Serving WV including the Greater Charleston area
Our West Virginia Service Area
Cities in Allegany County, MD
Barton
Cumberland
Flintstone
Frostburg
Little Orleans
Lonaconing
Luke
Mount Savage
Oldtown
Rawlings
Westernport

Cities in Garrett County, MD
Accident
Bittinger
Bloomington
Friendsville
Grantsville
Kitzmiller
Mc Henry
Oakland
Swanton

Cities in Washington County, MD
Hancock

Cities in Monroe County, OH
Woodsfield

Cities in Giles County, VA
Glen Lyn

Cities in Barbour County, WV
Belington
Galloway
Junior
Moatsville
Philippi
Volga

Cities in Berkeley County, WV
Bunker Hill
Falling Waters
Gerrardstown
Hedgesville
Inwood
Martinsburg

Cities in Boone County, WV
Ashford
Bim
Bloomingrose
Bob White
Comfort
Costa
Danville
Foster
Gordon
Hewett
Jeffrey
Julian
Madison
Nellis
Orgas
Ottawa
Peytona
Racine
Ridgeview
Seth
Sylvester
Turtle Creek
Twilight
Uneeda
Van
Wharton
Whitesville
Woodville

Cities in Braxton County, WV
Burnsville
Copen
Exchange
Flatwoods
Frametown
Gassaway
Heaters
Little Birch
Napier
Sutton

Cities in Cabell County, WV
Barboursville
Culloden
Huntington
Lesage
Milton
Ona
Salt Rock

Cities in Calhoun County, WV
Arnoldsburg
Big Bend
Big Springs
Chloe
Grantsville
Millstone
Mount Zion
Munday
Orma

Cities in Clay County, WV
Bickmore
Bomont
Clay
Dille
Duck
Glen
Indore
Ivydale
Lizemores
Maysel
Nebo
Procious
Wallback
Widen

Cities in Doddridge County, WV
Center Point
New Milton
Smithburg
West Union

Cities in Fayette County, WV
Alloy
Ansted
Boomer
Cannelton
Charlton Heights
Danese
Deep Water
Dothan
Edmond
Fayetteville
Gauley Bridge
Glen Ferris
Glen Jean
Hico
Hilltop
Kanawha Falls
Kimberly
Kincaid
Lansing
Layland
Lochgelly
Lookout
Meadow Bridge
Minden
Montgomery
Mount Carbon
Mount Hope
Mount Olive
Nallen
Oak Hill
Page
Pax
Powellton
Prince
Robson
Scarbro
Smithers
Spring Dale
Thurmond
Victor
Winona

Cities in Gilmer County, WV
Cedarville
Coxs Mills
Glenville
Linn
Normantown
Rosedale
Sand Fork
Shock
Troy

Cities in Grant County, WV
Cabins
Gormania
Lahmansville
Maysville
Mount Storm
Petersburg

Cities in Greenbrier County, WV
Asbury
Caldwell
Charmco
Crawley
Fairlea
Frankford
Grassy Meadows
Leslie
Lewisburg
Maxwelton
Quinwood
Rainelle
Renick
Ronceverte
Rupert
Smoot
White Sulphur Springs
Williamsburg

Cities in Hampshire County, WV
Augusta
Bloomery
Capon Bridge
Delray
Green Spring
High View
Levels
Points
Purgitsville
Rio
Romney
Shanks
Slanesville
Springfield
Yellow Spring

Cities in Hardy County, WV
Baker
Fisher
Lost City
Mathias
Milam
Moorefield
Old Fields
Wardensville

Cities in Harrison County, WV
Anmoore
Bridgeport
Clarksburg
Enterprise
Gypsy
Haywood
Hepzibah
Lost Creek
Lumberport
Meadowbrook
Mount Clare
Reynoldsville
Salem
Shinnston
Spelter
Wallace
West Milford
Wyatt

Cities in Jackson County, WV
Advent
Cottageville
Evans
Gay
Given
Kenna
Le Roy
Millwood
Ravenswood
Ripley
Sandyville

Cities in Jefferson County, WV
Charles Town
Harpers Ferry
Kearneysville
Ranson
Shenandoah Junction
Shepherdstown
Summit Point

Cities in Kanawha County, WV
Alum Creek
Belle
Blount
Blue Creek
Cabin Creek
Cedar Grove
Charleston
Clendenin
Dawes
Drybranch
Dunbar
East Bank
Elkview
Eskdale
Falling Rock
Gallagher
Glasgow
Handley
Hansford
Hernshaw
Hugheston
Institute
London
Mammoth
Miami
Nitro
Pinch
Pond Gap
Pratt
Saint Albans
Tad
Tornado
Winifrede

