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When the Walls Come Falling Down Southwest Marietta, GA
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Everyone knows that owning a house means dealing with potential problems. For example, the furnace may stop working, or the siding may need to be replaced. Roof problems are par for the course after heavy winds and hail. However, one thing most of us do not expect to experience is the walls falling. Knowing what to do to prevent or repair falling walls can be as easy as calling a phone number.

What Causes Walls to Fall?

Many things can cause the walls in a building to collapse and fall. First, it can be related to a natural disaster, like an earthquake or a hurricane. Then, on the other hand, it may be a fire or a bomb. And finally, it could be due to a poor foundation under the building.

Can You See Warning Signs Before the Walls Fall?

While it’s not always easy to spot the difference between cracks and fissures that come from normal settling and age and cracks that lead to disaster, there are signs you can look for that show it’s time to call a contractor.

  1. Crumbling or cracks in concrete should always be looked at carefully. You will likely see tiny hairline cracks first. With time, these cracks can widen and begin to bulge. Eventually, crumbles of concrete will begin to fall. This action is called spalling, and it’s a red flag. If you see dark stains appear, this is a sign that the steel reinforcement bars in the foundation are corroding. Every bit of spalling allows more moisture in the concrete and worsens the problem.
  2. Bowing floors and uneven floors are solid indicators of foundation issues. If the floors and the walls are shifting, leaving low or heaving areas or space separating the walls and the floor, things are in trouble. For example, you may notice doors or windows that won’t open or close properly any longer. Also, straight-line cracks across the floor tiles indicate foundation problems.
  3. Finally, look for diagonal cracks that start at the top of the door or window and spread downward diagonally. If these cracks are hairline, there is probably nothing to worry about, but there is trouble if they widen.

While these three are not the only signs signaling trouble on the way, they are all classic indicators of a failing wall.

Can a Falling Wall be Repaired?

Absolutely. A falling wall can be repaired by bracing it with steel pillars and using tiebacks, anchoring and pinning to support the wall. But it is vital to bring in a foundation expert with a reputation for excellent work without needing to return time after time. In the Atlanta area, that foundation expert is John Anglin and his crew at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs. Anglin’s has been building and repairing foundations with excellence and craftsmanship for over 90 years.

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

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Our Client Reviews

Anglin's Foundation & Masonry Repairs

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 55 reviews

Tammy S.

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.

Penelope Greensmith

I cannot say enough good things about GUS at Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry! GUS, was fast and gave a free estimate on raising, reattaching and fixing my brick stairs. I will be sure to post before and after photos! Thank you GUS for your no nonsense, straight forward approach! Thank you for listening to me! The Greensmith’s

Regina Renee Kalasz

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!

Scott Lapin

The team that lifted our chimney was prompt, courteous and efficient. Other then the repair, you simply could not tell they were even there despite the fact they had to remove part of our deck to do the work. I would HIGHLY recommend them.

Melissa Reed

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.

Dana Brennan

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!!

Aaron Gray

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.

Jake Herman

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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