Retaining Wall Blues
I swear I posted this earlier today but it never showed up... Is there some kind of approval process for new forum threads? Anyway, here goes (again):
I have a walkout basement with retaining walls on either side (big cement slabs...not stone or landscape block. They come straight out from the house and then angle outward. One of them is split at the wing and the other one is starting to (at the wing). A couple years ago or so, I had it estimated to be fixed. I think the guy said $2500 for the one and $1500 for the other, although I'm sure since the second one has become worse since then, the price has gone up.
After giving me the estimate, the man said it would be cheaper for me to have my landscaper just tear down the wings and smooth out the grade. He said it was far enough out from the house it shouldn't be a problem.
I showed it to my landscaper and he wasn't too keen on the idea. He said even if he smoothed it out there'd still be a foot high hump that would allow water to drain toward my house (bad).
I'm looking for ideas/suggestions on what to do. Do I just eventually suck it up and pay $4000 to repair the ugly retaining wall? I have a feeling that's what I'm going to have to do, but I thought I'd see if anyone had other ideas.
I think the wall is about 5 and a half feet tall at the point where it is split.
Also, I'm adding a link with pictures... let me know if it doesn't work.
Here is a link that might be useful: Retaining Wall