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