April showers bring May flowers, but coming on the heels of the wettest winter on record they may also produce unexpected foundation issues.

Changing weather patterns and extreme weather events are creating new issues for builders and homeowners. But stormy weather is no cause for concern with Cantsink’s patented helical piers beneath your foundation. Cantsink offers an effective underground support system for new construction as well as a remedial solution for restoring alignment or increasing elevation.

Experts are predicting unprecedented flooding in many parts of the East Coast during the next few months. The Midwest has already borne the brunt of snow melt, heavy rain and extreme storm activity. And coastal states are reconsidering their flood zone boundaries and building codes.

Cantsink was called in to provide support for a Jacksonville, FL, home built to replace a razed structure damaged by extreme weather. Local government rezoned the lot because the storm activity had revealed its location to be more flood-prone than initially assumed. The rezoning required a building elevation three feet higher than the previous structure.

Engineers working with Alexander Grace Consulting specified pier columns to elevate the house connected with a shallow concrete grade beam to help it withstand lateral stress. Cantsink helical piers were installed below ground to stabilize the new elevated design.

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Complicating the installation, geotechnical reports showed very inconsistent soils and a potential dense layer 38-55 feet below grade. Plus, site conditions required the installation to be accomplished without disturbing the nearby marshland, and a potential penalty of $10,000 for violation.

This made installation of Cantsink helical piers the ideal solution because they avoided the need for heavy machinery that could have encroached on the marshland. Cantsink helical piers are installed with a skid steer, which is less expensive to mobilize and easier to maneuver on the site. Finally, work had to be coordinated with tidal flows, which intermittently interfered with visibility and work requirements in the pre-dug footings.

Cantsink’s patented helical piers provided a perfect solution to the tight working conditions and soil-related challenges. Using helical piers helped the contractor stay on schedule with maximum installation efficiency. Cantsink of Atlanta crews also carefully coordinated their work schedule with weather forecasts for tidal ebb and flow to maximize installation accuracy and productivity. The installation was completed without any marshland disturbance.

Whether working in coastal environments or challenging conditions anywhere, Cantsink helical piers provide cost-effective solutions that save time and money. The result is permanent stability in any type of soil or weather conditions.

Using 100% U.S. steel, Cantsink fabricates a wide range of patented helical piers certified for performance by the International Code Council. The ICC is an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards. Cantsink also offers engineering support and superior customer service.

With its recently expanded manufacturing and storage capacity, Cantsink offers fast turnaround on orders. So, issues prompted by soaking rains in soft soil can be resolved before structural damage worsens. Construction schedules for new buildings experience no delays for curing or rainy spells.

Cantsink can handle everything from a whole-structure elevation project to a minimally invasive remediation for a sinking foundation. And starting new construction right with our patented helical piers keeps you solid from Day One.

Contact Cantsink today to see what permanent stability can do to banish your rainy-day worries.


If the ravages of the cold winter have created cracks in your home’s foundation, or made existing cracks more pronounced, now is the time to call Cantsink.

  Heavy spring rains can push moisture into foundation cracks that will undermine a home’s structural integrity. Cantsink’s patented helical piles are designed to stabilize sinking foundations and preserve level alignment for decades.

  Vertical foundation cracks larger than 1/4” should be inspected, especially if evidence exists to suggest water is seeping through them from the outside. In the main part of the house, uneven floors, doors or windows that stick in the frame and hairline cracks in drywall also indicate foundation settling.

  Easily installed, Cantsink helical piles bore deep below saturated surface soils to more stable weight-bearing strata far below, arresting foundation instability. So, even when unusually rainy weather creates soil conditions not originally anticipated by the homebuilder, Cantsink’s guaranteed support keeps shifting ground from disrupting structural alignment.

  Made from 100% U.S. steel, our patented designs are certified by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards for performance. With the largest line of ICC-certified helical piles on the market, Cantsink can provide distinctive products to address unique site conditions.

  Cantsink makes a line of cost-effective helical pile products that work for specific soil types or weather patterns. Because no two sites or structures are exactly alike, our products are definitely not one-size-fits-all.

  Once the helical plan is finalized, Cantsink experts can install them quickly with minimal disruption to surrounding landscape. After installation, Cantsink helical piles are virtually undetectable.

  Cantsink has been in the foundation stabilization business for 30 years and is the trusted partner for many builders who know our reputation for quality and customer service. With that much experience, Cantsink can provide the most effective product for any foundation and guarantee customer satisfaction.

  With unusually wet weather characterizing Spring 2018, and an active storm season predicted for later in the year, now is the right time to be sure your foundation is ready to withstand whatever comes. Contact Cantsink today for permanent peace of mind.

Helical piles, manufactured by Cantsink, recently received an evaluation report (ESR#1559) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the helical piles meet code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving helical piles in construction projects under the International Helical Pile Code.

ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian explains why ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are so important. “Cantsink can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” Moinian said. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”

ICC-ES thoroughly examined Cantsink’s product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant. Cantsink’s President, Patrick Hutchsinson said, ““Cantsink has always built and developed products with the utmost attention to detail, using strict quality standards. Our products have consistently exceeded specifications required by our highly competitive marketplace, and it is rewarding to receive the ICC compliance certification.”

A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs) and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. ICC-ES also issues environmental reports verifying that products meet specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems and ICC-ES environmental criteria. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC®). For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.

Cantsink is a piling manufacturing company trusted throughout the nation to supply innovative, strong and cost-effective helical piles. In the helical pile industry since 1988, Cantsink has experience creating piles for a wide variety of structures. Their professional engineers have over 45 years of combined experience and this allows for Cantsink to provide any piling company with the advice it needs to find piles perfectly suited to its project whether for new construction, foundation repair, solar renewable energy projects, or other types of construction projects. For more information visit www.Cantsink.com.

Manufacturers Come Together to Develop Building Code Acceptance Criteria for ICC-ES.

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