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Failing Retaining and Boulder Walls

In Michigan, because of our extreme climate changes and soils, water gets trapped, freezes – and creates a frost heave – causing retaining walls to shift or move. Frost heave occurs when ice forms deep within soil. The problem is that you often won’t know it’s occurring until it’s too late. Over time, the ice contained beneath its surface will cause the soil to lift. This heaving can not only damage your yard and the plants it contains, it can also crack nearby pavement, form potholes in your driveway and, perhaps most devastating of all, it can damage your home’s foundation. During the warmer months, this can cause leakage to occur, which can lead to a whole host of future problems including property destruction, mold growth, infestation and increased heating costs.


Engineered Retaining Wall

Once the frost heave goes away, the wall then tends to sink. Obviously, if the dimensions of these walls are altered too severely,   they will no longer be able to do their job effectively. Of course, retaining walls are meant to serve a very important function: to keep your soil and the plants it contains where it belongs. Without retaining walls many landscaping projects would essentially be impossible to complete. By holding soil back retaining walls allow one to create landscaping projects involving different elevations. Without these walls, yards may be much harder to control. As such, their potential destruction during cold weather is a serious issue, one which Twin Oaks can help you combat.

To prevent the destruction of your retaining walls, it is best to utilize an engineered system of special products and dimensions to reduce the likelihood of frost heave. These products and areas are determining factors in what type of solution is viable. Fortunately, Twin Oaks has these products at their disposal. Call us today and we’ll create a specialized solution for your specific problem based around the precise realities of your application.  Here are a few of our successful samples:

Steps and wall


Michigan Boulder Wall with paver steps