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Engineered Solutions of Georgia, a company that provides commercial and residential foundation restoration and waterproofing, recently announced its placement on Inc.’s 2017 list of 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Founded in 2006, the Marietta, Ga.-based company ranked No. 4345 on the 2017 list, sharing this year’s honor with other well known companies such as Halo Top Creamery, Bitly and Orangetheory Fitness. This year marks Inc.’s 36th year recognizing America’s burgeoning private companies.

Of the company’s recent accolade, co-owner Jay Eastland said, “We are honored to rank among such prestigious private companies. This achievement is a true reflection of the value of our people and the tremendous effort they bring to Engineered Solutions of Georgia every day.”

Companies that made the Inc. 5000  list, on average, grew sixfold from 2013-2016. During that time, the economy only grew 6.7%, yet Engineered Solutions of Georgia grew 59%.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.

The Path to Success

After working together in the foundation repair and basement waterproofing industry for years, in 2006, Jay Eastland and Luis Cuevas set out to create their own company that went against the norm. Together, they launched Marietta, Ga.-based Engineered Solutions of Georgia as a true construction company that focused on solving complex problems rather than providing cookie-cutter repairs. “We felt that there was a void in the marketplace for a company that offered a solutions-oriented approach–one that customized repairs to the specific needs of the project and the customer,” says Eastland, co-owner. “We also felt it was important to provide custom engineering rather than operate solely on industry standards.”

Engineered Solutions of Georgia quickly gained a reputation as a hungry company that did not walk away from tough projects. “We were and still are very committed to providing the best possible solution to a given problem.” says Cuevas, co-owner. Engineered Solutions of Georgia is innovative in means and methods, and that has led to a lot of cross-purposed and custom-manufactured equipment.

Engineered Solutions of Georgia is the only true design build contractor in its market, with an in-house Engineering Department that allows it to provide specific designs for its customers. “Our industry often operates on industry standards, but we go above and beyond by providing value through true in-house engineering,” says Cuevas.

Engineered Solutions of Georgia has two professional engineers on staff, as well as auto cad specialists. This allows the company to not only function in a design capacity, but also interact with other design professionals on projects to streamline the facilitation of cost-effective mathematically sound repairs.

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An unfinished basement space can go unnoticed for years until a homeowner finally decides to finish it – and any leaks are somewhat inconsequential. Once the space is built out however, leaks become a significant source of concern. Here are a few tips on what to look for and how to resolve any leak issues:

Seepage through the Floor

Most homeowner’s encounter water in their basements when it seeps up through the floor. In many parts of the United States, the lower part of a house is actually constructed below the natural water table. For this reason, the water in the surrounding environment seeks its own level and will infiltrate a poorly waterproofed floor and leave small – or large! – puddles in the basement. If this is the case with your home, the only solutions are to improve drainage around the house and to completely seal the basement floor and walls against seepage.

Inadequate Waterproofing of the Walls

More insidious than water seeping through the floor is the infiltration of water through the walls of your basement. Often, it is hard to recognize that this is indeed what is happening. Check such things as bubbling or other distortions in wallpaper, paint and even paneling to determine if water is moving into the living space. Another, more obvious, and far more serious, indication is a crack in the actual foundation. This last situation should be checked by a professional ASAP and dealt with as necessary or the homeowner is surely in for a very expensive repair.

Overall Poor Drainage around the House

When water works its way into your home’s basement, the first step should be to relieve reason and not just patch up the symptom. The first place to look is outside the home and the drainage system that protects the house. Every rain gutter should be properly vented at lease six feet from the home. In addition, any low spots near the home should be filled to eliminate any water running back towards the house. Finally, trees and shrubs should be planted around the base of the home, as they naturally, and beautifully, will absorb a lot of the water that falls in a normal rainstorm.

Any Evidence of Mold

Mold is quite fastidious in its choice of environments. Simply put, it must have a regular supply of moisture or it just cannot survive. Still, it can survive in the most unlikely of places so any evidence of mold should be thoroughly investigated. If it is a simple case of condensation then a dehumidifier can usually solve the problem. More extensive mold growth means that water is infiltrating the space and the homeowner must figure out the cause. It really pays to determine the cause at the outset as further problems, and far more expensively solved ones surely lay ahead.

