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Moisture in the Basement

It is relatively common for homes in Georgia to have basements. A basement is a beneficial portion of a home where people can store seasonal items (e.g. a Christmas tree), things they do not use very often, or mementos that they keep for sentimental reasons but do not want cluttering up their living spaces. While basements are great features of a home, they are often put “out of mind” if people do not regularly spend a good deal of time in them. Moisture problems are common concerns in basements, and preventing them and fixing them early is vital for avoiding costly repairs. Read More

Water Drainage Problems and Foundation Damage

Throughout Georgia, one constant element poses challenges to homes, lawns, and gardens: good ole Georgia red clay. Georgia’s infamous soil is a specific class of soil called an Ultisol. Ultisols are known for their rich red color, high density, high acidity, and relatively low mineral content. Red clay is heavy, it clumps together, it produces sub-optimal growth, it stains your clothes – truly it can be a pain in the neck. In many aspects, ultisols are great for building. They are not as finicky when it comes to swelling or shrinking based on water content. They are stress tolerant, giving good support for foundations. However, an area where Georgia red clay causes problems (aside from it being difficult for gardens and lawn care) is that it often presents water drainage problems. Read More

87 Years of Quality Service

In 1930, Olin L. Anglin started a family business known as O. L. Anglin and Sons. This family owned and operated foundation and masonry repair company offered superior masonry services for homes and businesses in Atlanta. His ambition was to offer the highest quality in constructing and repairing masonry footings, foundations, brick, block, stone, concrete, retaining wall reinforcement, and total foundation/wall stabilization. 87 years later, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is still keeping that mission up and running.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is a fourth-generation family business that has improved on the “family mission.” Our mission is to provide a permanent engineered and designed foundation solution through the development of innovative products and systems, installation and services at the very best price.

John Anglin took over the growth of our customer base in 1960, and business has grown tremendously. We offer a lifetime of structural and masonry repair experience that is not after your money. All of our work is backed by our price protection: if you are quoted at a lower price by a qualified contractor within 30 days, we will match that price and add a 10% discount. We are not after your money! We are after providing you with a lifetime solution to protect your home and your family. All of our work is also backed by our personal guarantee: we have the solutions, expert experience, equipment, and proven value for your structural problem. We are here to help you – we guarantee it. Read More

Sinking Concrete Slabs

Marietta GA Concrete Repair ContractorsPatios and walkways are exterior expanses of your home that are meant to welcome and host family, friends, and guests to your home. These areas are often gathering spaces and entry ways that invite people to enjoy the outdoors. However, if these concrete areas are sinking and unlevel, they can provide an unsafe place for walking, pulling up a chair, or gathering to enjoy time together. Not only does slab settlement lead to unlevel concrete surfaces, but it can lead to further damage of your home. Read More

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