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New Year – Time to Inspect Your Home

Atlanta GA Foundation RepairsWith a new year now underway, many people have made goals and resolutions that they hope to keep throughout the year in order to help them progress in certain areas. New Year’s resolutions are great motivators to kick-start goals, but there is one New Year’s resolution that may not be on the “most popular” list – but it should be. With each New Year, it is important that you take the time to inspect your home.

Your home is likely to be the largest expense that you will ever make in your entire life. Whether you are fortunate enough to pay off your home, or you have a 30-year mortgage that is just underway, protecting this investment should be one of your top priorities.

A home inspection can be a relatively easy process. You can hire someone to do it, or you can simply walk around and throughout your entire home and do it yourself. Your eyes are your best tools for inspecting your home. Look for cracks! Cracks in your walls, cracks in your ceilings, cracks in your floors, cracks in your foundation, cracks in your basement walls, cracks in your garage, or cracks in your exterior can all mean the same thing: something is wrong. Cracks found anywhere in a home are an indicator that settling is going on in the foundation of your home. Do not be fooled by thinking that “settling is normal.” While this is true, it is very slight settling that is normal – not settling that results in cracks and the compromise of your home’s stability and integrity.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been in business for over 85 years serving the greater Atlanta area with foundation repairs. Most of these repairs have centered on issues with lacking foundation support that has resulted in the impairment of a home’s structure.

With a New Year, it is important to remember that your home needs YOU to be its biggest asset. Walking around your home, inside and out, can save you tens of thousands of dollars. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are here for you when you need us. But we are also here to remind you that simple steps that you take can help to make sure that you won’t need us!

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Keep Your Fireplace Safe!

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With winter finally here, cold temperatures are becoming a regular part of our days here in Georgia. Many people enjoy having a fire in the fireplace during the dark and cold winter evenings and nights as a way to keep warm and to cozy up for family time. However, a fireplace that is not safe can be a danger to your family and your home. It is important to take the time to inspect your fireplace on a regular basis, but especially when it is time for it to be used often.

The best tools you have to keep your fireplace safe are your eyes. Visual inspections of the inside and outside of your fireplace can help to ensure that your fireplace is in good shape. The following are things to check for:

  • Make sure the chimney cap is present and in good shape
  • No birds have made a nest or put debris in or on the cap
  • The mortar and brick are not crumbling
  • No tree limbs are above or near the chimney
  • Make sure the chimney rises at least two feet above the roof
  • The chimney is not leaning or tilting
  • The roof flashing is tight against the chimney
  • Gas logs, if used, need to be in good working condition and in the proper position
  • The hearth and firebox must have no cracks – this is a serious issue
  • With the fireplace off/un-lit, you should be able to look up the chimney and see daylight at the top
  • Check for signs of moisture inside the firebox

If you find that there are any issues with any of these, it is important that you have a professional fireplace and chimney inspection done. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name that Atlanta trusts for exceptional repairs to sinking foundations, steps, porches, leaning chimneys, cracked basement walls, and more. We have the solution to your problems, and we are here to help keep your fireplace safe. With over 85 years of experience, our focus has been and remains to be on providing the best services with permanent solutions at the very best value. Call today.

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Santa Special for Chimney Repairs

Atlanta GA Chimney Repair ContractorsDown through the chimney went Old St. Nick.” Did Santa’s grand entrance leave you with a tilting chimney? If you live in the Atlanta area, you can stay in the Christmas spirit and still get your chimney restored. We are offering a discount on chimney repairs this season as our gift to you. After all, you can’t be blamed for Santa’s chimney catastrophes.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is Atlanta’s leading source for all types of chimney repairs, including work on the support footing or concrete foundation to correct a leaning or tilting chimney. We have a team of highly experienced masonry professionals who can tend to your problems with prompt expertise. We understand the safety concerns that accompany a chimney that is falling or one that needs mortar repair. Keep your family safe and let a professional ensure your chimney is structurally sound. We offer free chimney inspections and free quotes on the cost to repair chimney problems.

Be sure to mention the promo code “SANTA” to get an extra 5% discount on chimney repairs scheduled between December 15th through January 15th.

