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Slope Creep and Structural Support

Properties with natural slopes and hills can be beautiful, but also present problems over time. Slope creep and soil erosion, as well as drainage problems, can wreak havoc on your sloped space, even causing damage to your foundation and flooding if left unchecked for too long.

With proper structural support, you can keep your beautiful sloped terrain. Transblue offers many services to mitigate slope creep and stabilize your outdoor space, including retaining walls, drainage services, and other structural changes to make your backyard safe and sturdy.

Environmentally critical areas (or ECAs) can also be a source of anxiety for many homeowners. ECAs include properties with sensitive slopes, such as landslide-prone cliffs, wetlands, and similar areas requiring additional care. Transblue can help protect these regions with structural support, including retaining walls and soil grading, to help secure your property. 

Transblue is licensed, bonded, and insured, and proper permits are always part of our process—all part of the world-class Transblue experience.

Structural Support Services

What structural support services you’ll need depends on what problems you’re currently experiencing. 

Our team will analyze your backyard slope as well as any drainage problems and cosmetic issues you want to address so we can design the perfect solution to your problems. This process begins with a geotechnical report, which analyzes the conditions of the site to see what exactly needs addressing. These conditions include elevation, soil profile, and drainage, which are used to match the project to its ideal solution.

Structural solutions, like those covered below, can be beautiful, elegant additions to your outdoor spaces. Our experts know how to design you a space that’s safe, structurally sound, and aesthetically pleasing.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are one of the most common solutions to slope creep and other structural issues on properties of all kinds. A retaining wall is a structure, typically of rock, that holds soil in position. These walls can be used to reduce the overall slope of an area by creating tiers, spreading soil out over a greater distance, and reducing its tendency to slip. 

Retaining walls come in a variety of styles depending on your needs. No matter what style you need, Transblue’s retaining walls are designed to be both functional and beautiful, creating a harmonious, structured look that will keep your backyard safe and stable.

There are many kinds of retaining walls for both aesthetic appeal and structural support. Transblue is experienced in creating the exact style of wall you need to suit your structural and design needs. Here are some of the walls we build for customers:

 

A retaining wall made of concrete blocks.

Keystone Walls

Keystone walls are a common solution to many structural needs, as well as a great method of decorating the property. This style of retaining wall is made with concrete blocks that are stacked together in various formations and held together with pins, gravity, geotextile fabric, and interlocking concrete hubs. Though the most basic keystone blocks are gray, they can be chosen in a variety of colors and styles to add beauty to your outdoor space. They’re also a cost-effective choice and have a lot of versatility, making them a great choice for any number of design and structural issues.

LOCK+LOAD Walls

LOCK+LOAD walls use cantilevers to secure large areas with minimal space. These walls, which look similar to ecology block walls at first glance, are capable of supporting even large sensitive slopes with enough strength for roads and houses to sit safely on top of them. These panels come in many styles and colors to suit your design tastes, making them a flexible and incredibly secure solution to structural issues like slope creep.

Soldier Pile Walls

Soldier pile walls are one of the oldest forms of retaining walls in existence. Made from a variety of materials including steel, concrete, and wood, soldier piles can be temporary or permanent solutions to certain structural issues. They are particularly popular in urban settings, where space limitations may make it difficult to use sloped solutions. Soldier piles can also be combined with cantilevers for additional security. This is a quick, low-cost solution to many structural problems, but may not be right for every setting—consult professional contractors to ensure this is the right solution for your project.

Ecology Block Walls

Ecology blocks are large concrete blocks made from leftover concrete that might have once gone to waste. Built with interlocking in mind, ecology blocks fit together at the top and bottom to provide an additional level of security. Like many other forms of structural support, ecology blocks have a variety of applications. They are also suitable for both temporary and permanent structures, making them a versatile option for very large wall applications.

A multi-level riprap retaining wall made of natural stone.

