Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are one of the most important items for a home, if you have a need. Yet most people do not pay attention to them until something goes wrong. So far, 2015 has been record-breaking for rainfall. This rain is very stressful for retaining walls, and most people are not aware of this. A retaining wall is usually in place to retain soil. Often times it’s an embankment in a backyard that needs to be leveled out, or a slope close to a home to protect the foundation. Either way, when the soil that is against a retaining wall has been saturated with water, the weight is increased enormously which adds stress to the wall. Constructed correctly, what we call “overly built”, helps to keep this wall in place. The wall may be there for years or even decades, but when that first year comes around, you better hope your wall is constructed correctly by contractors who know what they are doing.

At McFall Masonry and Construction, we have built hundreds of retaining walls over 3 decades, and these walls are still in place today. You simply cannot trust that the wall will be constructed correctly. If the wall is less than 4 feet in height, it doesn’t require a permit, so it’s not engineered by a structural engineer. A 3-foot high retaining wall holds a lot of soil and can be very critical in it’s function. You may not know the details about the structure of a retaining wall, but you can ask questions to see if the contractor seems to know what they are talking about. One certain wall does not fit all circumstances. What’s good for one situation may not work for the next details of slope and home etc.

About 17 years ago, McFall Masonry and Construction was called out to a retaining wall that had collapsed into a creek that runs through a subdivision. This particular year had a heavy rain event during the winter. Day after day, this creek I speak of turned into a mini river, which by the way was retaining a street in this subdivision. The soil between the street and wall became overly saturated. The now mini river had been rushing against this 5’ high rock retaining wall for days. This wall was about 7 years old, you would think it would stay in place forever, not so. The retaining wall finally collapsed into the creek. We rebuilt this wall, taking heavy equipment to divert the water in the creek. We then removed everything and to our surprise, there was no foundation. The wall was constructed with the rock for over a foot deep, but below that was only 2” or mortar.

McFall Masonry and Construction rebuilt this wall correctly. We have had plenty of weather events in the past 17 years, including the wettest May in North Texas history. I drive past this retaining wall often. It is still perfectly in place, still standing after all these years. Call McFall Masonry and Construction for all your retaining wall needs.

Pricing

Let’s talk prices. First let’s talk about material prices. Meaning the cost of stone, cement, sand, concrete for your patios. Years ago, prices would only go up in the spring, and then only about every three years. This simply is not the...

Its the End Of Summer

The end of the summer of 2015 is finally here and it flew by didn’t it? We had a lot of rain here in North Texas this past spring, which is probably why if seemed to go by so quickly. In North Texas our summers typically start around...

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    The heat is on in North Texas. It’s August, and we can always count on the heat. This year, at least right now in early August, the temps are up with a vengeance. Precautions are always needed in this weather when it comes...

Moisture-Caused Construction Failures

It’s now mid-summer 2015 and wow, did we have a wet wet spring. The wettest May in history and the wettest spring over all since 1957 in North Texas. We still have roads under water from over flowing lakes in North Texas. Water under the...

Sealing Masonry

At McFall Masonry & Construction we offer many services. We install all types of masonry including flagstone, brick, chopped rock, builders rock, countertops, and fabricated stone. Many of these types of natural products can be sealed and at...

Sealing of Concrete

      The sealing of masonry and concrete can be a very important aspect of your project- although most customers are not aware of this process, and most do not choose to make this application. Let’s go over a few...

Construction and the Weather

The weather plays a huge role in your construction projects. During the spring in North Texas, we can receive a lot of rain. The last couple of years during springtime, it's been pretty mild with not much rain. This was great for Mcfall masonry...

Mortar Repairs

  At McFall Masonry and Construction, we are involved in all area of masonry and concrete. This includes all uses of rock, whether builders or chopped rock. We are involved in all area of flagstone work- whether it’s for a patio, walkway,...

Concrete Precautions

The pouring of concrete can be a strange thing. Often we may think the pouring of concrete is no big thing. After all, we see construction workers pouring concrete all the time. So, what’s the big deal? At McFall Masonry, we are almost...

Flagstone

Flagstone is a very popular masonry material for many home improvement projects here in North Texas. At McFall Masonry, we have completed hundreds of projects with flagstone. There are many different styles and possibilities: flagstone patios,...

Hardwood Floors

At Mcfall Construction, we are involved with many aspects of home improvement. One of these home improvements is wood flooring. Flooring comes in many types, shapes and sizes. It seems in this part of the construction industry, flooring changes and...

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

At Mcfall Masonry, we have constructed and developed many, many fireplaces and fire pits. Outdoor fireplaces became very popular around 2000, with even outdoor patio areas being somewhat rare before then. For the next decade, McFall Masonry...

Springtime with McFall

Spring is here in Texas. At McFall Masonry & Construction we’re always excited when spring finally arrives. As most of you know, the weather changes rapidly in North Texas.  We can have ice and snow on a Friday and by Monday...

More on Concrete

Pouring concrete is an interesting beast.  Pouring concrete never gives us the same reaction on any given day. At McFall Masonry and Construction, we have probably poured concrete well over 3000 times and one thing stays the same, it’s...

Spring is Fast Approaching

Spring is upon us in North Texas, or so it seems. At McFall Masonry and Construction we’ve noticed that even though it’s February, springtime thinking is upon us. Its been a very mild winter thus far, especially compared to the last...

Experience is Important

Experience in the construction industry is extremely important. Often, the typical homeowner doesn’t really think about it. Just because a few guys show up in a truck, does not mean they have extensive experience. If a tradesman is what we...

It's Time for an Estimate

When receiving an estimate from McFall Masonry, keep in mind you can expect to work with highly experienced tradesman who are able to communicate in fluent English and answer any questions you may have about your project throughout the entire...

Is now the best time of year to start your project?

Yes! January is the time to get started on your outdoor home improvements. We often think that the best time of year to get things done is in the spring, or even later in the year, but the time is now. The costly holidays are over, tax returns are...
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