For more information on the warning signs of basement leaks and other home plumbing repair issues, please contact us at Engineered Solutions of Georgia. We can be found online at ESOGRepair.com or reached directly at 678-290-1325

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Ground isn’t always stable enough to build on. Unfortunately, people do it anyway, and sometimes they end up with foundation problems down the line. Granted, the topic of foundation problems is a very complicated one, with varied causes:
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Ground Composition

Sometimes certain ground is inherently more prone to stability issues than others; Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, and Missouri are the states where you’ll find this most.

Precipitation And Weathering

Sinkholes can form when rain water seeps down and loosens the already unstable earth below. They can also form when water drainage patterns change, and new drainage patterns develop. Sinkholes in Georgia are brought on by the slow, natural process of erosion in the underground limestone caves. While this erosion takes place over a period of thousands of years, when it reaches its climax, the land within a few hundred feet above the limestone collapses – sometimes very rapidly.

Human Activity

Substrata instability can occur from abandoned mines, as well as from errors in construction from civil engineers and foundation contractors.

Whatever the cause of your foundation problem, one of the most effective methods of fixing the foundation of an existing structure is pressure grouting.

Pressure grouting is a common foundation repair technique that involves pumping a cement mixture into the ground underneath a structure, to make the foundation on which it rests, more stable. Although pressure grouting is sometimes used to treat unstable foundations of buildings, it’s generally used in smaller foundation projects. Specifically speaking, the whole point of pressure grouting is to seal off bedrock and prevent soil from further seeping into the cavities made within it (also known as sinkholes). To explain further, pipes are injected deep into the earth, all the way down to the bedrock. They then carry the cement filling mixture until these cavities are filled. The depth at which the pipes must be pushed down, may vary quite a bit depending on the size of the structure, the nature of the soil, etc.

Pressure is another factor that tends to vary from project to project, and is determined by a pressure gauge (which is used between the concrete pump and the injection pipes). The mixture or grout is pumped into the pipes, while the structure at hand is closely analyzed for movement. Once the pressure reaches 300 psi (for example), the grout pipe is usually extracted in 5′ increments, the process then starts from the beginning, until the ground has been stabilized within about 10 feet of the surface.

Some critics of pressure grouting argue that it isn’t as effective a method of foundation stability as helical piering might be – which may explain why it’s sometimes more cost effective than its counterpart. Nevertheless, pressure grouting is the perfect foundation stability solution for concrete structures that aren’t raised. Helical piers can attach themselves to a building, but if you have a structure like a patio, this can become a bit more complicated, and many opt for pressure grouting in this circumstance.

If you’re in search of a foundation stability method for your sinkholes, etc, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re your top of the line Atlanta pressure grouting contractors!

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Sticking doors and creaking floors may be indications that your home’s foundation has problems. Those problems could range from a damaged slab to one that is sagging or structurally weak. While the foundation is just a concrete base, it also plays an important role in the building’s envelope. Along with that, it provides support for all of the structural elements and protects those within the home. If you are dealing with a damaged foundation slab or need other major renovations performed on your home, it is essential to understand the basics of house leveling.  Consider the following services provided by foundation contractors:

  • The Installation of House Leveling Supports
    One of the basic services that foundation contractors provide is the installation of metal or concrete supports. The foundation design of every property is unique, so a contractor will examine the structure to come up with the simplest and most effective plan possible. When repairing the slab, supports may be driven into the ground to help support the weight of the building. Additionally, supports may be installed in a crawl space at ground level or under the home using other methods. The focus of any house-leveling project is the support of the structure’s weight.
  • The Replacement of Rotten Wood
    Wooden joists may be used to support some of your home’s weight across the foundation. Failure of those joists can result in the structure placing uneven stress on the foundation. The slab may disintegrate as the weight of the house exerts downward pressure. The foundation contractor will have to replace the decayed wood wherever possible as a means of balancing the building’s weight. The slab will be repaired to strengthen the supports as much as possible.
  • Jacking and Shimming
    While the leveling strategies will differ depending on the structure, jacking and is an effective solution for many homes. This strategy involves raising a part of the slab and inserting strong shims in certain locations. This is done in much the same way that you would level a refrigerator or dishwasher. By using shims, it is possible to make the area that the home rests on level. Prior to deciding on a particular repair solution, a foundation contractor must carefully evaluate the home. Shimming may only be temporarily effective in locations here the ground tends to shift due to poor soil quality.
  • Reduce the Potential for Shifting
    Leveling a house will not be a permanent solution unless the house is properly maintained. Once the slab has been repaired, care should be taken to keep standing water and components of the irrigation system away from the home. When the ground under the home becomes saturated, this will make it more likely to shift and can cause the house to become structurally unstable.

