Your seawall or shoreline is your first line of defense when a storm hits. Shoreline Protection in the form of a seawall, bulkhead or other armoring structure is the best strategy against the ongoing erosion and maintenance of your property. Unfortunately, seawalls are not commonly covered through a homeowners insurance policy, although they are often the most crucial structure when it comes to protecting your waterfront property. Ensuring that your seawall is in good working condition is one of the best ways to protect your home, business, or condominium. Many of the seawalls in Florida are nearing the end of their effective design service life and as a result of the corrosive waterfront environment many of these older seawalls are in need of repair, routine maintenance or a major reconstruction.

The seawall inspection and report will include many items and insight that your home inspector or contractor can not and will not provide. All of our sea wall inspections consist of above-water and below-water observations. We feel that the owner or potential owner should have the most information possible from an unbiased qualified professional to make the right decision regarding near term and long term maintenance of their seawall. Your Seawall Inspection and Assessment Report will include the following information:

  • Overall Seawall Condition Assessment
  • High resolution photos & underwater video (if applicable)
  • Determination of the likely remaining design life
  • Recommendations for repairs and/or maintenance on a short term and long term basis
  • Review of environmental issues, if present
  • All work performed by or overseen by a Professional Coastal Engineer registered in the State of Florida

There are several different types of materials used for sea walls and bulkheads and each of which poses its own maintenance issues and methods of failure. Therefore, it is important to have your seawall or bulkhead inspected by an expert who has experience in working with each type of seawall. Below is a list of materials that seawalls and bulkheads are typically constructed of:

  • Concrete
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Steel/Aluminum
  • Composite
  • Stone (rip-rap, coquina, etc.)

Unfortunately, we deal with as many newer sea walls that have failed or are in need of significant repair; as we do with the older seawalls. The primary reason for this is contractors regularly try to reduce their costs and do not necessarily rely on an engineer to design a seawall or bulkhead properly. These efforts have resulted in great looking finished products as a shell; but over a relatively short period of time start to show signs of failure. Older walls typically have different issues to deal with such as failure of concrete piles and caps, deterioration of steel tiebacks, or rotting of wood panels. There are many indicators that lead us to identifying potential problems with a seawall or bulkhead. In general, we are going to be looking for any signs of failure; some example methods of failure include:

  • Cracks and rust (brown) stains throughout concrete sea wall cap, batter piles or king piles.
  • Soil loss through piles
  • Toe of seawall kick out
  • Poor design
  • Long term degradation of concrete
  • Corrosion of the tie rods
  • Corrosion of rebar in concrete components
  • Erosion at the toe of the pile
  • Leaning/listing of the wall
  • Damage as a result of marine borer attack

Types of seawall vary on geography and time frame they were designed and constructed in. We have inspected sea walls across the entire State of Florida including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Jupiter, Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Aventura, Miami Beach, Key Largo, Tampa, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach, Bradenton, Venice, Sarasota, Amelia Island, Siesta Key, Englewood, Boca Grande, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and parts in-between.