Cities in Lewis County, WV
Alum Bridge
Camden
Crawford
Horner
Ireland
Jane Lew
Orlando
Walkersville
Weston

Cities in Lincoln County, WV
Alkol
Branchland
Griffithsville
Hamlin
Harts
Midkiff
Myra
Ranger
Sod
Spurlockville
Sumerco
West Hamlin
Yawkey

Cities in Logan County, WV
Accoville
Amherstdale
Big Creek
Blair
Bruno
Chapmanville
Chauncey
Clothier
Cora
Davin
Ethel
Henlawson
Holden
Kistler
Lake
Logan
Lorado
Lyburn
Mallory
Man
Mount Gay
Omar
Peach Creek
Pecks Mill
Sarah Ann
Sharples
Stollings
Switzer
Verdunville
Whitman
Wilkinson
Yolyn

Cities in Marion County, WV
Baxter
Carolina
Colfax
Fairmont
Fairview
Farmington
Four States
Idamay
Kingmont
Mannington
Rachel
Rivesville
Worthington

Cities in Mason County, WV
Apple Grove
Ashton
Gallipolis Ferry
Glenwood
Hartford
Henderson
Leon
Letart
Mason
Mount Alto
New Haven
Point Pleasant
Southside
West Columbia

Cities in Mcdowell County, WV
Anawalt
Avondale
Bartley
Berwind
Big Sandy
Bradshaw
Cucumber
Davy
Eckman
Elbert
Elkhorn
Gary
Hensley
Iaeger
Isaban
Jenkinjones
Jolo
Kimball
Kyle
Maybeury
Mohawk
Newhall
Northfork
Pageton
Panther
Paynesville
Premier
Raysal
Roderfield
Squire
Switchback
Thorpe
War
Warriormine
Welch
Wilcoe

Cities in Mercer County, WV
Athens
Beeson
Bluefield
Bramwell
Camp Creek
Flat Top
Freeman
Hiawatha
Kegley
Kellysville
Lashmeet
Lerona
Matoaka
Montcalm
Nemours
Princeton
Rock
Spanishburg
Wolfe

Cities in Mineral County, WV
Burlington
Elk Garden
Fort Ashby
Keyser
New Creek
Piedmont
Ridgeley
Wiley Ford

Cities in Mingo County, WV
Baisden
Borderland
Breeden
Chattaroy
Delbarton
Dingess
Edgarton
Gilbert
Justice
Kermit
Lenore
Matewan
Naugatuck
Newtown
North Matewan
Ragland
Rawl
Red Jacket
Varney
Verner
Wharncliffe
Williamson

Cities in Monongalia County, WV
Morgantown

Cities in Monroe County, WV
Alderson
Ballard
Gap Mills
Greenville
Lindside
Peterstown
Secondcreek
Sinks Grove
Union
Waiteville
Wayside
Wolfcreek

Cities in Morgan County, WV
Berkeley Springs
Great Cacapon
Paw Paw

Cities in Nicholas County, WV
Belva
Birch River
Calvin
Canvas
Craigsville
Dixie
Drennen
Fenwick
Gilboa
Keslers Cross Lanes
Leivasy
Mount Lookout
Mount Nebo
Nettie
Pool
Richwood
Summersville
Swiss
Tioga

Cities in Pendleton County, WV
Brandywine
Circleville
Franklin
Riverton
Seneca Rocks
Sugar Grove
Upper Tract

Cities in Pleasants County, WV
Belmont
Saint Marys

Cities in Pocahontas County, WV
Arbovale
Bartow
Buckeye
Cass
Dunmore
Durbin
Green Bank
Hillsboro
Marlinton
Slatyfork
Snowshoe

Cities in Preston County, WV
Aurora
Eglon
Independence
Kingwood
Newburg
Rowlesburg
Terra Alta
Tunnelton

Cities in Putnam County, WV
Bancroft
Buffalo
Eleanor
Fraziers Bottom
Hometown
Hurricane
Liberty
Poca
Red House
Scott Depot
Teays
Winfield

Cities in Raleigh County, WV
Arnett
Artie
Beaver
Beckley
Bolt
Bradley
Clear Creek
Coal City
Colcord
Cool Ridge
Crab Orchard
Daniels
Dorothy
Dry Creek
Eccles
Fairdale
Ghent
Glen Daniel
Glen White
Harper
Helen
Josephine
Lanark
Lester
Mabscott
Mac Arthur
Midway
Naoma
Odd
Piney View
Princewick
Prosperity
Raleigh
Rhodell
Rock Creek
Saxon
Shady Spring
Skelton
Slab Fork
Sophia
Stanaford
Surveyor
White Oak

