What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a structure that holds or retains soil behind it. There are many types of materials that can be used to create retaining walls like concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks or boulders. Some are easy to use, others have a shorter life span, but all can retain soil.

Retaining walls are vertical or near-vertical structures designed to retain material on one side, preventing it from collapsing or slipping or preventing erosion. They provide support to terrain where the soil’s angle of repose is exceeded, and it would otherwise collapse into a more natural form. The principal characteristic of a retaining wall is being able to withstand the pressure exerted by the retained material, which is usually soil or stone.


Types of retaining walls

There are 7 different types of retaining walls, which are:
  • Gravity
  • Reinforced Earth
  • Sheet piled wall
  • Anchored Rods
  • Gabion Wall
  • Crib Wall
  • Pile wall

All these applications could benefit from a Ischebeck TITAN ground anchors or tension micropiles.

Ground anchors, otherwise known as an earth, percussion driven or mechanical anchors, are versatile devices used to hold, restrain, and support building, civil engineering, and other structures, either permanently or temporarily. They are lightweight, corrosion-resistant anchors that can be installed from ground level using portable drilling equipment, depending on size and ground conditions. When loaded, they exert pressure on a cone of the ground that surrounds their length, providing very good resistance to movement.