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Protecting Timber Retaining Walls – Looking Out For Wood Rot

Protecting Timber Retaining walls – Looking out for Wood Rot

Do you have a timber retaining wall? When was the last time you inspected it? Is the timber starting to look old and grey, or rotting in places? Or is it collapsing and threatening to fall down?

Retaining Wall 1Failing timber retaining walls can be a major problem in any backyard, especially if you live in a sloping area. Over time, all timber retaining walls will deteriorate, but it’s better to be ahead of the game rather than waiting for it to completely fall down.

If you notice the appearance of your timber retaining wall has started to look a bit full or has turned grey and is perhaps splitting or rotting, then it’s definitely a matter of structural integrity. Here at Fence and Garden Sunshine Coast, we would recommend asking one of our team members to come out and inspect your retaining wall for structural integrity. We can offer the best advice for how to either treat or replace the problem, and give you a price for the completed works.

However, there are simple signs to help keep your timber retaining wall from failing, especially if your property is on a hill and has soil behind it. Just think about it this way: when the soil gets wet, it becomes heavy and, as a result, puts a strain on your retaining wall and causes drainage issues, and of course, wood rot.

Retaining Wall 2The best way to keep your retaining wall from rotting is to protect it before installation, or double treating it. The best outdoor wood treatment is to make sure it is preferred for the elements before deciding to use it.

Also, make sure to choose a high covering product as well, one that is ecological and as natural as possible. A double dose of this is always recommended.

Using a barrier between the treated wood and the ground also ensures the best outdoor wood treatment for your wall and helps keep away any rot or decay. Staple a water-resistant tarp to the side of your wall that will make direct contact with the soil.

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