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Foundational Underpinnings

Atlanta GA Foundational UnderpinningAll structures need a stable foundation, and whenever foundational failure is present it is always a serious situation. The infamous Georgia red clay found in this state often leaves homes in and around Atlanta very susceptible to problems with settling, sinking, and becoming unlevel. What may start out as a small crack in your basement’s foundation can easily lead to severe cases of foundation failure and water damage throughout the home. Tackling huge problems like these requires the experience and expertise of a reputable foundation repair contractor. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name to trust in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Read More

Important Home Improvement Projects

Marietta GA Residential Foundation RepairsWhen it comes to home improvement projects, certain undertakings are generally more popular than others. Kitchen makeovers and bathroom remodeling are often the main focus of home improvements as they typically offer solid returns with reselling value. However, there are some improvements that, while they may not bring forth the most beautiful results, they can protect the home and its integral value.

The summer months are often the most optimal time for home improvements due to the weather and more free time to work on projects. It is important to take note of important improvements that can be made in the following areas to increase the value of your property. Read More

Prevent Erosion From Threatening Your Home

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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Uneven Floors

Marietta GA Sagging Floor ContractorsOne of the most common issues when purchasing an older home is uneven floors. Whether you bought a home at a great price or you are fortunate to have a large budget, flooring repair is not cheap. And, because it is not cheap, you certainly do not want to pay a lot of money to “fix” bad floors if you are not willing to repair the issues causing the bad floors. “Fixing” (i.e. putting a pretty band-aid in terms of new flooring) without repairing the root cause of the damage will only throw your money into a never-ending account of constant floor issues.
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Prevent Summer Foundation Damage

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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Do You Need a Retaining Wall?

Atlanta GA Block Retaining Walls RepairedA retaining wall is a structure that holds, or retains, soil behind it. There are different types of retaining walls, made of differing types of materials. The most common materials used for creating retaining walls include concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks, and/or boulders. All of these materials can successfully retain soil, but some are easier to use than others and have differing life spans. Read More

To Buy or Not to Buy: A House with Foundation Issues

Marietta GA Foundation Repair ContractorsSpring 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

Concrete Walkway Leveling

Anglin's Foundation Repairs Truck Southwest Marietta, GASpring is officially here, bringing more people outdoors and more visitors to your home. Uneven, sinking, and broken concrete walkways are not only an eye-sore to your home, but they are also a safety hazard. For those who are looking to put their home on the market in the spring, or for those who simply need to repair their walkways, concrete walkway leveling is a smart and responsible way to extend the life of your concrete and improve your home’s value.

Over time, water seepage, the freeze-thaw cycle, poor compaction, and/or faulty drainage can result in what is known as a “void” in concrete. This void can cause cracking in the concrete and disruptions beneath the concrete that cause certain sections to rise and other sections to fall. An uneven concrete surface can easily cause trips and falls to occur by the toe of a shoe catching on lifted concrete. Twisted, sprained, and even broken ankles can happen from stepping wrongly into a dropped section of concrete. Read More

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

Home Insurance and Foundation Repair

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