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Water / Drainage

Most problems associated with SRWs can be traced back, directly or indirectly, to water. The presence of water, whether or not anticipated, affects soil mechanics and places extra strain on a finished wall. Water trapped behind a wall greatly increases retained pressures. A high water table can weaken foundation soils to the point where they are unable to continue to support the wall. Moving water over the top or along the bottom of a finished wall can erode away the soil to the point where the wall becomes unstable and must be rebuilt. Finally, drainage must be considered during the construction period as well as when the wall and final grading is completed. Water “traffic” on an unfinished project site can be entirely different than what is designed for and intended on the completed project. In short, the presence of water accentuates weaknesses in wall design and/or construction. As such, care must be taken to avoid these water issues when designing and installing a ReCon “Series 50” retaining wall.

By the same token, ReCon “Series 50” units are an excellent choice for the unique challenges that water applications present. The durability, mass, footprint and specific gravity of a “Series 50” wall enables designers to comfortably tackle these applications.

Shoreline or seawall retaining wall applications are unique and should be treated as such. The design for these applications can vary significantly. Consult a qualified wall design engineer for these situations and make sure to check all governing code requirements.

The following diagram illustrates some of the special construction and design elements of a typical water application.

Impervious Soil Layer

Filter Fabric

Clean Crushed Drain Rock

Rip-rap to protect from scour

Compacted Aggregate Base

Filter Fabric Page 12

Undisturbed Native Soil

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