Retaining Wall Posts Are Rotted

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

Retaining Wall Posts Are Rotted

 

 

We are working on replacing a long section of retaining walls in Cameron Park made of wood. The wood posts, though pressure treated to preserve, are rotten in the center of the post. It appears that the tops and bottoms of the pressure treated lumber was not protected. Most manufactures recommend adding chemical protection to the cut surfaces to prevent this from happening.

 

Comments (13)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Tom,

That is true now but probably not then or it was planned obsolescence!

Make yourself a great day.

Oct 12, 2015 10:54 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The galvaniztd lag bolt and proximity to irrigation didn't help matters either. Where's the Thompson's when you need it?

Oct 12, 2015 11:03 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen a retaining wall on a property that was installed properly or already deteriorating if it is more than a couple of years old.

Retaining wall says, "Don't buy me".

Oct 12, 2015 11:10 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Looks like a big job and they hired the right guy for it too Tom.

Oct 12, 2015 11:21 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

90% of what we sell will have those walls along the shoreline of the lake.  It's important the piers are not cut on the end that goes into the ground and that the top end is site treated as well.

Oct 12, 2015 11:42 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It could be but it did last 30 years or so Raymond E. Camp .  

Oct 12, 2015 11:56 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Good Point! There are lots of things working against this post Kevin J. May .

Oct 12, 2015 11:57 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It's not always easy changing the forces of nature Lenn Harley

Oct 12, 2015 11:58 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks Roger D. Mucci , I hope to live up to the task at hand. 

Oct 12, 2015 11:58 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

These boards are designed for this contact contact with soil and water, but it has to be done correctly to last. Thanks Tammy Lankford !

Oct 13, 2015 12:00 AM
Tammy Lankford,

We have a local place that sells. "soaked" treated lumber for seawalls.  And I'm sure they aren't allowed to use what they were using 40 years ago, but I've seen some docks and seawalls that are still in satisfactory  condition that are 40+ years old.  Newer ones don't last that long.

Oct 13, 2015 12:05 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Yeah, I'd say those posts are a bit damaged! We have bad termites here in the desert so any wood to earth contact is not advised. 

Oct 13, 2015 03:00 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Tom. I bet ya when you're done it will be done right...  Wan ta take my bet?  

Oct 13, 2015 08:22 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If the bottoms aren't dipped in copper naphthenate or some other like chemical the centers are bait for destruction!

Oct 13, 2015 11:18 PM