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The definition of erosion is the displacement of soil and rocks as a result of water, wind, or geological shifts. This is a natural occurrence, and erosion is largely responsible for the unique contours of planet Earth. However, not all erosion is “good erosion,” because it can be produced by unnatural causes. Homeowners need to be aware of the dangers of erosion around their homes so that they can prevent damage to their property.
Foundational damage is a common and expensive result of soil erosion on personal property. Home foundations are built out of several materials – stone, block, reinforced concrete, and treated wood being the most widely used. Because a home is built on top of soil, a good foundation requires a lot more than just digging a hole and placing a home in it. A good foundation should be built to last, and it must be tailored to its specific site by taking into account soil conditions, water tables, and the quality of the backfill. By neglecting one of these, foundation failure will occur and result in costly soil erosion.
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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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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 ⇒
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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When 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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Property 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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