No matter where a home is located, its foundation can decay given enough time. As soon as a homeowner notices strange cracking or other issues with the structure, they should contact a professional to inspect the site. Discovering foundation problems early on can keep the cost of leveling the house low by limiting the extent of the damage.

Given that your foundation is such an integral part of your home, you cannot afford to let just any company work on it. ESGO has experience dealing with different types of foundation problems and house leveling. Contact us immediately to learn what we can do for you!

 

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The availability of land in prime areas is becoming increasingly limited, and home owners wishing to move into these areas are faced with the prospect of buying an existing home and remodeling or tearing the old one down and starting again. There are several advantages to a tear down in that the new structure can be built to current standards, be more energy efficient, and designed to suit the owner.file000478137373

However, it’s not necessary to demolish the foundations. Provided they are robust, in good condition, and strong enough to support the new building, they can be reused saving time, money, and materials.

Why Reuse Existing Foundations?

Depending on when the original structure was built, the existing foundations may comply with current building codes and be in good condition. By retaining these foundations, construction of your new building can start sooner and costs will be substantially lower.

It also avoids the need for extensive earthworks, which cause disruption, and the time needed to build new foundations. Reusing existing foundations is a cost effective solution and avoids the need for demolition of the current foundations.

Foundation Repairs

It’s probable that repairs will be required to the existing foundations and it’s necessary to obtain a full inspection report on the condition of the existing foundation before starting work.

However, once the old home has been demolished, any repairs are easily effected and this is also an excellent time to attend to the water proofing of the old basement to ensure that there are no future problems. Any external concrete repairs required can also be tackled, especially if there has been any subsidence or other movement.

Simpler Permits

It’s very likely that your building work permit requirements will be simpler because the original foundations are being retained. In some cases, permits may not even be needed. However, it’s wise to ensure there are no special requirements, such as the need to retain historical features, and to make sure the new building is constructed in compliance with local regulations.

Environmentally Friendly

Reusing your existing foundation helps the environment. First, there’s no need to demolish and dump tons of old concrete. Second, the damage to the local environment around your building is less as there is a limited need for earthworks and evacuations. Existing vegetation can be left largely undisturbed.

At the same time, your new home will use less energy and you can incorporate green features to further reduce the impact on the environment. Your neighbors are sure to welcome the fact that the construction time is short and they won’t be inconvenienced while your new home is being erected.

Design Advantages

Although there will be some design constraints from using the existing foundations, you will be able to introduce new solutions and model the structure to suit your needs. Should the need arise, it is possible to make alterations to the foundations to allow you to take advantage of modern building techniques.

The appearance of your new building can be modern and pleasing yet still comply with local requirements. By taking advantage of developments in building techniques, you will have a better insulated structure with new features that you wouldn’t be able to introduce if you simply remodeled an old building.

Let ESOG Show You the Way      

If you are considering a tear down, speak to the professionals at ESOG. We have over 30 years of combined experience in foundation restoration. Our team will ensure that your old foundations are in good shape and, if necessary, refurbished into tip top condition to enhance and provide a solid foundation for your new building.

 

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SinkholesSinkholes have begun to appear in various places around the world in recent times. In the various places that sinkholes have appeared, odd occurrences have come up.

Sinkholes happen due to a combination of erosion and the drainage of water. They can be a few feet wide to large enough to swallow entire buildings. Many times, they happen without warning. This happened in Kentucky at the National Corvette Museum.

At the time the sinkhole appeared, there were over five thousand Corvettes on the scene. Many fans had gathered from around the country to see the Corvettes. Luckily, the 40 foot wide, 60 foot deep sinkhole opened when the museum closed, so no one was hurt. However, a few of the Corvettes fell into the hole, causing a million dollars in damages. Museum officials were not aware of the sinkhole previously.

How Sinkholes Occur

Sinkholes are quite curious occurrences. Two types of sinkholes exist: the kind that develop slowly over time and the kind that happen suddenly. The former are called cover-subsidence sinkholes and the latter are called cover collapse sinkholes. Both have the same basic cause.

Sinkholes happen in areas of land where water causes the dissolution of soluble bedrock. With cover-subsidence sinkholes, the exposed bedrock is slowly worn down and water-filled holes form. These holes often become ponds. With cover collapse sinkholes, this process occurs unseen, underneath soil or sediment. The hole becomes heavy and collapses on its own weight.

