Atlanta’s Top Choice for Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing
Your house is likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so when it comes to upkeep, it pays to be proactive. If you’ve noticed cracks in your home’s foundation, this is something you’ll want to investigate right away, as it could be a sign of something serious. For expert advice, turn to the professionals at Engineered Solutions of Georgia—Atlanta’s top choice for foundation repair and basement waterproofing. Since 2006, we’ve provided reliable foundation repair and other specialty construction services to residents throughout Fulton County, Cobb County, and beyond.
What Sets Us Apart From Other Foundation Repair Companies
While Engineered Solutions of Georgia is not the only foundation repair and waterproofing company serving homeowners in the Atlanta area, there are a number of ways in which we distinguish ourselves from the others. For instance, our customers consistently choose to work with us over our competitors because of our:
Our team has more than 150 years of combined industry experience. Therefore, when you partner with us for your foundation repair or basement waterproofing project, you can rest easy knowing you’re working with seasoned professionals. We’re also the only residential foundation repair company in the area with an in-house structural engineering department. This allows us to take a more technical, scientific approach to addressing your home’s foundation damage, rather than simply patching up the cracks and considering the job done like some other companies might do.
When it comes to foundation repair, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Fortunately, we specialize in a wide range of foundation repair techniques and have a team of geotechnical experts who can think outside the box to provide our customers with the best, long-lasting solutions to their individual needs and budget.
For much of our foundation repair and basement waterproofing work, we offer a Life of the Structure warranty to give our customers peace of mind in their investments. However, when one of our licensed structural engineers is involved with a foundation repair project, we can back our work with a Triple Protection Warranty which covers material, workmanship, and design. That’s a level of protection that you won’t find with any other foundation repair company in Atlanta.
Addressing Foundation Damage at Your Atlanta-area Home
If you suspect that your home needs foundation repair, you likely have a lot of questions. That’s why we’ve compiled a brief rundown that includes the most common causes of foundation damage, telltale signs that your foundation may be sinking or shifting, how you can tell when foundation cracks are serious, and the most effective methods of foundation repair. We hope that this guide will give you the information you need. Of course, if you would like to speak to one of our foundation repair experts in person, or would like to schedule an appointment to have us come out and perform an inspection of your home’s foundation, simply contact us to get started.
What Causes Foundation Damage to Form?
One of the most common causes of foundation damage is a significant change in soil moisture. If the soil around your foundation experiences a sudden rise in moisture—usually due to heavy precipitation, plumbing leaks, or a rising water table—this can exert considerable hydrostatic pressure on your foundation. While less common, it can also work the other way as well: If a drought causes the ground moisture to dry up, the soil structures can shrink, which may cause the foundation to sink or settle unevenly.
In other cases, the soil beneath a house may not have been properly or sufficiently compacted before the house was built. As such, the uppermost layers of soil may lack the load-bearing capacity needed to keep the foundation and the structure adequately supported.
Some instances of foundation damage may have little to do with ground conditions and more to do with how the foundation itself was constructed. If low-quality concrete was used to build the foundation, or if the reinforcing bar (rebar) used wasn’t the appropriate size and grade, there’s a good chance that the foundation will begin to fail at some point and require repair work.
How Do You Know if Foundation Cracks Are Serious?
It’s not uncommon for a foundation to develop small cracks over time as a house settles and the moisture in the concrete dissipates. Very slight vertical or spidery cracking is usually not a cause for concern, as this is typically only surface-level and doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the foundation. However, foundation cracks are usually serious and warrant further investigation when they are:
- Horizontal in orientation
- In a “stair-step” pattern
- Wider than 1/8 of an inch
- Worsening at a noticeable rate
- Allowing moisture inside your basement
Other Common Signs of Foundation Damage
Aside from visible cracks in your foundation, other common indicators of foundation damage include:
- Cracks in your walls or ceiling, especially sprawling up from window and door frames
- Windows or doors that have become hard to open or close
- Displaced or cracked molding or baseboards
- Cabinets or counters pulling away from the walls
- Cracks in tile flooring
- Sloping floors or floorboards that feel “bouncy”
Most Common Types of Foundation Repair
The only way to tell which type of foundation repair would be most appropriate for addressing issues at your home is to have a professional perform a thorough inspection of your foundation. Some of the most common foundation repair techniques that we offer at Engineered Solutions of Georgia include:
- Installing screw-like helical piers around the perimeter to stabilize and lift the foundation
- Installing resistance piers, also known as “push piers,” which transfer the weight of the foundation to the bedrock or stronger underlying soil structures
- Stabilizing cracked or bowing foundation walls with tiebacks or wall plate anchors
- Using carbon fiber support straps to reinforce and stabilize foundation walls
- Filling subterranean voids or leveling concrete slabs with a fast-curing poly lift system
- Filling in cracks in the foundation walls and floor to prevent moisture from getting into your basement or crawlspace
In some cases, we may recommend a combination of the above foundation repair methods to provide you with a lasting solution to your foundation damage or wet basement issues.
Trust Engineered Solutions of Georgia for a Lifetime of Support
Engineered Solutions of Georgia is the top choice of Atlanta homeowners when it comes to foundation repair and basement waterproofing services. If you are concerned about possible foundation damage at your home, our team can perform an in-depth, professional assessment to determine the root cause of any issues that may be present. Based on our findings, we will advise you as to what the best next steps would be to ensure the structural integrity of your home for many years to come. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.