Guide To Seawalls

VISUAL INSPECTION QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Does this seawall Appear to be out of line?
Yes _____
No _____
  Top of cap not level or irregular in any way?
Yes _____
No _____
  Wall leaning out at top?
Yes _____
No _____
2. Is there signs of soil eroding from behind the seawall?
Yes _____
No _____
3. Does the seawall cap have horizontal cracks?
Note:  Hairline cracks perpendicular to the cap are in most cases normal shrinkage cracks.
Yes _____
No _____
4. Are there pieces of the cap missing, or signs of sections of the cap about to fall off?
Yes _____
No _____
5. Are there any horizontal cracks in the seawall slabs just below the seawall cap.
Yes _____
No _____
6. Are there any horizontal cracks in the seawall slabs in or around the barnacle line?
Yes _____
No _____

NOTE:  If any of the questions above were answered with a YES, it is advisable to recommend that a qualified engineer or marine contractor do a more extensive inspection of the seawall.

In many cases, even if all of the answers are NO, the seawall should still be looked at by a qualified engineer or marine contractor, who can recommend possible preventative measures, to insure the seawall will continue to protect the property for many years to come.

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