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Cracked Paint and Your Foundation

Marietta GA Foundation Repair SpecialistsThere 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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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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Our Price Protection Guarantee

familyHere at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs we do everything with our customers’ best interests in mind. We want to remain competitive as a business from a business standpoint, yet we are committed to providing top notch service that will not be undersold.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is sorry to hear that you have structural foundation problems, but we are glad that you called us. Our company has been in business for over 85 years, and for the last 35 years we have been at the same location with the same phone number. We are a company that can be trusted – both on the repair end of your job and our quality of service to you. Our contract is competitive when you measure our workmanship, service, reliability, professionalism, quality, and lifetime transferable warranty.

We understand that when your home has a structural issue that it must be repaired. Your home is likely to be the largest investment you will make in life, and we do not take that lightly. When you need foundational work done, we want our customers to know that we are not concerned with how many piers we can sell you or how much work we will do. Our focus is to provide you with the best services and the best permanent solution at the very best value. We have a written guarantee that says, “If a qualified contractor elects to perform Anglin’s proposed contract work at a lower price within a thirty (30) day period, we will match that price and add a 10% discount!” We are serious about providing the highest quality work at the best price to you.

If you have any foundational concerns regarding your home or business property, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today. We are a full service foundation repair company – we will fix your foundational problem and then repair the masonry façade where work was done. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is here for you!

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
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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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Custom Foundation Support System

Atlanta GA Home Foundation Repair ContractorsA solid foundation is necessary to support any type of structure in order to bear loads that that are within or on the building. Both the footings and the foundation distribute the load that is put upon the bearing surface. These are designed to keep a building level and plumb and to keep settling to a minimum. Homes and buildings built in an area with loose soil will need to have soil bearing characteristics taken into consideration. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we have the knowledge and experience to build a custom foundation support system that is specific to the area where a home or commercial property is proposed to be located.

Not all soil is ideal for building on. Here in the Southeast, our soil can be extremely diverse within different areas of a single state. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has over 85 years of experience in building homes and commercial properties all over Georgia. You can click through our website and find examples of our custom foundation support systems. In fact, we have developed a foundation support system for a large log home that was built on a 100-year-old flood plain with very loose soil. We used our capability and know-how to develop proper footings and foundation slab that has held that home with the strongest support. After more than sixteen years, there have been no signs of settling – that is a huge accomplishment that we are proud to boast about.

If you are interested in building, please take as much time and consideration into the footings and foundation of your home as you do choosing a house plan. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we offer a lifetime of structural and masonry experience that is backed by a lifetime warranty. Our number one goal is to get it right, the first time. Contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair today and let us know what we can do for you.

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