Retaining Wall Repair: MSE, Gabion, Pile, Historic Rock Walls


MSE Wall Repair and Rehabilitation

MSE stands for Mechanically Stabilized Earth. MSE walls are designed to resist lateral forces exerted by soil or other materials and to stabilize slopes.

The walls are typically constructed using precast concrete facing panels, which are attached to a reinforcement system. This reinforcement system typically consists of layers of geotextile fabric, which are placed between layers of compacted fill material. The facing panels are then anchored to the reinforcement system to create a stable structure that resists the lateral forces.

MSE walls are widely used in highway and railway construction, as well as for retaining walls in commercial and residential construction projects. They are a cost-effective and efficient solution for stabilizing slopes and providing structural support for various types of structures.

Contact Us

Common Causes for MSE Wall Failures

Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls are routinely constructed without adequate drainage or compaction, using widely spaced reinforcement and low-quality, on-site clay soils. These lapses can cause significant movement or collapse of a section, hindering a wall’s performance.

Get In Touch

Contact Us Today

Benefits of Repairing an MSE Wall In-Place

Repair and rehabilitation of an MSE wall is often 30% of the total replacement cost, and our crews can complete the work around existing structures. GeoStabilization International’s solutions are backed by an industry-leading Design/Build/Warranty solution for a 75-year design life.

Gabion Walls, Steel Pile Walls, & Historic Rock Walls

Gabion walls are retaining walls that are constructed using wire mesh baskets filled with rocks, gravel, or other types of loose fill. The wire baskets are typically made of galvanized steel and are filled with rocks or other materials to create a stable structure.

Gabion wall repairs offer several advantages over other types of retaining wall repairs. They are highly permeable, which allows water to flow through them, reducing hydrostatic pressure and preventing damage from water buildup. They are also flexible, which means they can absorb the forces exerted by the soil and other materials they are holding back, reducing the risk of failure.

Sheet pile walls are retaining walls that are constructed using interlocking steel, vinyl, or wood sheet piles. These piles are driven into the ground and interlocked to create a continuous wall that provides support and stability to the surrounding soil.

Sheet pile walls are commonly used in situations where there is limited space or access, or where soil conditions make it difficult to construct other types of retaining walls.

Historic rock walls were typically constructed using locally sourced materials, such as limestone, granite, or sandstone, and were built using traditional techniques, such as dry stone construction or mortared masonry. These walls were used for a variety of purposes, such as to define property boundaries, to retain soil, to control erosion, or to provide shelter from wind or animals.

Restoration and preservation of historic rock wall repairs can be a challenging task, requiring specialized knowledge of traditional construction techniques and materials, as well as a deep understanding of the cultural and historical context of the wall. The use of modern materials and techniques must be carefully balanced with the need to maintain the authenticity and integrity of the historic wall.

Industries We Serve

Why Choose GeoStabilization for Retaining Wall Repair

When retaining walls start to fail, GeoStabilization International® provides turn-key solutions and is the Trusted Source for all types of Retaining Wall Repairs and Rehabilitation. Our team members have developed a suite of specialty tools and equipment to repair these structures in place without the need for significant excavation and complete replacement. That translates to cost and time savings and minimal impact to surrounding roadways, infrastructures, and residents.

GeoStabilization also employs a group of skilled masons trained to emulate a wide variety of historic rock stacking patterns, and GeoStabilization’s engineering team is experienced in working with local historical societies. Our team of design engineers, operators, and skilled masons can repair and restore even the most deteriorated rock walls. If the facing is primarily intact, an array of SuperNails™ can provide reinforcement. If the wall has deteriorated enough, a combination of permanent stabilization and skilled restacking of the salvaged stone can return the wall to its original appearance.


  • Rehabilitation solution often 30% of replacement cost
  • Project duration is weeks, not months
  • Engineered solutions for a 75-year design life
  • Work about existing structures, no need to demolish and rebuild
  • Restored wall surface can match the original wall

Ready to Get Started?

If you are interested in a no-obligation site visit to determine if our services fit your needs, call us at 855.579.0536 or fill out our contact form.


    How Can We Help?

    • Personal Info

    • Contact Info

    • Project Info

    ***Fees May Apply For Residential Site Visits***

    How Can We Help?

    • Personal Info

    • Contact Info

    • Project Info

    How Can We Help?

    • Personal Info

    • Contact Info

    • Project Info