Your Guide to Finding Long-Lasting Foundation Repair Solutions 

We place a great deal of value in that which keeps our family safe from harm, making our homes one of our largest investments. You’ve put a lot of time, money, and trust in your home’s integrity, so encountering problems with its foundation can feel daunting. At AquaGuard, our foundation specialists can help guide you towards finding the foundation repair solution that will restore your home’s safety and value for years to come.

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A residential home that has been cracked alongside the brick layout of the foundation and needs serious repair.

Cracked bricks and separation at mortar are a common external sign of foundation failure.

Signs and Symptoms of Foundation Failure

As a homeowner, there are a few common signs that can help you determine when foundation repair might be needed.  You’ll know when to call a foundation specialist by keeping an eye out for the following issues: 

What Are the Main Causes of Foundation Failure?

If you’ve noticed the signs and symptoms of foundation failure in your home, your next step is to call a foundation specialist for a free foundation inspection. At AquaGuard, we offer free foundation inspections for Georgia homeowners. During these inspections, we’ll help you diagnose the root cause of your foundation failure. This is an essential step in discovering the foundation repair solution that is right for you home, as each foundation repair method addresses a different cause of damage. 

Here are some of the primary causes of foundation failure that we check for: 

  • Inadequate drainage or water management
  • Expansive soils
  • Poorly-compacted fill soil
  • Water damage
  • Hydrostatic pressure
wall failure
Push piers are installed in order to keep the residential home from leading any one direction keeping it straight upwards and flush.

Push piers are installed in order to keep the residential home from leaning any one direction—keeping it straight, upwards, and flush.

How Do You Repair a Sinking, Cracked Foundation?

Now that we’ve discussed the warning signs of foundation failure and the benefits of hiring a foundation specialist, you might be wondering how to go about repairing your foundation. When it comes to foundation repair, there’s no one-solution-fits-all. Because there’s a multitude of variables that can cause damage, including weak soil and excessive moisture, AquaGuard offers a multitude of solutions. When one of our foundation specialists inspects your property, they can help you determine the best possible solution for your individual circumstances. 

We provide homeowners with the following foundation repair solutions:

Pier Systems

Pier systems are designed to stabilize and (most of the time) raise or straighten foundation walls by transferring the weight of your home to deeper, more stable load-bearing soil.

What Kind of Foundation Failure Do Pier Systems Address?

This foundation repair solution is ideal for settlement due to weak soil.

Our different pier systems include:

  • Slab Piers: Slab piers are push piers that are designed to stabilize and, in some cases, raise slabs that have become uneven due to settlement. 
  • Push Piers: Push piers are the best foundation repair solution in unknown soil conditions. Homes that have settled can be lifted back into position and stabilized with this solution that reaches a greater depth than any other piering option. 
  • Helical Piers: Named for the helical plates welded to the pier shaft, helical piers provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation is transferred to the pier. With fast, effective installation, this foundation repair method can lift and stabilize foundations. 
    Wall Anchors

    Used in horizontal applications, wall anchors stabilize your foundation wall by anchoring to hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation. They can be tightened overtime to further straighten leaning, buckling, and bowing foundation walls.

    What Kind of Foundation Failure Do Wall Anchors Address?

    This is an ideal solution for strengthening foundation walls in situations where soil pressure is a concern.

    Our wall anchor systems include:

    Crawl Space SmartJack™ Support Posts

    Crawl Space SmartJack™ Support Posts provide added support to sagging and undersized crawl space floor joists. Support posts are ideal for fixing sloping and springy floors, as well as interior wall cracks and out-of-level door frames.

    When To Call An Expert For Foundation Repair

    When dealing with foundation issues, it’s always best to call a foundation specialist at the first sign of damage. Issues like stair-step foundation cracks, buckling walls, and sagging floors can devastate your home’s value and can be eyesores as well. If the damage threatens the structural integrity of your home, it will only worsen with time—being proactive can help prevent more extensive harm and more expensive repairs.

    At AquaGuard, our foundation repair specialists provide free foundation inspections that help determine the severity of the damage, what caused it, and the best possible way to fix the problem at its source. 

    Benefits of Professional Foundation Repair

    1. Thorough Inspections

    Our foundation specialists will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, and we’ll let you know exactly what steps in foundation repair need to be taken to stabilize your foundation, restoring value to your greatest investment. We’ll also provide an honest assessment of issues that do not necessarily need to be repaired, restoring your peace of mind.

    2. Save Time

    Serious foundation issues require a lot of work to be fixed and can be a very time-consuming process. Over time, your foundation will shift, causing aesthetic damage to your property that involves extensive repairs. Choosing to get your foundation repaired early on can save you time (and money) from much bigger problems down the road.

    3. Prevent Property Damage

    Most foundation problems can also affect the condition of your yard. Your yard is a big part of what gives your home curb appeal. If soil issues like erosion occur, it can make your home’s foundation unstable due to poor drainage. Foundation repair can address these issues to ensure you have a better drainage system and no standing water in your yard.

    4. Restore Your Home’s Overall Value

    Foundation repair can help increase the value of your home. When a potential homebuyer can see that you have taken the proper steps to ensure your foundation’s long-term stability, they will feel much more secure about investing in your home.