The Cause of Sinkholes

Unfortunately, a lot of the sinkholes that occur nowadays are indirectly caused by humans. They happen when man made constructions cause runoff to concentrate in one area. Most sinkholes occur locally and don’t cause a lot of harm. However, there have been major sinkholes that have caused deaths, such as one that happened in Guatemala City. This sinkhole managed to swallow a three-story building and kill fifteen people.

The sinkhole that occurred at the National Corvette Museum was a subsidence-collapse sinkhole. The cause was believed to be the existence of underground caves. The museum has decided to keep a portion of the sinkhole to attract visitors. An attempt will be made to repair the other portion.

Repairing and Preventing Sinkholes

Repairing a sinkhole can be a daunting task, especially if the hole is large. Once it has happened, a drastic undertaking of removing rubble and filling in the sinkhole must take place.

However, if there are signs of a sinkhole, it can be prevented. If the foundation is unstable, it can be stabilized to prevent the hole from sinking in further. Since sinkholes are often caused by humans, they can also be prevented with human intervention.

Engineered Solutions of Georgia does extensive work with sinkholes, such as repairing damage done by them and preventing them. Since sinkholes can occur anywhere, even in the home, it is best to rely on the service of Engineered Solutions of Georgia for any sinkhole related services.

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foundation issuesThe foundation of your home or commercial property is where your entire investment rests. If you have cracks or serious issues in your foundation, you should always seek professional help immediately. Homeowners are often tempted by DIY options for minor issues. While epoxy putty is a great trick, it is merely a stopgap for preventing water and moisture from worsening the damage. Always have your foundation problems fixed at the first sign of trouble.

Your home is not the only thing that relies on a sound foundation; your health and security do as well. Foundation issues are usually caused by water damage. This can lead to unstable footing, mold, and other issues. Even small cracks can grow into bigger ones that can leave you with a serious problem on your hand.

Check Your Water Pressure and Accumulation

As was stated earlier, an epoxy solution will not fix the underlying problem. It is merely a temporary solution to keep the water out of your foundation. Groundwater from busted lines or runoff can accumulate around the foundation and put pressure on the walls. Always be aware of what is happening on your property. You never know what a routine stroll around the house will uncover.

At Engineered Solutions of Georgia, we offer structural engineering services for residential and commercial properties. While many property owners wait until disaster strikes before they seek professional help, a routine inspection is advisable, especially if you are in a high-risk area.

For DIYers, always make sure your drainage systems, including gutters and drains, are in good working order. Also, ensure your property is resting at the proper incline to lessen the chance for water buildup. If you have a perimeter drainage system, make sure it is not backed up and that the water is running away from the house as is intended.

Do Not Put Off Repairing Serious Damages Due to Costs

Foundations are capable of tipping, bowing, and severely cracking. This requires serious professional help. When this happens, a contractor will reinforce the foundation with wood or steel braces. One cost-effective solution involves epoxy stripping combined with carbon-fiber mesh. Your contractor will inform you of the correct approach for your unique situation.

Working with a good structural engineering service and experienced professionals will keep you informed of any weak spots on your property. Contact Engineered Solutions of Georgia today for more information.

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WaterproofingCrawl spaces are dark, unfinished, often underground areas that don’t get nearly as much attention as the rest of your home. These conditions make them ideal for fungus growth, especially if you don’t practice proper waterproofing techniques or check your crawl space regularly. Unfortunately, condensation collects even faster than usual in hot, humid Georgia. As mold and mildew build up and spread throughout the hot space, your consequences could range from headaches and breathing problems to severe structural damage.

Fortunately, all of these risks are preventable. For example, our crawl space encapsulation service creates an airtight seal to prevent structural damage, energy loss, odors, flooding, and other common consequences of moisture buildup.

However, certain construction choices will compromise an otherwise well-sealed crawl space, ultimately causing expensive, inconvenient, and potentially disastrous household hazards. Prevent unnecessary property damage by avoiding the following four risk factors in your crawl space.

Uncovered or excessive vents

Vents may seem like a good way to prevent moisture buildup, but it’s not that simple in a crawl space. In older homes, most crawl space vents are designed to stay open and circulate air, not dehumidify or eliminate water. During the summer, hot outdoor air may circulate through your cooler indoor spaces, creating condensation and all the risks associated with it. Precipitation also causes problems when vents are left open.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy warns that passive crawl space vents are counterproductive additions that retain moisture and heat. They call for exhaust fans and mechanical vents, which work together to ventilate moisture and stabilize air pressure and temperature.

