What are some of the threats to a seawall and what does the inspection include?
Seawalls are made to withstand heavy loads of pressure, but it is also crucial that they also allow for proper drainage of water. The salt water can also have a corrosive effect and extreme weather can test the design of these walls. A regular evaluation and proper maintenance of these walls can prevent small issues from becoming major problems and expenses down the road. Seawalls are not typically covered by insurance and undetected problems can become the sole responsibility of the home owner. Many sea walls are reaching the later stages of their life expectancies and need to be evaluated for their structural integrity. Our desire is to offer every home buyer has as much information as they desire from an unbiased professional in hopes of preventing any unexpected surprises down the road.
What do Seawall Inspections include?
It should assess the physical condition while giving a projection of the remaining life expectancy. This evaluation will also include recommendation for maintenance as well as repairs that may be needed.
What type of sea wall construction exists in our area?
The most common type of sea wall in our area are concrete sea walls. Other seawalls may include vinyl, wood, steel/ aluminum, composite or even stone.
What common issues are typically observed during seawall inspection?
Deficiencies in seawalls may include cracks and brown rust stains throughout the wall. Sometimes soil loss and erosion can affect the integrity of the wall. Corroded tie rods can compromise the strength, performance and life expectancy of the seawall. It is also not uncommon to find re-bar that is compromised and rusting out. You may observe walls that are starting to shear, break apart or lean as a result of some of the key structural components that could be failing.
We work with local seawall professionals to give you the best information possible. This is not a part of the standard home inspection, but is an additional service that can be added through a local sea wall professional to give you the power of making the best educated decision when purchasing your home.