SUPERIOR RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION REPAIR
IN ATLANTA GEORGIA
At Atlas Piers of Atlanta, we understand the importance of having a strong and stable foundation for your home. That’s why our team of professionals in Atlanta, Georgia offers a range of services dedicated to repairing and restoring your foundation. Whether you’re dealing with uneven floors, cracked walls, or other signs of foundation damage, we have the solutions to help.
Our services include leveling, stabilization, patching, and restoration, all designed to protect your home from further damage. With our commitment to using the latest technology and high-quality materials, you can trust us to deliver exceptional results that meet the highest industry standards. Contact us today to see how we can help you protect the foundation of your home.
Our Home Foundation Repair Process
At Atlas Piers of Atlanta, we take residential foundation repairs seriously. We believe in providing expert service and repair work to ensure the safety and longevity of your home’s foundation. Our process starts with a thorough inspection and detailed recommendations with clear pricing. We rely on only the highest-quality products to ensure our clients receive the best results possible.
Our goal is to address any issues immediately before they become a costly hazard to your property. With years of experience and countless satisfied clients, Atlas Piers of Atlanta is a trusted name in the foundation repair industry. If you need a residential foundation repair or assessment, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Our Foundation Repair Solutions
As trusted experts in foundation repair, we understand the unique challenges that come with different types of foundations and soil structures. No two foundation repair projects are the same. Our team of professionals is committed to analyzing your specific foundation needs to determine the most effective and efficient repair solution.
Whether your home requires piering, underpinning, or other solutions, our team has the expertise and experience to execute the project with the highest level of quality. We know that a strong foundation is paramount to the structural integrity and safety of your home, which is why we pride ourselves on providing reliable and durable repair solutions that stand the test of time.
For all your foundation piering needs, choose Atlas Piers of Atlanta. Our certified team offers efficient and reliable solutions, including helical and push piers. We prioritize quality service and customer satisfaction. Contact us for a consultation.
If you’re seeking reliable foundation anchoring services in Atlanta, look no further than Atlas Piers. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to ensuring the safety and stability of your foundation. We understand the stress and financial burden that can come with foundation issues, which is why we prioritize providing long-lasting, cost-effective solutions.
At Atlas Piers of Atlanta, we’ve seen first-hand the importance of a properly sealed basement. That’s why we offer basement sealing services aimed at keeping unwanted water and moisture out of your home. Our team of experienced professionals is equipped with the latest techniques and tools required to ensure a watertight seal, and we utilize only the best materials in the market.
If you are dealing with foundation problems, it’s essential to address them as soon as possible. At Atlas Piers of Atlanta, we are proud to offer our Polyjacking services for foundation repair. Polyjacking provides a less invasive and cost-effective alternative to traditional foundation repair methods. It involves injecting a polyurethane foam into the soil beneath your foundation, which expands and raises your home back to its original position. With our top-of-the-line equipment and experienced team, we guarantee quality polyjacking results.
SIGNS YOUR FOUNDATION NEEDS A REPAIR
As a homeowner, it’s important to be on the lookout for early signs of foundation failure. Some indicators of foundation failure are:
- Uneven or sagging floors
- Uneven, warped, or sagging ceilings
- Windows or doors that don’t fit correctly in their frames anymore
- Unlevel parts throughout your home
- Unexplained water damage or pooling water in your basement
- Cracked or crumbling outer foundation walls
- Long cracks on the inside of your basement or crawlspace walls
A foundation will settle naturally to a certain degree, as it adapts to the surrounding soil conditions and environment. However, at some point, the settling may be more than is safe to continue supporting the home structure.
If you see any of these issues, don’t ignore them. In most cases, addressing residential foundation repairs in the early stages makes the process easier, faster, and more affordable than waiting. Foundation problems can threaten your home investment and may lead to structural damage, which can reduce your home’s value.
THE #1 CAUSE OF RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION ISSUES
Foundation issues can be caused by a number of different culprits, but most of the time we see foundation repairs resulting from soil-related problems such as:
- Poor compaction
- Excessive organic material
- Expansion or contraction of soils around the foundation
Poor compaction generally means that the soil wasn’t compacted properly before building the foundation. As a result, the weight of the house has slowly compacted the soil over time, leading to damage to the foundation and a home that sinks into the ground.
Overloading simply means that the soil is structurally overloaded. It just doesn’t have the strength to hold up the home. In these cases, you may want to opt for a solution such as a helical pier. That relies on axial arms or blades that extend beyond the existing foundation so that your home is actually supported by different, nearby soil that has better composition.
With excessive organic materials, the solution can be to change the structure of the soil by adding certain elements. In other cases, adding underpinning or other supports can also help. Finally, with expansion and contraction, the water in the soil – along with the freeze-thaw cycles – has caused the home to shift. Again, in these situations, our experts can help you identify the best type of residential foundation repair for your needs.