Inadequate drainage

Outdated plumbing is another red flag for crawl spaces, especially those that are underground or behind major plumbing installations. Standing pools of water invite insects to breed and create electrocution hazards, and flooding does irreversible damage to your belongings and support structures.

If your plumbing system doesn’t have an effective drainage system, your pipes may leak or burst to relieve the water pressure. In a large crawl space, such as a basement, there should be a recessed drain on the floor itself that’s capable of draining large amounts of water quickly.

Spray foam insulation

One of the most popular forms of insulation comes in a high-pressure can. This foam expands rapidly to fill tight spaces, so it’s a common choice for wall cavities, roofs, attics, and basements. It’s also one of the most energy-efficient options for walls, because it’s so effective at blocking heat, air, and water. However, the very same properties that make spray foam insulation so effective could actually cause problems in your crawl space.

If you have wood walls or beams, moisture may get trapped between your foam and the wood, causing these support structures to start rotting. If your insulation is open cell foam rather than closed cell, it will absorb water vapor rather than trapping it.

Fiberglass insulation

Fiberglass is another poor choice for crawl space insulation, because it absorbs moisture and traps it in the contained space.  Unless you inspect your insulation frequently or schedule regular energy audits, you may not realize it’s a problem until it’s too late. This insulation is designed for use in well-ventilated spaces with exhaust systems that send water vapor outdoors.

Remember: fiberglass isn’t a protective barrier against water, and if water does collect on it, the insulation will actually sponge it up instead.

 

If you notice any of these problems in your home, contact us to learn more about our basement waterproofing services. Our dedicated specialists will work hard to make sure your crawl space is waterproof and sealed.

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If you are dealing with a damaged concrete slab or cracked foundation, Engineered Solutions of Georgia can help get you back on solid ground. We use a highly advanced poly lift system that showcases the best in modern engineering and uses affordable and cutting-edge technology to offer you a lifetime of support.

Expert Diagnosis

Our system starts with a thorough assessment that will determine the cause of damage and diagnose the status of the soil beneath your concrete slab. This soil is typically crack in home foundation that needs repairthe source of major damage. Over time, changing weather conditions, erosion and other forces of nature can take their toll and destabilize foundations, causing your concrete slab to settle and crack. Luckily, our experts can restore stability by restoring the integrity of the soil beneath your foundation.

Quick and Precise Repairs

We use a common sense approach to repairs, which means that your concrete slab can be back in commission in just one day. After the site has been evaluated, our experts will drill 3/8 inch holes in strategic positions. These holes will allow our experts to inject Precision Lift foam, which will fill in voids, strengthen the soil and return the slab to a level position. Our specially engineered system is so accurate that your concrete slab can be adjusted by 1/10 of an inch at a time. We will slowly and deliberately lift your slab so that you don’t have to worry about repairs down the road.

Experience the Poly Lift Difference

Repair dangerous cracks and level out uneven surfaces with our quick and affordable Poly Lift System. If you truly want to address the cause of your damaged or uneven concrete slab and not just apply a temporary bandage, then you have to find the source. Our system offers a lasting solution because it gets right to the root of the problem by stabilizing and strengthening the soil beneath the slab. By using innovative Poly Lift foam, we can restore your concrete slab in no time.

Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

We also have a commitment to providing superior customer service. Once your concrete slab has been repaired, we will thoroughly clean the site and meet with you to review the job and ensure complete customer satisfaction. After we pack up and leave, the only sign that we were ever there will be your newly repaired concrete slab. We won’t call a job finished until you have given it your personal stamp of approval.

A Step above the Competition

Other comprehensive solutions may also cost you more time and money. You could opt for a complete replacement, but imagine the time and mess involved with taking on such a big project. It will require days of demolition and installation and general inconvenience. Traditional mudjack systems also lift the slab and fill in voids, but this requires more heavy equipment and uses concrete fillers. Why not go beyond concrete and opt for a more powerful and long-lasting material that can be injected without using invasive equipment?

If you are looking for a fast, affordable and long lasting solution to your concrete slab repair needs, then Engineered Solutions of Georgia has the obvious choice for you. We pride ourselves on using technology to perform true feats of artistry. While we might deal with concrete and Poly Fill foam, we approach each project with the eye of an artist and the precision of a surgeon. Contact us today to discuss your concrete slab project and learn more about the difference our Poly Lift System can make. We look forward to hearing from you!