All posts by John Anglin
While the calendar may not say that summer is here, summer temps have already arrived in Georgia. As you prepare for the hot summer months, it is important to remember to drink water, wear your sunscreen, and take precautions to prevent summer damage to your home’s foundation.
Summer’s intense heat places a tremendous amount of pressure and stress on a home’s foundation. Here in Georgia, our summers are hot and humid. While the heat itself is not the cause of damage, it is the drastic changes in humidity and moisture levels that put added stress on the foundation. The high heat in Georgia causes pop up thunderstorms and humidity in the air, while the high temperatures make the soil dry out very fast. It is this constant state of change that can put a home’s foundation under duress.
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A retaining wall is a structure that holds, or retains, soil behind it. There are different types of retaining walls, made of differing types of materials. The most common materials used for creating retaining walls include concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks, and/or boulders. All of these materials can successfully retain soil, but some are easier to use than others and have differing life spans. Read More ⇒
Spring is here, and this is the most popular time of the year for people to look for a new home. In this current Seller’s Market, houses have become less available than they were just a few short years ago. Many people are often prepared to compromise on somethings when it comes to buying a home – commute distance, basement, lot size, school district, and even budget – there are other compromises that are not easy to make. A house with a foundation issue should be a red flag for any potential home buyer. No one wants to purchase a new home only to have to throw more money at a problem that requires serious repair work. Read More ⇒
Spring is officially here, bringing more people outdoors and more visitors to your home. Uneven, sinking, and broken concrete walkways are not only an eye-sore to your home, but they are also a safety hazard. For those who are looking to put their home on the market in the spring, or for those who simply need to repair their walkways, concrete walkway leveling is a smart and responsible way to extend the life of your concrete and improve your home’s value.
Over time, water seepage, the freeze-thaw cycle, poor compaction, and/or faulty drainage can result in what is known as a “void” in concrete. This void can cause cracking in the concrete and disruptions beneath the concrete that cause certain sections to rise and other sections to fall. An uneven concrete surface can easily cause trips and falls to occur by the toe of a shoe catching on lifted concrete. Twisted, sprained, and even broken ankles can happen from stepping wrongly into a dropped section of concrete. Read More ⇒
Leaning or bowing basement walls are a sure sign of foundation failure. This foundation problem generally occurs when the foundation of a home has begun to shift due to excess pressure in the ground. Excess groundwater can put a huge amount of stress on the soil around a home, causing even such a heavy weight to feel the strain. The basement walls will begin to bow or lean as the pressure pushes against the walls. Not only will this cause problems with your walls, but other problems with your foundation will become apparent. Read More ⇒
A home is generally the largest purchase a person or couple will make in his/her lifetime. With such a great expense, home insurance is a necessary cushion to protect the investment. Many homeowners assume that purchasing home insurance covers the entire house – from the foundation to the roof. However, in failing to read the fine print, many homeowners are surprised to learn that their home insurance policies do not cover the entire house, including the foundation. Read More ⇒
All houses settle over time, and not all signs of settling are cause for panic. However, understanding what is “normal” and what is not is essential in identifying structural problems that indicate huge issues with your home.
Settling happens for a variety of reasons, and in most cases, it is not something that needs to be stressed over. The weight of a home is a substantial amount of weight, and the ground beneath a home will sink down a bit over time as it is greatly compressed. Good home construction will build the component of settling into the construction of the home so that the home will properly withstand the normal settling that is going to occur. In fact, homes begin settling almost as soon as they are constructed. Gravity and exposure to the elements cause a home to settle – and neither can be avoided. Read More ⇒
There are many signs of foundational issues that people tend to look over or completely ignore. Cracked paint that occurs on interior walls is a common sign of foundational damage, yet many people simply think that painting over them is a solution. They mistakenly believe that cracked paint is a cosmetic issue rather than a foundational issue. So how do you know when cracks are small issues or when they are a really big deal?
Home foundations are the most integral part of home construction and longevity. When there is an issue with a home’s foundation, the stability and safety of the home is compromised. At any sign of questionable issues with the foundation of a home, a professional opinion should be sought out.
Signs that cracks show foundation damage:
• Cracks bordering doors and windows.
• Prominent cracks from doors to ceilings.
• Cracks that form patterns (e.g. repeated intersecting cracks running from corners to the middle of the walls)
• Jagged, angled cracks running at a 45-degree angle
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With building prices skyrocketing in and around Atlanta, many small business owners seek out older buildings or even older homes from which to run their business. This is often a great way to limit congestion in travel, while also giving your patrons private parking spaces and a more personalized setting. Yes, the idea of running your own business out of a small building may seem ideal, but it is incredibly important that you take all aspects of building ownership into consideration before opening a business from an older home or office building.
Making sure your clients and customers are safe is your first order of business when it comes to running a business out of a small building. It is important to create an atmosphere that is welcoming as soon as your customers walk through the door. If you have windows or doors that jam, buckling floors, a leaning chimney, or cracks in your walls or ceilings, your customers may get an uncomfortable feeling about putting their trust in your business services.
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Driveways, retaining walls, patios, front steps – if these are formed out of concrete, they will inevitably need to be repaired at some point. However, what if that “some point” occurs during the dead of winter? Concrete is a fickle material in extremely cold temperatures because of how quickly it dries and sets, and how easily it can crack before it has time to set. If you need to have concrete repair work done during winter, it is vital that you contact an expert source for the job.
A common cause of concrete damage is due to a sinking or unstable foundation. Poor installation of the initial construction of a home, driveway, or retaining wall will not allow for the natural settling of the foundation and will lead to unnecessary damage. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we offer expert assistance in determining the cause of your concrete issues and repair options.
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