    5. Repair Structural—Not Just Cosmetic—Issues

    Our foundation repair systems are designed to stabilize your foundation walls and thus permanently repair the problem, not provide a BandAid fix. We’ll also bring your walls back to their original positions, regardless of why you’re experiencing a foundation problem in your home.

    A featured image of an Aquaguard Employee repairing a concrete slab drilling into the foundation.

    Can I Repair My Foundation On My Own?

    Unfortunately, home foundation repair doesn’t make for a great do-it-yourself project. Your foundation can uphold or destroy the value of your home, so it’s important to hire a structural engineer who can help you determine and execute the best repair solution. 

    However, there are a few things you can do around the home to prevent further foundation damage from occurring: 

    • Install a proper gutter system and downspouts to direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation.
    • Fix grading issues around the home to prevent standing water around your yard and near your foundation.
    • Plant deep-rooted trees and shrubs away from your home’s foundation to keep plants from competing with the soil for moisture.  
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    Why Trust AquaGuard For Your Foundation Repair

    Since 1995, we have helped guide more than 30,000 homeowners in the Atlanta and North Georgia region to foundation repair solutions that restored their home’s integrity and family’s safety. Warranted solutions, fine-tuned techniques, knowledge of the local environment, and commitment to integrity are just a few of the advantages you’ll enjoy when working with the highly-trained staff at AquaGuard.

    Certified Supportworks, Inc. Distributors

    We use foundation repair products and techniques engineered, manufactured, and distributed by Supportworks, Inc., North America’s largest and most respected residential foundation repair manufacturer network. Supportworks’ team of in-house structural and geotechnical engineers have carefully designed, tested, and patented solutions to permanently fix foundation problems of any kind. Each of our products and systems are based on time-honored solutions that meet all local and international engineering standards. Plus, they are nationally-backed by transferable warranties—in most cases for the life of the structure.

    Contact us today to schedule a free estimate for foundation repair. Find out why homeowners in Atlanta and across North Georgia have trusted us for over two decades to stabilize their homes and fix foundations permanently.

    Your Local Foundation Repair Contractor Serving Greater Atlanta

    AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is your local certified Supportworks, Inc. contractor, providing structural repair services to homeowners throughout Greater Atlanta and North Georgia. We specialize in new construction foundation supports and foundation repairs of all types. We look forward to helping you with all your home foundation repair issues in Marietta, Greater Atlanta, Athens, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Rome, Douglasville, Carrollton, Peachtree City, Covington, and everywhere in between.

    Contact AquaGuard today at (770) 415-2030 for your free no obligation foundation repair estimate.

    Common Foundation Repair Q & A’s

    Is it safe to live in a house with foundation problems?

    A home with foundation problems can be dangerous for both your health and your finances. Foundation damage will only get worse with time, which means that the longer you put it off, the more expensive it will be to repair. When the damage is caught early enough, foundation problems may cause no immediate threat to your livelihood. Small foundation cracks can be quick and easy to repair. Foundation problems that have been neglected over many years, however, can cause major structural damage to the home. For example, a settling foundation can cause severe damage and can eventually lead to other issues with your foundation walls and floor.

    What kind of foundation problems does AquaGuard fix?

    From severe expanding wall cracks to sinking floors, our company has the solution to fix your foundation. Here at AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, there’s no residential foundation problem we can’t fix!

    How long does foundation repair take?

    For our contractors, a typical home foundation repair takes less than a week to complete.

    How much does foundation repair cost?

    The cost of your foundation repair will depend on how severe the damage is and what method is used. At AquaGuard, we take pride in making the costs associated with your foundation repair clear and easy to understand—we provide free foundation repair quotes that include an on-site inspection and a detailed cost proposal. We’re confident that we provide the most thorough, practical, and transparent solutions North Georgia. However, if you receive a lower-priced proposal for the same scope of work and materials, as a part of our price assurance guarantee, we’ll beat it by $100.

    What is the best foundation repair method?

    The best foundation repair method will be different depending on the specific kind of foundation failure you’re dealing with. If your foundation is failing due to unstable or weak soil, a pier system may be the best solution for you. If soil pressure is causing your foundation walls to cave in and crack, you might consider wall anchors. No matter the cause of your foundation damage, our foundation repair contractors are happy to help you find a long-lasting solution for your home.

    Will my insurance cover my foundation repair?

    Certain types of foundation damage may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, like flooding and faulty plumbing. Yet, as a general rule, foundation repairs aren’t covered by most insurance plans, so you’ll want to discuss with an agent what your policy covers.

    Does AquaGuard offer financing?

    Because foundation repairs can get expensive and insurance policies don’t offer much relief, AquaGuard offers a variety of financing options for homeowners. We want to help make it possible for our customers to make the best decision for the stability of their home and their finances.

    What kind of warranty does AquaGuard offer?

    All of our systems come with a written warranty — so that you know the problem was fixed right, the first time.

    How do I schedule a foundation inspection?

    To schedule a free inspection and receive a free foundation repair quote, contact us today! Each inspection is free of charge and includes an in-person consultation with one of our foundation repair experts.

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