Rip Rap Walls

Rip rap walls are used in areas that have drainage issues and sensitive slopes. This style of wall, also known by names like rip-rap, shot rock, and rubble walls, allow water to drain freely through the wall’s face. Built with three- or four-man rocks—referring to the weight of each rock, between 1200 and 2000 pounds—rip rap walls feature rocks stacked together and sloped backward by about six percent, holding soil in place with gravity. These natural rocks are also more aesthetically pleasing the typical concrete retaining wall block, giving rip rap walls a beautiful and organic look that works with any property.

Concrete Crib Walls

Crib walls are another type of concrete retaining wall. Like ecology blocks, crib walls are made of interlocking cement blocks in a more open style. Combined with free-draining material, this style, known as open web construction, can address some potential concerns for other kinds of retaining walls, such as the buildup of hydrostatic pressure and root growth. Crib walls are also appealing from an aesthetic perspective, as they can be easily planted with flowers and other plants to give the retaining wall a natural feel that blends in with any landscape.

Mutual Materials F100 Walls

Mutual Materials F100 walls are built of specific types of Mutual Materials blocks. These blocks are primarily used for landscaping gravity walls, which use the force of their own weight and their interlocking design to hold soil in place. F100 wall blocks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, making them a flexible option for garden landscaping. 

Flex MSE Walls

Flex MSE (mechanically stabilized walls) walls are a unique style of retaining walls made of polypropylene bags and interlocking plates. These walls are made to be covered with plants, which disguise the wall itself and make it look like a natural part of the landscape. These walls are low-cost and quite durable, lasting many years—according to the manufacturer, they have a 20-year ASTM System Life rating. Flex MSE walls are appropriate for a variety of uses, including large-scale slope stabilization.

A gambion retaining wall, made of wire containers holding stones.

Gabion Walls

Gabion walls are another aesthetically pleasing option with great capabilities for drainage. These walls are comprised of metal baskets filled with rock, stone, or cobble, which are then closed and set in place. They can be used decoratively in a backyard or as a functional structural wall lining a roadway—they are suitable for sensitive slopes, ECAs, noise barriers, flood walls, fish screens, and retaining walls. 

Drainage

Poor drainage can cause major issues for any outdoor space, including pooling water, soil erosion, and overall unpleasant sogginess that makes it hard to enjoy your outdoor space. Transblue can fix drainage problems with elegant, beautiful solutions like French drains, rain gardens, sump pumps, dry wells, backwater valves, backflow devices, driveway dreams, and even stormwater systems. We also provide clearing, grading, planting, and slope stabilization that will transform and protect your space.

Don’t let water accumulation and soil erosion keep you from appreciating your outdoor space. Call today and Transblue will design you a custom solution to your yard drainage needs that will not only make your yard safe and secure, but beautiful as well.

Transblue offers a variety of drainage solutions for your outdoor space. When we visit your property, we’ll inform you about what options are available to fix any of your yard drainage issues.

Surface Drainage

Surface drainage systems are effective at collecting excess water and directing it out of your yard if your home is built in an area with poor land grading. There are a variety of surface drainage system styles, but at their most basic, they collect water in a catch basin and funnel it away through underground pipes, trenches, or ditches. Surface drainage is a highly effective solution, but may require more ongoing maintenance than some other drainage options.

French Drains

French drains are a common solution for many drainage problems. French drains are gravel-lined trenches containing a perforated pipe with a slight slope to them, carrying water away from areas where it may pool. They can be installed at different depths for different purposes depending on what your unique needs are.

Slope Drainage

Slope drainage systems make use of natural landscape slopes to control water pooling and excess moisture in soil. Pipes made of concrete, steel, plastic, or similar materials are installed to funnel water away, using gravity to reliably move it.

Downspouts and Gutters

Gutters funnel excess water away from a house’s roof, but that can cause pooling at the exit point of the gutters. If that’s an issue in an outdoor space, downspouts can help further carry that excess water away from the house and to the street, drain, or another appropriate area. 

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