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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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Building Repairs

Marietta GA Foundation Repair CompanyWith 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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Concrete Repair in Winter

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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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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Trees and Your Foundation

DSC_0087Property lots and landscaping are often huge draws to home buyers and those who want to begin the process of building a home. Huge oak trees, decorative Japanese maples, blooming cherry trees, and the magnificent dogwoods are well known throughout Georgia as trees that bring great beauty to any landscape. However, whether you are buying an older home nestled among 100-year-old oaks or building a new home and installing your own landscaping, trees should be taken into consideration regarding the integrity of your home’s foundation.

When planting trees near a home, there are benefits that trees bring to your property. Trees provide soil stabilization by helping to prevent erosion, especially on sloped areas of a property. Trees also help to control water drainage because they soak up extra moisture. These are two benefits of trees being planted within a relatively close distance of your home or on your property, however the placement of these trees is incredibly important due to the extensive damage that they can cause.
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Foundation Underpinning

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Foundation underpinning is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing building or other structure. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair is the name that residents of Atlanta have trusted for over 85 years with all of their foundational issues.

When structures are built, the soil must be thoroughly inspected and assessed to ensure that it will be stable enough to support the weight. Georgia’s infamous red clay has proven troublesome for centuries when it comes to providing stable soil conditions. Foundation underpinning is often necessary for several reasons:

 
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Retaining Walls and Your Home’s Foundation

stoopbRetaining walls are structural barriers that prevent soil from shifting between two separate elevations. As with all states, Georgia has its own concrete and masonry foundation walls standards that must meet specific codes. Retaining walls are necessary to prevent soil from shifting at or near a home’s foundation in order to prevent a compromised foundational structure.

Georgia is well-known for its Georgia red clay. Georgia’s soil is often considered very difficult to work with because of how the clay so easily shifts with changes in the weather. Home foundations in and around Atlanta are very susceptible to problems with settling, sinking, and becoming un-level. Clay soil expands and contracts significantly more than looser soils because of how “tight” the clay’s composition is. Additionally, clay soils are poor acquifers, which means that water does not easily soak through the soil. Homes that are constructed on sloping or uneven terrain require the construction of a retaining wall. A retaining wall is designed to hold soil in place against a home’s foundation so that it does not shift and compromise the home’s stability and integrity.

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Brick Masonry Repair

1afterBrick is one of the most favorable materials used for building homes because it is durable, beautiful, and there are many styles available for designing your personal style on the outside of your home. While brick is extremely durable, it is not invincible and it can succumb to environmental elements and foundational problems. Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repairs is proud to provide excellent brick masonry repairs as well as foundational repairs to homes and businesses in the Atlanta area.

 

When foundational issues arise with a home or business structure, the façade of the home must be addressed as well. In fact, many foundational issues will cause the façade of the structure to bow, crack, or for bricks to fall out of their places. Settling foundations can cause visible signs of damage to masonry walls as well as threaten the structural integrity of a home or business structure. It is essential that any issues with your home be addressed as soon as possible before irreparable or extremely expensive damage occurs. If there are any signs of cracking, bulging, bowing, or bricks falling away in your home’s outdoor walls, it is time to call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs.

We have the expertise to correctly fix foundational issues, and we have the ability to patch an outside wall and complete any type of brick wall repair or stone wall repair. With over 85 years of experience and a phone number that has not changed in over 35 years, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name that you can trust. We firmly stand behind our repair work by offering a lifetime warranty. Your home is most likely the largest investment you will ever have, which is why we take your foundational and brick masonry repairs seriously. Unsightly cracks, missing bricks, missing stones, sinking or bulging walls negatively impact your home’s appearance, and they will have a negative impact on the value of your property. Contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today and schedule a free inspection. We will come out and thoroughly inspect and assess your home or business’s foundation and masonry damage, and we will provide you with a free quote.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
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Prolift Concrete Lifting & Stabilization

DSC_0087Concrete lifting is done when there is a sunken part of a concrete slab that needs to be lifted. Slabjacking has been used for many years to lift a slab by pumping a grout through the concrete, effectively pushing it up from below. However, there is a newer method that has been established called Foam Jacking, and it is the cleanest concrete lifting and stabilization process. Because the injection equipment is mechanically connected to the concrete slab, and mechanical seals engage when not injecting material, no loose material is introduced to the repair area.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we proudly serve clients in and around Atlanta with the evolved application of Prolift Polyurethane to provide an even higher standard of services to clients who need concrete lifting and stabilization services. Prolift concrete lifting and stabilization provides home and business owners with a long-term solution that are quick, clean, and cost effective. The process is done by injecting lightweight polyurethane foam into dime-sized holes in the concrete. The expansion of the high density polymers within the foam lift the concrete structure so that all portions are level. The foam fills in any voids under the concrete surface to stabilize it and keep it secure. After the foam filling is complete, the small holes are patched with polymer or concrete, and the site is available for immediate use. This allows businesses to remain open and home residents to be able to use their property immediately without burdening their time, schedules, or paychecks.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is proud to provide this highly advanced service to our clients. We have been serving the Atlanta area with reputable service since 1930 – that is 86 years of honest service that has kept us in business. We are the name to trust when it comes to all of your foundation and masonry needs. If you have need of concrete lifting and stabilization, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs. We are ready to serve you on time, every time with service and quality that you can depend on.

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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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