Engineer Your Way Out of a Scary Seawall Situation

This Halloween, Brizaga brought you seven (7) seawall nightmares sourced from real online reviews, each one about a different seawall contractor. If you have a seawall that you know needs repair or replacement, these stories might be enough to send shivers down your spine. But by having an experienced waterfront engineer on your side, you can be sure that your seawall project is easier than taking candy from a trick-or-treater (although we don’t recommend doing that).

Too often, property owners go straight to the contractor when they need to do a seawall project. To try to make it easier on the property owner, the contractor typically puts together the plans and retains an engineer to stamp them for approval. Does this really make things easier for you, or is it for the contractor’s benefit? How can you be sure that the engineer is designing the most appropriate, cost-effective design for your property and not just designing what the contractor has specified, especially if they’ve never been to the site?

By hiring the engineer directly, you can be absolutely certain that someone is looking out for you and your needs. With no ties to the contractor, they have a responsibility to you and only to you to make sure that you get the right project at the right time. Maybe that means a brand-new wall right now. Maybe that means a short-term fix to extend the life of the wall for a few years. In any case, you should know your options and the implications of each. Brizaga is here to help you identify those options and make the best choice for you.

Coming soon: Why batter piles and cap overpours do more harm than good.

Seawalls are a big expense, so it’s imperative that they’re done right the first time. Do your research, and make sure you have an engineer on you side looking out for you and your interests. Don’t let these nightmares become your reality.


“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

            -Red Adair


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To read our series “Seawall Horror Stories” click here or click the image below… you’ve been warned…