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Tie Back Anchors

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 ⇒

Humidity and Your Home

DSC00010Georgia summers are known for high temperatures and oppressive humidity. It is common to notice changes in your home during the summer, and it is very important that you pay attention to these changes and notice if any visible damage occurs. Your home’s structural integrity depends on the strength of its foundation. The foundation supports everything – the walls, floors, windows, doorways, roof, etc. – so if humidity is causing any sort of issue, it can cause serious damage throughout your entire home.

The reason so much time, effort, and expense is put into the foundation of your home when it is being built is that the foundation is subject to environmental stress throughout the year. The soil expands and contracts with temperature changes, moisture content of the soil and the materials in your basement can cause the foundation to shift, crack, or settle unevenly. Humidity trapped inside your home can also cause a great deal of damage. Humidity is moisture that is trapped in the air, and high humidity will begin to infiltrate the walls and wood of your home.

Signs of humidity affecting your home include:
• Pooling of water near a slab foundation
• A wet crawl space
• Basement wall crack that extends from floor to ceiling
• Doors and windows that stick
• Sagging floors
• Cracks in plaster walls
• Bowing of wooden cabinets

If there is a noticeable increase in the amount of humidity in your home, it can begin to cause serious damage. If the soil around your foundation begins to absorb excess water, it will increase in volume. This process works like a sponge: the soil expands when wet and contracts when dry. This puts a great deal of pressure on walls that lead to cracked and/or bowing walls, compromising the structure and stability of the entire home.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we will determine the root cause of the problem in order to correct your issue. Whether your home needs push resistant piers, helical piers, slab jacking, or a custom solution, we are the top foundation repair contractors in Atlanta. Call us today for the most thorough foundation repair.
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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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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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Bowed Basement Walls

Atlanta GA Basement Wall Repair ContractorsUnstable soil is a home’s worst enemy. Expansive clay and improperly compacted fill can leave foundations unevenly supported, triggering settlement and cracking of the basement. One common problem associated with poor construction or soil pressure for load bearing basement walls is that they will bow inward or outward. Not only can this devalue a home, but it can also be a safety concern for all family members or guests of the home. At Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repairs, we have been providing experienced professional basement wall repairs and foundation repairs in Atlanta since 1930. Our name has become synonymous with correcting all foundation issues, and we bring a lifetime of structural and masonry experience to every job, guaranteed.

When basements begin to show signs of foundational issues, the entire home is very close to having major structural problems. It is important to have any issue with your basement addressed immediately to avoid cracks and damage in the interior wood framing of your house or damage to the exterior brick, stone, or siding. The longer foundational issues exist, the more costly the repairs will become because they will continue to expand and affect multiple areas. Failure to correct these issues can threaten the entire structural integrity of your home. Fortunately, it is possible to rescue settled foundations and basement walls, and Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repairs is the name to trust. We can handle any type of basement foundation repair, and we have been doing so for over 85 years.

If you have noticed any signs of settling in your basement, please contact Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repair today. We offer free inspections, and we guarantee to fix your foundation problems for life. Your home is your largest investment, and we are here to help you protect your investment for years and years to come.

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Walls Falling

Foundation RepairsCracks in exterior walls of a home should never be ignored. Foundation settlement can lead to major structural problems within the home and can be signs that serious damage is about to occur. Older homes are especially more susceptible to foundation repairs due to less knowledge about expansive, compressible, and improperly compacted soils many years back. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we have been delivering foundation repairs to homeowners all over the state of Georgia since 1930. We bring a lifetime of structural and masonry experience to ever repair project, and we stand behind our work with a lifetime guarantee.

Settlement can destroy the foundation of any home when proper measurements are not taken. A foundations expert should be contacted immediately at the first signs of foundation distress or cracking. The longer a homeowner waits, the more damage can occur and the more costly the repair will be. Piering and slabjacking are the two most common methods for lifting a sunken foundation. The professionals at Anglin’s will be able to assess which repair method will be the most appropriate and provide the best outcomes.

Falling walls can threaten the structural integrity of the entire home. Whether you have noticed just a few inches sinking or nearly a foot, call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs right away for an assessment of your property. We will give you a free quote and offer the most reputable solutions for your foundation repair needs. Your home is one of the greatest investments in your life. Don’t allow a foundation problem to ruin your home. Call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today.

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Basement Wall Repair

Basement Wall Repair in Atlanta GAMany people do not give much thought to the foundation of their homes until cracks show up. A crack in the basement wall is one of the signs that the foundation of a home needs to be repaired. There are other signs that signify a foundation repair including a wall that is bowing, leaning, or rotating. These signs should not be ignored because they are significant signs that trouble is brewing. Homes in the south tend to settle a decent amount over time. The weather in the Southeastern states varies a great deal in temperature and humidity during the year, which causes the soil to expand and shrink multiple times over the span of just twelve months. This response causes the shifting and uneven settling of a home’s foundation.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the trusted name in Georgia for all basement wall and foundation repairs. We have been providing proven value to homeowners and businesses throughout Atlanta since 1930. We are highly qualified to provide foundation repairs to correct problems with basement walls. Whether the problems are a result of poor construction, soil problems, age, or pressure we are certain that we can correct them.

If you have noticed any cracks or bowing in your basement walls, call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs right away. The earlier a foundation issue is assessed, the better chance for an easier repair. We will fix your foundation correctly, for life. Call now to schedule a free inspection.

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