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Ignoring Warning Signs Could Equal Huge Financial Burdens

Atlanta GA Foundation RepairThere are many times in life when we all want to ignore the obvious. Perhaps issues seem small as when you bump your knee on the corner of a table and your leg is sore for longer than expected. Or, perhaps you have noticed that the gums inside your mouth are more tender than they used to be. It is easy to ignore seemingly small issues regarding health or oral concerns, but what about concerns related to your home or business property?

Ignoring warning signs of any sort when it comes to the structural integrity of your home can always lead to huge financial burdens in the long run. It is important to be familiar with concerns regarding the structural integrity of your home or business property so that you will be able to identify concerns when and if they should arise. Below are common issues that should never be ignored:

  • A leaky roof. While broken or missing shingles typically causes a leaky roof, ignoring this problem can lead to structural damage within the roof of your home. Structural damage in the attic that rots decking beams, and joints can cause your house to literally fall down upon you.
  • Basement cracks. When you can see cracks in your basement there is a problem, but when water is seeing through these cracks, you have a serious issue that needs attention Yesterday. Poor drainage that allows water to pool around your house will cause the concrete walls of your basement to buckle and settle, compromising the integrity of your entire home.
  • Garage damage. Damage to a garage may seem like it is not a big deal because it is not inside the home’s structure, but this is not true. Because a garage is attached to your home, it will compromise your home. Of course, if you have a freestanding garage, it has its own structural concerns. Very costly damage can occur to your expensive vehicles and to your home by ignoring any concerns with your garage.
  • Chimney leaning or cracking. A chimney that is leaning or cracked can kill people or pets and can damage your home or any home that is in close proximity.
  • Stair-stair cracks in brick. Cracks in the brick that follow a stair-step pattern indicate that structural concerns at dire. It is important to have these cracks looked at immediately.
  • Cracks in walls or around windows/doors. Cracks that are seen inside a home along the walls, ceilings or around windows or doors indicate that there has been a significant amount of settling in a home. This amount of settling typically indicates that the structure of a home is unstable.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has over 85 years of experience and know-how to provide customers with the highest standard in home foundation and business repair. Please contact us with any structural or foundation concerns that you have here in Georgia.

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Ceiling Cracks

Atlanta GA Home Foundation RepairAll buildings and homes will have wear and tear over time, showing their age and showing slight movement. It can be difficult to discern what is natural from what is damaging. Seasonal shrinkage and expansion due to hot and cold temperatures are considered natural, but when movement is a result of the ground settling below the home, serious foundation issues are a concern. If you have cracks in your ceiling and you are trying to determine if they are caused by age or are a sign of structural damage, it is time to call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs.

The size of cracks in the ceiling are a huge indicator of how dangerous they are to a building’s structure. Spider web cracks are considered “normal” as a home settles over years. These cracks can run throughout the home on the ceiling, walls, floors, and grout joints. However, if these cracks are more than 1/16 inch wide, they are a sign of structural issues that must be dealt with.

Any crack that runs across the length of a ceiling and then continues down a wall along the same line is of great concern. A crack of this manner indicates structural damage that is typically related to a weak wall stud or something structural that has been jarred loose in the settling of a structure over time. This type of crack is always a pressing issue and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Any type of crack that is accompanied by a bow or “dip” in the ceiling is a sign of a very serious problem. The joists of a home are meant to hold up the weight of the entire structure and keep it level. However, if this support weakens, the ceiling will begin to sag as the weight puts pressure on the home or building. If you find any type of crack that is associated with sagging in the ceiling, it is imperative that you take immediate action in order to save your home or building.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has the experience and expertise you need to correct structural damage to your home. We are a family owned and operated business that has been here in Atlanta for over 85 years providing exceptional foundation repair. Call us today with any of your structural concerns.

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Are You the Cause of Your Foundation Problems?

Atlanta GA Home Foundation RepairWhen people call a foundations repair company to address problems, they automatically assume that the structural damage is caused by inadequate building expertise or a fault of someone or something else. However, homeowners are often the own culprits of their foundation problems, and learning that they could have been avoided is often a detriment. Here are a few ways in which homeowners cause foundation issues:

Over watering the lawn. Over watering the lawn is a common cause of foundation problems. Just as in areas that have received a great deal of rain, the soil can swell and cause pressure to rise up against the foundation of a home, whether it be a slab or a basement. This pressure causes the foundation walls to swell upwards and cause cracks to appear in the walls. The best method of watering a garden or yard is to maintain a constant moisture level in the soil surrounding the foundation of your home. Automatic watering systems that can be adjusted per season can help to regulate the moisture level around your home.

