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How to Choose The Best Foundation Company

DSC_0087When it comes to needing to have repairs done on the foundation of your home, it is imperative that you hire a reputable professional company that is highly qualified. Below are helpful suggestions of what to look for and what to avoid when hiring foundation contractors.

What to look for:

Great Recommendations – the best place to start is by asking your relatives and friends who they would recommend. If they were happy with the results a company offered, this is a name to put on your list of contractors to contact.

Use Online Reviews – Online reviews such as Angie’s List, Kudzu, Google+, and Yelp will often provide helpful reviews. If the company that you are interested in is not on one of these Online review sources, do not fret. That just means you will have to do a little more research on your own.
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Leaning Chimneys Should Not Be Ignored

ca2It is not uncommon for home buyers to overlook signs of wear and tear, cosmetic changes, and landscaping issues. In fact, many people specifically hunt these homes out in order to put their own spin on them. However, one sign that should never be ignored is a leaning chimney.

A leaning chimney is a huge indicator that there is a foundational issue with the home’s structure. Home builders now know that a chimney needs its own foundation footing in order to support its enormous weight. However, 60, 85, 100 years ago, it was very common for a chimney to simply be attached to a home and left to support itself or use the support of the house. Because a house is never meant to support an excessive amount of weight, the house will begin to give over time. A leaning chimney will lean in any direction. It can lean out, pulling away from the house; it can lean to either side; or it can begin to lean in toward the home with the risk of falling on top of the roof. All of these scenarios have the possibility for falling and life-threatening results.
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Cracked Chimney Repair

new1Any type of issue with your chimney can be dangerous and can pose a serious safety threat to your home and family. Problems such as gaps, cracks, and spalling in the chimney’s construction can present serious risks to your home and family. With these issues, the chimney is a huge risk factor to the home. Masonry chimneys must be thoroughly inspected and kept in good condition. Whether they are constructed of brick or stone, they require a solid footing on which to rest so that they are soundly supported. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are the experts in chimney repair and restoration here in Atlanta.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than anything else. Because of their location on a home, chimneys can deteriorate by constant exposure to the weather. Whether your home has a full-length chimney that runs up the side of your home or only a portion of the chimney extends from the roof, its constant exposure to rain, wind, freezing temperatures, and occasional snow here in Georgia leaves is vulnerable to deterioration.

Masonry chimneys are constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials: brick, mortar, concrete, stone, concrete block, stone, flue tile, steel, and cast iron. All of these materials are adversely affected by direct contact with water or water penetration. With prolonged exposure to the weather, all of these materials will suffer accelerated deterioration. The freeze/thaw process causes the most damaging stress to a masonry chimney because moisture penetrates the chimney materials, freezes, and causes expansion. This puts undue stress on the bricks, stones, and mortar that are holding the chimney together and are trying to hold the chimney in its proper place against the home.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are committed to providing exceptional chimney repair. We will inspect your entire chimney in order to find the root cause of the issue and accurately diagnose the masonry damage that needs to be repaired. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has over 85 years of experience in all aspects of chimney foundation repair right here in Atlanta. Contact us today for a free chimney inspection and a free quote on the cost to repair your chimney issues.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
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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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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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A Cracked Chimney Should Never Be Ignored

Marietta GA Chimney Repair Services

Brick leaning chimney – before

Chimneys are a beautiful focal point of a home or building. They add character, a sense of timeless beauty, and are often a huge selling point for buyers. However, while these structures can be beautiful in appearance, they can also be extremely dangerous. Any time there is a crack in a chimney, it signifies that there is some sort of issue with how it is aligned or attached to the home, or that there is a foundational issue. Any of these can cause threats to the chimney falling and injuring or killing anyone within the vicinity. That information is not mean to scare you, but to make you aware that a cracked chimney should never be ignored!

All parts of a home require a solid footing on which to rest. Front porches, back decks, retaining walls, and chimneys are all attached to homes and, therefore, also require a proper foundation. When a home’s foundation is not properly set before construction very serious, and expensive, issues will most likely occur. When a chimney begins to react to an improper foundation, cracks in the chimney are very common. However, while it may be a common occurrence due to an improper foundation, failing to hire a professional chimney foundation expert can cause dire consequences. The entire chimney can separate from the home and fall, killing people or pets and damaging anything else in its path.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Atlanta, Georgia has been the trusted source in Georgia for over 80 years as the number one name in chimney repair. When a chimney is cracked, tilting, leaning, or falling it should never be ignored. There are always special needs and considerations that must be made with every individual chimney, and we have the experience, expertise, and know-how to correct the issues behind your chimney problem. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs offers free chimney inspections and free quotes on the cost of the repair, so please call us today. Do not let another day pass without having your chimney assessed!

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Chimney Repair Services

Chimney Repair Contractors in Marietta GAChimney issues are a common concern among many homeowners. From tilting, leaning, cracked, and falling chimneys, proper assessment and repair is necessary to prevent serious damage and injury. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we have repaired thousands of chimneys throughout the greater Atlanta area. With have over 80 years of experience repairing chimneys, and we have the expert knowledge and masonry skills to properly complete structural chimney repair projects. We are committed to providing our customers with a restored, straight, and properly aligned chimney to eliminate threats of it falling.

Some chimneys are metal frames that are surrounded by wood framing and enclosed with siding, while others are true masonry chimneys made with brick or stone. Masonry chimneys are subject to serious issues when their foundations are not on a solid footing. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair we have the experience and know-how to repair the issue from the ground up. We do not simply “patch” a problem, but correct all issues at their source. We know that doing a small repair on a chimney can lead to big problems in the future. Failing to hire a professional for chimney foundation work can lead to the loss of your entire chimney. And a falling chimney can kill people, pets, and cause an enormous amount of damage to surrounding property. There are special needs with each chimney repair, and Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair will assess each project as an individual project. There are no “one size fits all” solutions, and we would not offer them even if there were.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair has earned our reputation as the leader in foundation and masonry repairs for the last 80 years. We offer free chimney inspections and free quotes on the cost to repair your chimney problems. Do not wait until a catastrophe hits – take the initiative to correct your chimney today.

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Chimney Repairs

Chimney Repair in Atlanta GALeaning chimneys are a very common problem in residential areas. Many people do not want to take the time or spend the money to have the issue of a leaning chimney corrected, but not doing so can cause extreme damage to the home and can also cause death of loved ones and pets. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we offer expert restoration in order to properly align chimneys to the house and eliminate threats of the chimney falling.

Chimneys typically lean one of two ways: Away from the house or Over/On Top of the house or roof. Both of these issues need immediate repair as they can cause serious trouble for the homeowner and residents inside. A chimney that is leaning away from the house will eventually lose its support and crash down into the yard or neighbor’s yard. It can crash at any time without warning, and anything that is below or within close proximity will be injured or killed. For parents, this can be a huge eye-opener and let them understand the extreme importance of having this issue corrected as soon as possible.

A chimney that is leaning over or on top of a roof indicates that there is a serious structural problem. This issue should also be addressed as soon as possible because a chimney that falls into a house can cause serious injury or death. A falling chimney can kill people or pets and destroy a home permanently.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs employs expert brick and stone masons who are very skilled in all types of masonry chimney repairs. We our experienced in all aspects of chimney foundation repair, straightening leaning chimneys, and restoration services for brick chimney repair and stone chimney repair. With our free quotes and chimney inspections, you can trust the quality of service that you will receive.

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