The only thing between your waterfront home and the Gulf of Mexico is a seawall. Whether you live directly on the Gulf, alongside Clearwater Harbor, or somewhere nearby, the salt water is trying to get in. Erosion is a natural process of tide and time. The ceaseless repetition of waves beating against a sea barrier can weaken its foundation and ultimately threaten your property. Therefore, periodic inspection and maintenance are important. And when you need expert seawall repair, count on the professionals at Priority Marine.
Erosion, Exposure, and Hurricanes in Clearwater
A traditional seawall constructed of steel-reinforced concrete has a life expectancy of approximately 30 years. Three decades of constant exposure to the corrosive effects of salt water will test even the most durable of substances. Also, Clearwater and the other Gulf Coast cities are at the mercy of hurricane season every June through November. Consequently, seawall repair along our coast is a year-round business. Hurricane winds and tides erode and decay walls from the inside out. Seawall failure doesn’t necessarily happen over a long period. A particularly violent storm can exacerbate an existing weakness, causing the wall to buckle or collapse.
Priority Marine uses synthetic construction materials from Crane Material International (CMI). The company’s Shoreguard barriers are corrosion resistant; they’re also flexible and install much more quickly than traditional materials. They leave a smaller footprint on the environment. CMI Shoreguard composite barriers are now protecting homeowners in all 50 states; consequently, you’ll find them all over Clearwater — the proud work of the Priority Marine team.
Is Seawall Repair In Your Immediate Future?
How do you know if you need seawall repair? Let’s say you have a traditional wall, made of concrete reinforced with steel rebar. Behind the wall, you might notice small sinkholes places where the soil is eroding inward and down through the structure. Again, this is a natural process working against an unnatural barrier. If you can see rust-colored cracks anywhere along the cap and down into the concrete, saltwater has seeped in and is corroding the structural rebar. Cracks, obviously, are a bad sign, indicating a compromise of the wall itself. The next storm may exert enough force to bring the entire thing down.
Materials including stone, treated wood, and coquina rock are used to build sea barriers in Clearwater. We use CMI composites in our construction, and recommend this advanced technology for seawall repair.