Why Are Retaining Walls Built? There are several reasons why retaining walls are used. In some cases the retaining walls are used for keeping sloped areas from sliding away from structures, for erosion purposes and for decoration purposes. These are just a few of the reasons they are built and used. What is a Retaining Wall? A retaining wall is a structure that is built to keep soil, rocks, and water in place. Normally retaining walls are built to keep dirt in its proper place so it doesn't become washed away from rain. Where are Retaining Walls Used? Retaining walls are used on steep slopes around homes, parks, and walkways around river areas. These are built to keep the landscape and dirt from sliding down the embankment causing less structural issues with homes due to flooding and mudslides from overexposed dirt in front homes. Retaining walls have been used in parks where there are slopes where the dirt has been dug away to build walkways, playgrounds, and other areas for people to gather. The retaining walls have been built to keep the upper area from crumbling down onto the lower lying area in the park. These are built a short distance away from parking lots that require a short walk into the park. Retaining walls are also built around sloping garden areas to keep the soil from washing away when it is watered or when it rains. Raised retaining walls are often used for raised gardens to keep the dirt in place so it doesn't become misplaced over the years in the same ways as the other walls are built. If there are walkways along a river that sits below a roadway, retaining walls are often built to help keep the structure of the road in place due to settling dirt and erosion. These types of retaining walls are often slabs of poured concrete.
In some areas, contractors use retaining walls around water features. They will do this rather than digging holes into the ground. A built retaining wall for a water feature will allow the fountain or water fall to be raised above the ground. In some case, retaining walls are installed around the outer exterior of man-made pounds in upscale housing additions. Tilt Up Fencing Products and Precast Concrete Products
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There are several reasons why retaining walls are used. In some cases the retaining walls are used for keeping sloped areas from sliding awa...