Many homeowners feel that if their foundation is cracked or damaged, the logical thing to do is to replace it. However, as with most home repairs, it’s important to consider ALL your options if you want to get the most for your money and the least disruption of daily family life.
Whether you choose to repair or replace the foundation, this is a job you’ll only want to take care of once. The most important thing is to find an effective, permanent solution from a contractor you can trust.
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we’d like to help you find the best solution to your foundation problem. We can perform a comprehensive inspection of your foundation, providing a professional consultation and a written cost quote. If you’d like to schedule a free foundation repair quote, call or e-mail us today!
What’s Causing My Foundation Problem?
In a nutshell, foundation settlement is the movement your home experiences when the soil beneath it shrinks, settles, or can no longer support the structure’s weight.
Changes that occur in those soils—such as drying & shrinking, wetting & softening, compacting and swelling—all affect the stability, strength and overall condition of your foundation.
A foundation with bowing, buckling walls is demonstrating the damage caused by expansive soils. When clay-rich soils absorb moisture, their volume increases dramatically.
This can increase pressure on your home’s foundation walls by thousands of pounds, causing walls to bow and buckle inward.
A home that is experiencing foundation issues is not likely to get better on its own. As the constant cycle of wet and dry periods continues, your home is likely to experience damage on a continuing basis. The sooner the problem is addressed, the better.
With total foundation replacement, heavy equipment is brought in to totally excavate the soil around your home and expose the foundation. Anything around the foundation—such as porches, steps, gardens, walkways, and foliage—would be removed.
The house would need to be jacked up on temporary supports as the foundation walls and slab floor and are removed. After the new foundation is built, the house is lowered into place, the soil is replaced and the landscape details are restored as much as possible.
This process is disruptive, time-consuming, and much more expensive than foundation repair.
Following a thorough foundation inspection, the foundation repair contractor will explain how and why the damage occurred, and how specialized materials and techniques can be used to make permanent repairs.
There are a variety of solutions that can be applied. If you have buckling foundation walls, for example, foundation wall anchors may be suggested as the solution. Foundation settlement issues are often solved with foundation piers.
Foundation repair can be performed year-round, and many repairs just take a day to complete. Our foundation products include a 25-year written warranty, as well as our own performance warranty. More about our foundation repair products.
Do You Recommend Repairing The Foundation Or Replacing It?
While there are some extreme cases where a foundation just can’t be fixed, we recommend repairing the foundation whenever possible.
Total foundation replacement is extremely disruptive and expensive, but more importantly, it doesn’t address the true source of the problem: your foundation soils.
Since you’ve built a new foundation on the same troublesome soil, you can expect the same behavior from that soil—the kind that will “break” your new foundation, just like it did the old one!
What Makes Foundation Repair Better?
A reliable foundation contractor will do more than simply repair a damaged foundation. Their repair strategy will take problematic soils and site conditions into consideration so that the original problems cannot recur.
Push piers, for example, extend deep below your foundation, driving past poor supporting soils to bedrock or competent strata to support your foundation and permanently stop settlement.
Wall anchors reach beyond foundation walls, using the strong, virgin soils beyond the backfill area of your foundation to anchor the foundation walls and counteract inward pressure.
Why Hire An AquaGuard Contractor?
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we are proud to be a respected member of the Groundworks contractor network and to have each of our employees professionally certified through the network’s international headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Groundworks is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of foundation stabilization systems for existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.
While words like “trust”, “integrity” and “quality” are used by most companies these days, Groundworks is a special network where these virtues are reflected in daily decision making and operation. These values are upheld by Groundworks’ talented and dedicated staff, and they play into AquaGuard’s own core values that we strive to live out each and every day. We are a service company with integrity, driven to making the “extraordinary”, ordinary, Committed to our customers, ourselves, and our community, Selfless in our pursuit to serve others.
All of Groundworks’™ foundation repair products include a written manufacturer’s warranty, which is nationally-backed and fully transferable if and when you decide to sell your home.
Call Us For A Free Foundation Quote In Georgia!
As Atlanta and North Georgia’s exclusive, authorized Groundworks contractor, we have the tools, training, and professional foundation services you need to permanently solve your problem. Our patented, warrantied solutions can be customized to resolve your home’s specific needs, preserve the value and structural stability of your home, and ultimately restore your peace of mind.
We offer free foundation repair quotes throughout our service area. Each written quote includes an on-site inspection of your problem, professional answers to all your foundation questions, and a copy of our 90-page full-color foundation repair book.
We proudly serve North Georgia, including Marietta, Atlanta, Athens, Rome, and many areas nearby.