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Ways that Water Can Damage Your Home’s Foundation Southwest Marietta, GA
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It is often hard to think of water as a dangerous compound. It is smooth, clear, and necessary for life, yet when you think of canyons that are carved over years of running water, you can begin to understand how water can cause untold damage to your home’s foundation.

A typical home foundation is constructed of one of two options: a thick slab of concrete set into the ground, or a basement with thick footings and heavy mortar blocks. It may seem as though water could not cause much damage. Yet, water can negatively affect a home’s foundation in a number of ways, both directly and indirectly. As with any type of erosion or rot, given enough time, water can cause extensive water damage that is extremely costly to repair. Here are ways that water can damage your home’s foundation.

  • Ground Water – Hydrostatic pressure is a powerful force that can weaken a home’s foundation and compromise the stability of a home. In areas where the water table rises near the surface, it can push against the underside of the foundation. This force of rising ground water is incredibly powerful, and it can infiltrate water into the basement through cracks and joints that widen over time – even permeating solid concrete.
  • External Pressure – How soil drains has a considerable impact on the external pressures of a home’s foundation. If the local soil drains efficiently, rainwater quickly penetrates deep into the ground and is carried away. However, if the soil is dense (like red clay), water can accumulate around the foundation and exert significant pressure against the foundation walls. This pressure can cause gaps and cracks in the concrete, allowing water seepage into home.
  • Pooling – Water pooling on the ground surface around the perimeter of a house will eventually degrade concrete and mortar foundations. Even though the water is not in a constant moving motion, it will act as an erosion agent. Poor landscape design, clogged or overflowing rain gutters, and downspouts that are too short can allow water to flow toward the house instead of away, causing water pooling.

For solutions to the ways water can damage your home’s foundation, contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs.

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

 

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From start to finish, everyone at Anglin's was amazing! Gus was responsive, always answered his phone, knowledgeable, professional, honest and fair. He went above and beyond to make a stressful situation less stressful. Scheduling was a breeze and the crew that arrived on the job (on time, I might add) were courteous, respectful and efficient. They allowed me to watch and take pictures, and explained the process step-by-step, as well as what results were to be expected. Iggy was so knowledgeable, professional and amazing. He was able to pin point a problem that 2 other competing companies couldn't explain or relay in layman's terms what needed to be done and why. He was an absolute superstar in easing the mind of the buyers purchasing the house. His 27 years experience was so valuable. Shelly was quick to send paid invoices and warranty information. Everyone did an amazing job and I would recommend them highly.

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Today was a install of a 2nd beam for our house... first one was easy, 2nd one gave them a run for their money. But they stuck it out and got it done! Awesome work! I'd throw a + behind my 5 stars if I could. Sorry I held your crew up, but they were determined to get it done with no issues. So shout out to your team Chris, Leo and Dan!

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Diagnosis and estimate from a picture, arrived as scheduled, done in just a couple hours and results were absolutely amazing. Price, workmanship, clean up - everything was absolutely 5 star!! Highly recommend these folks!!! I must add, 2 other well known and much advertised companies came out and estimated 6x the work and price, claiming we had more issues than what was actually going on. These guys call it like it is - honesty and integrity are hard to find in construction.

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This crew is top notch. Worked with the office and mainly with Gus on site who was great. Showed up early, super knowledgeable, tons of experience. We really felt served in the way he recommended only what needed to be done and at a great price. Had another company wanting to add in other extras and unnecessary work. HIGHLY recommend Anglin!!

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Quick to call back and totally honest. I wasn't sure if I had a foundation issue or a flooring issue but after a few questions, Nathan helped to figure out that it thankfully wasn't a foundation issue. Insteand of trying to sell me a job, Nathan helped me to make a good decision. I hope I never have foundation issues but if I do, this is the company I'm hiring.

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Another masonry contractor referred us to Anglin because we had a concern about the structural integrity of our chimneys. We were told that they were the best people to talk to. I called them and they actually came by to assess my house within two hours. Although I was fully prepared to spend a lot of money to stabilize my chimneys, he did a full assessment and very honestly told me that my chimneys were fine and just needed some caulking where the mortar met the brick. I greatly respect his expertise and honesty and would recommend him without reservation.

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