Landscape Installed too Close to Foundation. Many people love to design their landscape so that it accentuates the lines and architecture of their homes. However, without proper consideration of how plants, shrubs, and trees grow major damage can be done to the foundation of a home. There is a general rule that all plants should be kept at least five feet from a home’s foundation; larger shrubs and trees should be planted even farther away. Not only can large shrubs damage the exterior of the home, large shrubs and plants have large roots that will dramatically expand over time. As roots expand in the soil, they will begin to move under the foundation of a home. This can jeopardize the stability of a home and cause havoc to repair.

Swimming Pools with Improper Waterproofing. Swimming pools are a common outdoor addition to a landscape here in Georgia during our hot and humid summers. However, the waterproofing of swimming pools must be considered very seriously from the beginning to ensure that the water tightness will be adequate. Pool shells that leak an overabundant amount of water will lift the surrounding ground from swelling. Pools that are too close to homes can actually lift a home’s foundation, causing it to be unlevel and very dangerous. The amount of money it requires to correct this issue is extremely substantial.

Homeowners have much more to take into consideration when building a home than just the four exterior walls. Should your home experience foundation problems due to improper maintenance (from previous or current homeowners), call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today.

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Do Those Cracks in the Basement Indicate Trouble?

Atlanta GA Basement Wall Repair ContractorsIf you have been out house hunting in hopes of purchasing a new home, you may have already gotten used to scrutinizing details, and that is a good thing. Buying a home is most likely going to be the largest purchase you make in your lifetime, so it is important to take your time, learn to be picky, and not settle. Whether you are purchasing a brand new build or an older home, there are certain “red flags” to look for such as water damage and structural issues. But one of the most commonly misunderstood issues has to do with the basement.

Homes with basements are a high commodity here in Georgia – they provide extra storage space, extra room in the house, and a cooler place to hang out during the oppressive summer heat. However, it is very important to have a thorough inspection done on the entire house, which includes the basement, before purchase. Cracks in the basement are a signal that there is underlying stress on the home’s foundation. Cracks are a reaction to something happening on the other side of the wall or beneath the concrete floor, and they should not be ignored.

The four most common cracks in the basement are:

Horizontal Wall Cracks are most often found about three feet down from ground level and are known as “free line” cracks. This is an indication of where the surface soil stops freezing during cold winter. The freezing and thawing of the soil causes contraction and expansion, putting pressure on the basement wall. This type of crack is very dangerous.

Stair Step Cracks are most typically found at or near the corners of the home’s foundation. These stair steps indicate that there is a footer movement in that area because the footer has been undermined. The entire home sits upon the footers; therefore, if a footer is cracked or undermined, it offers very little stability to the entire home. This type of crack can be very costly to repair if not taken care of early.

Vertical Cracks indicate that there is a high amount of stress in the foundation to cause the foundation walls to sheer or split vertically. This is an extremely dangerous situation because it is almost always an indication that the footer is either about to crack or has already cracked. This problem needs to be taken care of very quickly before much more serious damage occurs.

Floor Cracks are indication that there is water pressure from below the home’s foundation. While these cracks are not a serious indicator of foundational problems, they can provide an entrance for water to come in and flood the home. Fixing the cracks themselves will not relieve the pressure from beneath the home. The water pressure from beneath the home must be removed for the cracks to stop expanding.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we are experts at solving issues with a home’s foundation. We do a full inspection of the property to determine the root cause of the problem, and with over 85 years of experience, we offer expert diagnoses. If you have any type of crack in your basement that you are concerned about, please call us. We proudly offer home foundation inspections and repairs that are guaranteed.

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Small Business Building Repairs

Marietta GA Commercial Foundation RepairFound all over the state, small buildings and older homes are popular residences for small businesses. Many times these structures can be purchased at a good selling price, and often the charm of the structure draws business owners to the property. While getting a good deal and finding a place that suits your style and business are popular and inviting, many older structures come with “side effects” that must be taken into consideration in order to ensure the security of your dwelling and the reputation of your business.

