Can You Move a Retaining Wall?

Can You Move a Retaining Wall?

When it comes to retaining walls, they are usually permanently placed wherever they are installed, unless they need repair. However, did you know there are certain instances in which retaining walls can be moved?

That’s why, in this blog, we will provide the answers you need when it comes to the question ‘Can you move a retaining wall?’

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working on their part-time project to commercial clients, and everyone in between.

Monthly construction output had risen an estimated 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.

Providing Interlocking Concrete Blocks, Retaining Walls, and Jersey Barrier Blocks, PPC is the trusted option when it comes to concrete products and their applications.

Is there an alternative to making a retaining wall?

Is there an alternative to making a retaining wall?

For anyone who thinks that a retaining wall is too much of a labour and time-intensive process, unfortunately, the alternatives are no less complicated. This is because regardless of what you use for a retaining wall, the land it is retaining has to be held back.

Unless you want to remove all of the land from the slope and level it out entirely, you have no other options. If you want to have the function of a retaining wall, but with a more natural aesthetic, you have two options.

Landscaping boulders

Make no mistake, this option is not achievable by anyone searching for large rocks in their area, landscaping boulders are specifically collected and distributed by professionals. So you would need to collaborate with them if you intend to use their boulders as your retaining wall.

This method will be exceedingly difficult the higher your retaining wall needs to be.

Sticks and stones

Similar to landscaping boulders, the sticks and stones required, in addition to allowances for drainage etc will need to be organised and conducted by professionals. Retaining walls that are truly natural need greater precision to install with no faults.

Can you move a retaining wall?

Why are my concrete blocks crumbling?

In a vast majority of cases, retaining walls can not be moved once they have been erected. However, depending on what you use to construct the retaining wall, this can be possible.

If you use Interlocking Concrete Blocks to construct your retaining wall, then there is the potential to ‘move’ or disassemble the retaining wall after it has been erected. However, this should only be done in instances in which the land the wall has been retaining is removed. If the land is still pressed against the retaining wall upon removal, it can cause a mini landslide.

The reason Interlocking Concrete Blocks can allow a retaining wall to be moved is due to the simple yet effective interlocking feature present on each block. With studs and recesses at the top and bottom respectively, they only require accurate placement to interlock with each other and lifting to unlock them.

That being said, due to the heavyweight nature of our Interlocking Concrete Blocks, using heavy lifting equipment is the best and safest method to remove the blocks without injury or difficulty.

Why would a retaining wall need to be moved?

Again, in most cases, a retaining wall would have no reason to move once it has been erected. However some applications of a retaining wall may be temporary, hence why the wall would need to be removed after a certain amount of time.

As we mentioned before, disassembling a retaining wall should only be performed if the land being held by the retaining wall is removed. Neglecting to do so will likely result in damage both physically and in the surrounding environment.

Can I move a retaining wall myself?

If you have the heavy lifting equipment necessary and constructed your retaining wall with Interlocking Concrete Blocks, then yes. You can essentially move the retaining wall yourself. However, if your retaining wall is in a public area, or borders a public area, be sure to get the relevant permission to conduct the move before beginning.

Can I be ordered to move a retaining wall?

Yes. If relevant government bodies deem your retaining wall to be insufficient, unsafe, or illegal, it can be ordered to be removed. That being said, as long as you get the relevant permissions, and build your retaining wall with the guidance of professionals using the best materials, this will not be an issue.

The best block to use for a retaining wall

Why does a retaining wall need waterproofing?

In our opinion, the best option to use when it comes to constructing a retaining wall is through the use of Interlocking Concrete Blocks.

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a reliable and durable form of pre-cast concrete blocks. Featuring a unique interlocking feature, which provides not only a heavyweight reinforced structure but also the ability to create a secure connection without binding elements such as cement.

This makes it a perfect, relatively quick and simple-to-install alternative to traditional brick/block structures. The durable heavyweight nature of these concrete blocks enables them to stand the test of time and stand the collective weight of the land it is holding behind it. Once interlocked, this potential only increases.

There are many advantages of Interlocking Concrete Blocks, one of which is their multiple methods of application, they can be used for a variety of projects.

Uses of Interlocking Concrete Blocks

Here is a list of some of the uses that Interlocking Concrete Blocks can facilitate.

  • Material Storage bays
  • Blast walls
  • Salt stores
  • Crash protection
  • Push walls
  • Security barriers
  • Segregation bays, i.e. recycling centres
  • Retaining walls
  • Industrial buildings
  • Fire breaks
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

How much does it cost to make a retaining wall?

How much does it cost to make a retaining wall?

There is no definite answer to this, as there are too many factors in the way that prevent a standardised price from being presented for a retaining wall. They are charged on a job-by-job basis. The factors that affect the price of a retaining wall include…

  • The height of the retaining wall.
  • The length of the retaining wall.
  • Where the retaining wall is located.
  • The cost of materials.
  • The cost of labour (which will vary depending on who you choose to construct the retaining wall).
  • The cost of hiring machinery (If required).
  • The amount of time spent on the project as a whole.
  • Planning the retaining wall project, or making amendments to the plan once you begin collaboration.

These are the basic elements that come into play when it comes to the cost of a retaining wall. Please remember that there may be additional factors that affect the pricing.

Do retaining walls need maintenance?

As long as your retaining wall is constructed correctly, it won’t need maintenance. However, you should check it regularly to ensure the walls are not bending over time, and that the drainage is working correctly.

Invest in a concrete retaining wall today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘Can you move a retaining wall?’, whilst also providing additional information including construction solutions that we offer.

Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.

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