Cities in Randolph County, WV
Beverly
Bowden
Coalton
Dailey
Dryfork
Elkins
Ellamore
Glady
Harman
Helvetia
Huttonsville
Kerens
Mabie
Mill Creek
Monterville
Montrose
Norton
Pickens
Valley Bend
Valley Head
Whitmer

Cities in Ritchie County, WV
Auburn
Berea
Cairo
Ellenboro
Harrisville
Macfarlan
Pennsboro
Petroleum
Pullman
Smithville

Cities in Roane County, WV
Amma
Gandeeville
Left Hand
Looneyville
Newton
Reedy
Spencer
Walton

Cities in Summers County, WV
Forest Hill
Green Sulphur Springs
Hinton
Jumping Branch
Meadow Creek
Nimitz
Pence Springs
Pipestem
Sandstone
Talcott

Cities in Taylor County, WV
Flemington
Grafton
Rosemont
Simpson
Thornton

Cities in Tucker County, WV
Davis
Hambleton
Hendricks
Parsons
Red Creek
Thomas

Cities in Tyler County, WV
Alma
Friendly
Middlebourne
Shirley
Sistersville

Cities in Upshur County, WV
Adrian
Buckhannon
Cleveland
French Creek
Frenchton
Kanawha Head
Lorentz
Rock Cave
Selbyville
Tallmansville

Cities in Wayne County, WV
Ceredo
Crum
Dunlow
East Lynn
Fort Gay
Genoa
Huntington
Kenova
Kiahsville
Lavalette
Prichard
Shoals
Wayne
Wilsondale

Cities in Webster County, WV
Bergoo
Camden On Gauley
Cowen
Diana
Erbacon
Hacker Valley
Upperglade
Webster Springs

Cities in Wetzel County, WV
Folsom
Jacksonburg
New Martinsville
Paden City
Pine Grove
Porters Falls
Reader
Smithfield

Cities in Wirt County, WV
Brohard
Creston
Elizabeth
Palestine

Cities in Wood County, WV
Belleville
Davisville
Mineral Wells
Parkersburg
Rockport
Vienna
Walker
Washington
Waverly
Williamstown

Cities in Wyoming County, WV
Allen Junction
Amigo
Brenton
Bud
Clear Fork
Coal Mountain
Corinne
Covel
Cyclone
Fanrock
Glen Fork
Glen Rogers
Hanover
Herndon
Ikes Fork
Itmann
Jesse
Kopperston
Lynco
Maben
Marianna
Matheny
Mc Graws
Mullens
New Richmond
North Spring
Oceana
Pineville
Ravencliff
Rock View
Sabine
Saulsville
Simon
Stephenson
Wyco
Wyoming

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Retaining Wall Repair in West Virginia

a retaining wall installed in Parkersburg

This old retaining wall was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy.

Retaining walls are common along roadways, parking lots, and bodies of water. Basement walls are also a type of retaining wall -- and similar repair options are available for both.

The Problem:

Your retaining wall is showing signs of failure.

What is a Retaining Wall?

Retaining walls serve to retain the lateral pressure of soil. More simply, retaining walls are used to hold back soil and substrate from moving due to the effects of gravity and erosion. Retaining walls are typically designed out of concrete, stone, wood (including railroad ties), vinyl, masonry, steel, or brick.

Telltale Signs:

  • Tilting Walls
  • Separation of Retaining Wall from Adjoining Walls
  • Forward Movement of Wall or Wall Sections
  • Buckling, Cracked, or Crumbling Walls
  • Rotted Wood

How to Fix It:

We install either a wall anchor system or helical tieback system along the retaining wall to reinforce the structure.

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We have warranted solutions for failing retaining walls! Call us for a free retaining wall repair quote today! We serve Huntington, Charleston, Parkersburg, and many nearby areas in West Virginia.

Identifying Retaining Wall Failure

Signs of a failing retaining wall are usually easy to identify, as shown in the different examples below. The important thing to know is that these symptoms will become increasingly worse over time. Unless proper repairs are made, the wall will eventually fail completely.

Signs Of A Failing Retaining Wall

Most often, a retaining wall will show signs of failure in one of three ways:

a failing retaining wall around a driveway in Charleston

Collapsing/Tilting Retaining Walls

Soil issues and/or poor construction are often the culprits for retaining walls that are tilting. This can happen if the footing toe is too small or if the wall wasn't properly reinforced. Railroad tie retaining walls can begin to collapse due to wood rot or deterioration.

