Summer is here! This means that you will probably be out on the water more, enjoying leisurely time on your boat. Did you know that most of the original sea walls built in Miami-Dade County are now between 50-60 years old, nearing the end of their serviceable life? Evolve Property Inspections specializes in sea wall inspections, so you can keep your waterfront home or property safe. We will explain how we inspect your sea wall, and why proper maintenance is so critical.
What is the Purpose of a Sea Wall Inspection?
Many of the sea walls originally built in Miami have already been replaced. The remaining original ones could be very vulnerable, especially if they haven’t been properly maintained throughout their lifetime. A sea wall inspection will tell you the condition of your sea wall, whether there is damage that can be repaired, and the estimated age and amount of remaining serviceable life. Thanks to advancements in technology in the materials used to construct sea walls, a new one built by a professional company can now last for 70-80 years.
How Do Sea Wall Inspections Work?
Our 3rd party team will survey the sea wall or near-water structure’s elevation, grading, soil properties, depth, materials, exposure to hydraulic pressure and levels, stability, and condition. An underwater inspection by a professional diver will often uncover hidden problems because there are erosion signs, missing footers, and cracks that can be seen only underwater. We evaluate the condition of the sea wall and provide an in-depth analysis of the overall viability and estimated lifespan of the structure, and will recommend required repairs. After the inspection, you will receive a detailed report and photographs.
Why Are Sea Wall Inspections so Critical?
There are many changes in our environment, such as increased storm activity, that present more challenges to those living on or close to the water. That means infrastructure that acts as a barrier between the land and water needs constant monitoring. It’s a good idea to add an annual inspection to your sea wall maintenance routine so that you will be able to see any areas that need attention and fix them before the problem becomes too costly. Since the average cost to construct a new sea wall is around $800 to $1000 per linear foot, regular maintenance and repairs are the much more cost-efficient option.
Schedule Your Seawall Inspection Today
Evolve Property Inspections provides comprehensive inspections to equip our clients to be informed buyers and sellers. Besides sea wall inspections, we provide home inspections, condo inspections, pre-listing inspections, and more. Contact us at (305) 506-8969 to request a quote or schedule now. We serve Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas including Kendall, Pinecrest, and Coral Gables.