Wood Retaining Wall Contractor Northern Virginia2018-07-29T22:56:28+00:00

Wood Retaining Wall Contractor Northern Virginia

Wood retaining wall contractor Northern  Virginia is Fairfax Contractor. Fairfax Contractor can build a code compliant pressure-treated wood retaining wall for your Northern Virginia home. As a Virginia licensed class A contractor we have the credentials to not only design, pull the necessary building permits, and construct a legal pressure-treated wood retaining wall system for your home.  Not only does Fairfax Contractor build would retaining wall systems, we can also replace rotting existing wood retaining walls that you may have at your home. Other services that we provide include repairing deflecting pressure treated retaining walls in most counties in Northern Virginia including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Prince William County Virginia.Finding a good contractor to build your wood retaining wall system can be hard to find. Fairfax Contractor is appropriately licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a class A contractor’s license that is been endorsed with a (RBC) residential building contractor. In addition, we have the proper insurances including workman compensation insurance, and general liability insurance. We have a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and A rating with Angie’s list, and many many positive comments on social media platforms. We have the ability to build both residential and commercial pressure-treated wood retaining walls. If you are looking for a contractor to evaluate your wood retaining wall needs please fill out the free estimate form or call us at 703-725-7945 for a free estimate and consultation.  For more information on Fairfax Contractor retaining wall systems click this link.

Repairing a Deteriorating Wood Retaining Wall In Northern Virginia

Repairing a deteriorating wood retaining wall by Fairfax Contractor is possible if your existing wall has not deflected to a point of no return. Oftentimes existing wood retaining walls start to have some of their wood timbers deteriorate and it is possible to replace these members, without completely replacing your retaining wall. Many retaining walls built in Northern Virginia were constructed by contractors who did not get the necessary permits or did not understand how a wood retaining wall system needs to be built. One of the ways that we can restore a wood retaining wall, is to excavate behind the wall and install the necessary drainage system that keeps a wall from deflecting. A proper drainage system for a wood timber retaining wall requires a perforated four-inch drainpipe to be installed behind the wall. Filter fabric is then wrapped around the perforated pipe to keep it from being filled with sediment. Then filter fabric is also laid behind the wall, and then this area is filled with #57 gravel. This helps keep hydrostatic pressure from pushing against your wood retaining wall, allowing it to stop deflecting. So, if you are a homeowner in Northern Virginia and are looking for a professional opinion on if you’re existing retaining wall can be repaired, don’t hesitate to give us a call and receive a free evaluation and estimation of cost.

How to properly construct a pressure-treated wood retaining wall in Northern Virginia

How to properly construct a pressure-treated wood retaining wall is a question that many contractors probably don’t have the answer to. But here Fairfax Contractor we have the ability to build a code compliant timber retaining wall that will certainly stand the test of time. If your project for a new pressure-treated wall is less than 3 feet according to the Virginia universal building code, no permit is necessary to build such a wall. The first step in constructing a wall built of timber to retain earth is to determine the location. Working with our design team we will explain you just how we go about building these wood retaining walls. There are two main elements that keep this retaining wall system in place, one is that the retaining wall utilizes gravity to keep hydrostatic pressure away from the wall. The second element is the pressure-treated retaining wall is pinned back behind the wall with a series of dead men and whalers. These dead men and whalers anchor the retaining wall into the soil behind the retaining wall to create a very stable wall. It shall be noted that all lumber used in construction of a wood retaining wall according to local codes shall be 6 x 6 pressure-treated lumber in accordance with the American would observers Association standards for ground contact. Typically, we utilize pressure-treated southern pine six #2 or better in building our retaining wall systems. We construct the 6 x 6 is which are spiked together with 60 D hot dipped galvanized, or stainless-steel nails. All member joints are anchored so that the spikes are driven into the adjoining wood, with a minimum of 2 inches of penetration. Typically, the dead men are installed every eight but on center. And as the wall is built up these dead men are staggered on each course as the wall is built up. Dead men and whalers need to be tied back into the area behind the wall at a minimum of 6 feet. Once the wall has been constructed, and if it is over 3 feet in height, a backfilled inspection will be required by most Northern Virginia counties. To pass the backfill inspection we will install a 4-inch perforated pipe, wrapped in filter, with a little bit of #57 stone in place. After a positive backfill inspections been done we will install 12 inches behind the retaining wall with # 57 stone to the water away from the wall, placing less hydrostatic stress on the structure. Final step is cleanup, topping off the 57 stone with dirt, and a final inspection. Once your wall has been final out by the local Northern Virginia building authorities you will have a legal retaining wall system.

Permit Requirements and For A Wood Retaining  Wall in Northern Virginia

If you’re pressure-treated wood retaining wall is over 3 feet tall we will need to obtain a building permit to construct your retaining wall in Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Fairfax County, in the city of Alexandria. As long as there are no conditions, such as problem soils, or setback requirements, getting a permit is quite easy. This in the end, will assure that your retaining wall is a legal structure, and is gone through all of the inspection process to make sure that it is built correctly. To obtain a permit for a pressure-treated wood retaining wall over 3 feet requires us to go through zoning, health if you are on a septic system, site, and plan review. In the permitting process the engineers in your respective counties will check our plans to make sure that they are code compliant. There are many contractors in Northern Virginia that will request the homeowner to pull the permit for the retaining wall project. This is a red flag, if you pull the permit for your retaining wall you will be liable for any code violation. It’s important to hire a professional that is properly licensed to build, and get the permit to build a wood retaining wall project.

Where Fairfax Contractor Installs Wood Retaining Walls In Northern Virginia

Fairfax Contractor wood retaining walls in the Northern Virginia Counties including Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County VA. We also custom build clay brick patios in the following Fairfax County cities including Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Clifton, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Great Falls, Herndon, Kingstown, Langley, Lake Barcroft, Lorton, McLean, Newington, North Springfield, Oakton, Oak Hill, Reston, Springfield, Sterling, Tyson’s Corner, and the Vienna, Virginia. Fairfax Contractor also is licensed to do work in Arlington County, including the cities of Arlington Forest, Ballston Crossings, Cherrydale, Claremont, Rivercrest, Westover, and Yorktown, Virginia. In Loudoun County, we install all types hardscape brick patio projects in the cities of Ashburn, Aldie, Bristow, Dulles, Countryside, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Purcellville, Potomac Falls, South Riding, and Stone Ridge Virginia. And finally, we work in the cities of, Prince William County, including Dumfries, Dale City, Gainesville, Haymarket, Lake Manassas, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Manassas Park, Occoquan, Triangle, York Shire, and Woodbridge Virginia.