Construction Company Says Retaining Walls Not a DIY Project

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., ( a foundation construction and general contractor company in Los Angeles, has had many years of experience in the construction field, largely with their specialty of home foundation repair and replacement but also home construction projects such as the construction of retaining walls. Due to the complexity of the process and the number of different types of retaining walls that may be used, the company strongly recommends that only a licensed professional construct a retaining wall for a home.

A retaining wall is a stabilizing structure used when soil on a slope threatens to spill and cause soil erosion, ruining the landscape or causing other problems with the home’s foundation. A retaining wall holds back the falling soil and redistributes the pressure of the sloping ground. Many different materials are used for a wall, such as concrete, steel, stone, brick, composites, wood and even glass. There are also several different types of walls, from those that use the wall’s own weight to hold back the soil to those which are supported by heavy steel cables. The type of wall needed is determined by the type and quantity of soil in the landscape, as well as the amount of space for the wall and other factors.

Due to the variety of different types of retaining walls, each one required by a different set of circumstances for that yard, Julian Construction strongly recommends that homeowners only use a licensed professional foundation contractor with many years experience constructing retaining walls on different properties. Retaining wall projects done by inexperienced individuals could lead to a wall not strong enough to hold up the soil, drainage problems (which would damage the wall) or other problems which would lead to having to reconstruct the retaining wall entirely.

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “We have often installed a retaining wall where the soil erosion was the factor causing foundation damage. Definitely, if soil erosion is not handled in a home it will cause problems for a landscape but also can cause problems for the structure itself: if the soil is going away from the foundation it can weaken it. Homeowners also use a retaining wall to create more usable space in their yard. Whatever the reason it is needed, always hire a professional to construct a retaining wall.”

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at