How To Get Your Waterfront Property Ready By Maintaining Your Dock And Installing Proper Seawall Drainage

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When you are the owner of waterfront property, it is important to maintain the waterline and any structures built on it. Maintaining a seawall along your property will prevent water erosion of your land and makes your property look well-kept. Your dock is also an important structure to maintain to provide you with safe access to the water and your boat. Here are instructions to help you clean and maintain your dock and install seawall drainage to prevent seawall damage.

Clean and Maintain Your Dock

It is important to maintain the wood on your dock by applying a sealant once a year to keep it in good condition. To prepare your dock for applying a sealant, you need to clean its surface to get rid of any algae, mold growth, peeling paint, and other dock debris. You can use a pressure washer with a yellow-colored 15-degree tip, which will remove residue and growths without using any cleaners. The pressure washer is also helpful for removing any peeling paint from the dock. 

If you need to use a cleaner to remove any residue from the dock, be sure it is safe for marine use and will not hurt the environment. You can make your own environmentally safe dock cleaner by combining three parts of olive oil with one part of white vinegar. Use this mixture with a sponge or damp cloth to clean your dock. You can also make a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste to remove any grease stains from your dock.

Now that your dock is cleaned, you can apply dock sealant to the wood to prepare it for another year of use. Dock sealant can be found at most marine supply stores and local home improvement stores. Follow the instructions on the sealant's container to apply it and allow it to fully dry.

Repair Seawall Drainage

A major cause of seawall damage occurs when hydrostatic water pressure on the land backs up behind the seawall, causing it to fail. If you live in a northern climate, water backing up behind your seawall can freeze into ice, which also puts a great amount of pressure on the seawall, causing it to collapse. For this reason, you will need to install a seawall drain if your seawall has none.

If your seawall was built with a drain system, it is a good idea to replace it if the drainage has become clogged by soil and silt after years of use. An indication you need to replace a seawall's drainage system is if you notice your seawall beginning to collapse, crack, or lean toward the water. 

To repair your seawall drainage, first, excavate the soil away from the back side of your seawall, so you can install the materials to build a French drain. The excavated area should be two feet wide by two feet deep on the land side of the entire length of your seawall barrier. 

Next, line the excavated trench with geo-textile drain fabric and fill the ditch with crushed gravel. Cover the top of the filler gravel with a layer of geo-textile fabric to protect the drainage gravel from becoming clogged with soil, as this will cause the drain to stop working. Fill the excavated soil back over the french drain system.

Now you have installed the French drain along the entire length of your property's seawall. Next, install two-inch wide weep holes through both ends of your property's length of seawall. This will allow drainage water to flow from the French drain behind the seawall and relieve the hydrostatic pressure built up against the wall. For ongoing maintenance, it is important to excavate a portion of your French drain every few years to ensure it is still working properly and has not become clogged with soil.

Use this information for seawall repair and to maintain your waterfront property's seawall and dock.


31 May 2016

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