Most retaining walls require drainage "weeps". If water accumulates behind the wall, this additional weight can cause clay soils to expand, leading to cracks and tilting.

A retaining wall separating from the adjoining walls in Chapmanville

Retaining Walls Separating From Adjacent Walls

Like collapsing/tilting retaining walls, walls that are separating from adjacent walls are often caused by poor quality construction.

A separating retaining wall may have not been designed to withstand the weight that actually bears on the wall. Poor drainage and inadequate reinforcement or connection to the adjacent wall are other possible causes. In unusual cases, expansive soils may also cause a retaining wall to separate from an adjoining wall.

A collapsing, crumbling retaining wall in Dunbar

Crumbling/Failing Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can crumble for a wide variety of reasons, most related to improper design of the walls itself.

Often, the wall was not designed to bear the weight load behind it. In the case of concrete retaining walls, the issue may be inadequate, weak, or poorly mixed concrete.

Concrete retaining walls may also have been designed with inadequate steel rebar, resulting in insufficient strength.

Repairing Retaining Walls

A diagram of a foundation wall anchor system installation.
A graphic depiction of a helical wall anchor system installation.

(Above) A wall anchor system relies on the fixed position of an earth anchor and clamping pressure from an anchor rod.

(Below) A helical anchor system utilizes helix-shaped plates welded to the anchor shaft to pull the anchor deep into the soil.

To repair retaining walls, we at Basement Systems West Virginia typically recommend either wall anchors or helical tiebacks to restore structural integrity.

Both wall repair techniques use a strong steel wall bracket on the exterior of the retaining wall to brace the wall distribute the anchor's clamping pressure.

With both wall anchors and helical tiebacks, your foundation repair contractor will also attempt to return the wall to its original position, restoring its appearance and structural integrity.

Wall anchors accomplish this by driving an anchor rod through 1" holes driven into the retaining wall. These rods are connected to earth anchors that are placed within augured holes within the soil beyond the retaining wall.

Once assembled, the wall plate is installed, and the rod assembly is tightened. This can potentially straighten the wall and return it to its original position.

Helical anchors are installed from the exposed face of the retaining wall, through a hole cut in the wall. The anchor's helical blades help to pull it deep into the soil and anchor it there. After closing the hole in the retaining wall, a wall plate is installed and a nut is tightened over the protruding threaded rod to brace the wall.

Wall anchors are generally the more economical solution to repairing a retaining wall. However, in some cases, wall anchor installation is not a possibility, and helical anchor installation must be considered.

This includes situations where rocky soil is an issue, or when space restrictions make auguring a hole beyond the retaining wall an impractical solution. Your foundation repair specialist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate solution for you.

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What NOT To Do

Like other solutions for structural issues, you will encounter many options for repairing your retaining wall. Here are two "fixes" that we at Basement Systems West Virginia do NOT recommend:

Rusted wall plate anchors in a retaining wall repair in Weston.

Our wall anchor systems are designed with galvanized steel to help protect from rust and corrosion. We include a 25-year manufacturer's warranty with each installation, as well as our own in-house installation warranty.

Removing & Rebuilding The Retaining Wall:

Unless the retaining wall is showing extensive deterioration, removing the walls and rebuilding them should not be a necessary step.

Removing and rebuilding a retaining wall is an expensive, time-consuming process typically involves heavy equipment, major excavation, extra labor, and the loss of valuable landscaping features.

Poor Quality Wall Anchors:

Retaining wall anchors are exposed to the elements -- both in the soil and on the wall plates themselves.

If these anchors are poorly made or not treated to resist corrosion, they will quickly look old and unsightly. This will lower the property value possibly lead to early failure of the wall anchor system.

We recommend installing wall anchors made with galvanized steel -- with a written warranty that stands by the product for decades to come.

We Repair Retaining Walls In WV!

At Basement Systems West Virginia, we provide warranted solutions for retaining wall repair throughout West Virginia. For homeowners interested in learning more about their unique problem, we offer free, written retaining wall repair quotes at no obligation. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call or e-mail us today!

We proudly serve West Virginia areas such as Beckley, Fairmont, Martinsburg, Princeton, Saint Albans, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Frostburg, Buckhannon, Bluefield, Hurricane, Oak Hill, Keyser, Bridgeport, Vienna, Elkview, Oakland, Charles Town, Elkins and nearby.

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