Have a Falling Sea Wall? Repair it (Instead of Replacing it)

Living on The Water in Cleveland

Living on the water is the dream of many water-loving people. The thought of hitting the beach by walking out your back door is truly a dream for many who love the outdoors. However, living by Lake Erie's edge brings concerns of erosion which can eat away at the land, and often times your home.

Seawalls can be found on coastlines throughout the world and provide a defined line of the land and sea. Most commonly, seawalls are used to deter shore erosion, especially when it could result in extreme damage to roads and buildings.

However, the high-impact energy derived from the waves can impact the seawall's integrity, leaving many homeowners having to attempt repairs - or worse replacing the seawalls. 

Replacing a Seawall

Maintaining a seawall is an ongoing project and replacing one is not cheap. The expense really starts to add up when there isn’t easy access to the seawall. No access means that property owners are forced to cough up thousands of dollars to pay for the replacement by using a barge. Ouch. 

Repairing a Seawall

Making repairs to a seawall may seem like a temporary solution, that’s because it is. But it’s a logical temporary solution. Seawalls have to take mother nature’s wrath day after day, and much like humans need to do daily tasks to upkeep our bodies, so do seawalls.

The alternative is to replace it whenever it starts to crack. But that’s a very expensive task and with the ebb and flow of the waters surges and storms, that could be often. A seawall that is regularly maintained should last around 40 to 60 years.

Oftentimes, property owners will try to fill those gaps with aggregate, but that eventually deteriorates as well. But Mr. Level has found using poly leveling techniques to be the best process for repairing a seawall.

Should it be Repaired?

Knowing when to repair your seawall is important. You should have your seawall inspected periodically for any defects. You can take a look at your seawall to see if it’s time to get a consultation. If you find any of the following signs, call an expert for an evaluation:

  • Are there any cracks or pieces broken off of the cap?
  • Are any of the slabs beginning to deteriorate?
  • Are any of the concrete slabs leaning?
  • Is your property losing soil behind the wall?
  • What is Poly Leveling?

Poly leveling utilizes an eco-friendly polyurethane foam injected into the concrete to form a water impervious seal, which will:

  • Displace standing water
  • Fill Voids
  • Fill Cracks
  • Regenerate a water tight barrier

Repairing your seawall with Mr. Level’s poly leveling method is about half of the cost of replacing the concrete seawall itself. If you think your seawall might need some repairs, contact Mr. Level today

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