause erosion of the soil behind the wall, making it less stable. With proper drainage, the water is channeled away from the wall, preventing any damage to the structure.

Secondly, proper drainage helps to maintain the wall's structural integrity. A retaining wall's stability depends on the soil's properties and the wall's design. Without proper drainage, the soil behind the wall can become saturated, reducing its load-bearing capacity. This can cause the wall to shift or collapse, putting your property at risk. Proper drainage ensures that the soil remains stable and the wall retains its structural integrity.

Lastly, proper drainage behind your retaining wall can also prevent damage to your property. If the wall fails due to inadequate drainage, the soil and water behind it can flow down and cause damage to your property.

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