ADDITIONAL CAUSES OF FOUNDATION DAMAGE
Many believe that because they live in the southern United States their homes are immune to this damaging factor. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Temperatures in Georgia can swing from the freezing point to 100+ Fahrenheit. During a rare winter freeze, moisture becomes trapped under the foundation creating pockets of ice. This ice can create small fractures in the foundation. When the weather warms, the soil expands and widens the fractures.
Although the soil in many places is loamy or sandy and soaks up rain quickly, heavy rains can cause a recurring flow of excess water that damages the foundation. This situation gets worse if your home is at the bottom of a slope or a hill. Other causes of excess water can be poorly maintained downspouts or clogged downspouts that don’t properly redirect rainwater away from your foundation. During Georgia’s rainy season, the high water table presses up against the foundation with increasing pressure. As this pressure builds, water will find its way into your basement through any concrete or block foundation through wall joints or pre-existing cracks. Sometimes the surrounding soil is wet in some areas and dry in others, causing the pressure on outside basement walls to be unevenly distributed. This is one of the most common causes of foundation cracks.
Landscaping & Wildlife
If your property has large bushes or trees close to the home structure, the roots can grow large enough to cause foundation damage. The roots grow and expand, pushing against the basement walls. They have also been known to enter existing cracks while small and create larger sections of damage as they increase in size. Sometimes tree roots will grow underneath the foundation itself, lifting the entire structure. Wildlife frequently dig tunnels along the foundation. When it rains, water flows through these tunnels directly to your basement walls.
WHEN YOU SEE THESE SIGNS – CALL US!
- Basement cracks that extend from floor to ceiling
- Doors that suddenly begin sticking
- Stuck windows
- Wall cracks
- Floors that sag
- Puddles of water on basement floors
- Wet crawl spaces when it hasn’t rained
- Uneven floors or ceilings
- Any of these signs when you have an older home
WHICH SIGNS ARE URGENT AND WHICH ARE LIVEABLE?
Seeing a cascading plaster crack in your wall for the first time can be disturbing. But not all cracks are bad. It’s normal for a foundation and house structure to “settle” in the first few years after construction.
But horizontal cracks on exterior basement walls often indicate a lot more than just the expected settling. They are more serious than vertical cracks because they show the effects of massive external water pressure on your foundation. Serious cracks are generally more than .6” and constitute an urgent situation. A professional assessment would be a wise investment at this time to make sure deterioration is not happening at a fast pace. It should be inspected before the remedy for this situation becomes urgent and very costly. Most reputable companies offer free estimates for repair.
Vertical cracks are commonplace and non-threatening. They do not threaten the integrity of the foundation and can easily be repaired with polyurethane injections or epoxy.
TYPES OF HAZARDOUS FOUNDATION CRACKS
There are two main types of foundation cracks that require immediate attention and correction. These are:
Horizontal Wall Displacement
When a large amount of excess moisture is allowed to pool near the house structure, it swells the surrounding soil around the foundation. Over time, this hydraulic pressure increases, allowing more soil to push inward against the foundation walls. Most of the time this can be corrected by bracing the basement walls.
Most homes settle after construction and you won’t even know it has happened. However, the vertical settlement that warrants foundation correction happens when the house structure tips in one direction as a unit. This is definitely detectable and stressful for the occupants. It often results in cracked walls, windows jamming, doors sticking, and floors cracking. This type of situation should be rectified as soon as possible. Most of the time it will involve piering to correct the load-bearing of the foundation.
HOW CAN FOUNDATION DAMAGE BE PREVENTED?
Some foundation damage can be expected in any home, especially in older homes. But there are some steps you can take to mitigate this. These steps include the following:
Balancing the soil base
The soil surrounding your foundation should be kept at a certain level of moistness. If the soil is too wet or too dry the process of expanding and contracting begins to create an unstable foundation. To keep the soil at the proper moisture level, consider installing a sprinkler system with timers to prevent cracking and deterioration.
Properly designed landscaping can be your partner in protecting your foundation. It isn’t just flowers and fruit trees. Landscape gardeners use science and strategy in the placement of bushes and other plants to draw excess moisture away from your foundation.
Most homeowners ignore their downspouts until they become clogged. This is unfortunate. Keeping your downspouts cleaned on a regular basis helps them direct excess water away from your foundation. Don’t wait with clogged downspouts. It could cost you dearly later. If your spouts don’t direct the flow far away from your foundation, have extensions installed that will do the job.
If your home sits at the bottom of a hill or slope, this is very important. If proper drainage was not installed when the home was built, you should correct this sooner rather than later. Solutions might include installing a sump pump or a French drain.
Contact Atlas Piers of Atlanta – Georgia’s Trusted Foundation Repair Contractors
Whether it’s due to the south’s expansive clay soils, frequent droughts, or other factors, it’s important to stay vigilant for early signs of foundation failure. This is where our team at Atlas Piers of Atlanta comes in. We are the trusted foundation repair contractors for countless homeowners throughout Georgia, offering a comprehensive range of solutions to address everything from cracks and settling to more complex issues.
With our expertise and experience, you can rest assured that your home’s foundation is in good hands. So why wait? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your home safe and structurally sound for years to come.