Many older homes and construction buildings have one thing in common: an unsound foundation. A home built 75 years ago was not built upon the same standards that homes today are built on, and many times a structure’s stability can be severely compromised. While you are out looking for a property to purchase or lease for your business, it is important to look for common signs that signal a problem with the structure’s foundation:

  • Cracks in the walls
  • Cracks in slab foundations
  • Cracks in concrete basement walls
  • Cracks in the bricks (external or internal)
  • Jammed doors
  • Windows that stick
  • Exterior steps or porches that are pulling away from the structure

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we have been in business for over 85 years, and we have the knowledge, know-how, and experience to help secure older dwellings so that they are safe and structurally sound for you and your business. Do not put your business’s reputation on the line by having clients come to you in an unstable older home or building! Anglin’s understands that you are not only thinking of liability, but you are also concerned with making your customers feel comfortable and at ease. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name that Atlanta trusts for all types of structural and foundation repairs. Contact us today.

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Warning Signs of an Unstable Foundation

Marietta GA Foundation Repair ContractorsJust as with your health, finding issues and problems through early detection is the best way to treat problems and to prevent further, more severe, complications from occurring. Your home is probably the largest investment that you will ever make, so taking action early when major problems become apparent is the best way to secure your home. However, you must recognize the signs of an unstable foundation so that you can take action to repair it. Foundation problems will get worse over time, but catching signs of damage early on can save you a great deal of time and money.

There are often very specific warning signs that people may notice yet be unaware of what they are revealing about their home’s stability. Exterior warning signs of a foundational issue include:

  • Brick Cracks – a “stair stepping” pattern near windows and doors or near the ground and corners indicate a sunken footing.
  • Exterior Mildew – mildew growing on base of the exterior walls indicates that there is improper drainage around the foundation.
  • Foundation Cracks – cracks and separation of patios, sidewalks, and exterior slabs as well as steps pulling away from a porch indicate unstable soil beneath the foundation.
  • Cracked Flooring – cracked or broken tile indicates that there are cracks in the foundation beneath the flooring.
  • Displaced Molding – gaps between the ceiling and the crown molding indicate that the home is shifting on the foundation and is unstable.
  • Cracks in Interior Walls – cracks in Sheetrock or plaster (typically found above or below windows) indicate that walls may be sinking due to soil bearing failure.
  • Fractured Basement Walls – soil pressure and/or movement of earth below the foundation cause horizontal cracks in the basement walls.
  • Sticking Door and Windows – doors and windows that “stick” or are hard to open, or doors and windows that look crooked in their casing are indicators that the framing of the house is under stress.

None of these signs should be ignored because they can cost a great deal of time and money to repair if damage is allowed to progress. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has a lifetime of experience repairing foundational issues of homes. 85 years of experience has given us the reputation of exceptional service and outstanding results.

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Chimney Inspections

Atlanta GA Chimney InspectorsFall is just around the corner and temperatures will begin to drop, making homes much cooler than during the spring and summer months. While fall brings forth pumpkins, hay rides, adventures, and wonderful holidays, fall also brings crisp air with chilly mornings and nights. There is nothing cozier than a fire in a fireplace, gathered around by your family and closest friends. The flickers of the fire, the crackling of the burning wood, the smells that fill the air – all of these bring forth many memories. However, have you ever thought about the safety of your fireplace?

Many homeowners do not give much thought to the safety of their fireplaces before lighting them each year. In fact, most homeowners will admit that they never thought to call for a chimney inspection, they simply called when something went wrong and needed to be fixed.

A chimney inspection is an important step in keeping your home and family safe. Before a fire is lit in a fireplace, the chimney should be inspected. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys and fireplaces be inspected at least once a year to ensure that they are operating safely and effectively.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are the experts in Georgia for chimney inspections. We are committed to providing three different levels of inspection to ensure that the structural stability of a chimney is sound and that the chimney is working properly. We have been offering our trusted services for more than 80 years, and we are the trusted source here in Georgia that has earned our reputation for providing customers with the most outstanding services. It is of utmost importance to know without any doubt that your fire box, smoke chamber, flue pipes, and caps are in good working order along with the structural elements of your chimney. Fires, explosions, and chimneys falling can happen at any moment when a chimney is not safe.

Protect your home and loved ones by calling Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today.

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