Metro Atlanta experienced its rainiest July in five years, according to records from the National Weather Service. The 2018 hurricane season is now officially under way, sure to bring more soaking storms. Such soggy weather often creates unanticipated instability under a home’s foundation.

When ground is saturated, it becomes more mobile, shifting unpredictably below poured structural foundations. Runoff from water that cannot be absorbed by saturated soil can make this problem worse by eroding soil from the foundation’s exterior walls as well.

New construction in the area around a home also shifts historic water patterns, creating pooling and runoff that didn’t occur when the home was originally built

Without deep underground support in soil substrata that is more stable than the saturated topsoil, foundation shifting and sinking causes foundation cracks and structural disruption to the house.

In the wake of wet weather, homeowners would be wise to check for vertical cracks in their foundation walls and signs of water leaking into their basement or crawl space.

Other warning signs of instability include doors or windows that stick in the frames, sagging floors or vertical cracks in drywall. All can indicate foundation shifts that can produce costly damage if left unaddressed.

Cantsink is the foundation expert, offering its cost-effective, patented helical piers that halt sinking from wet weather, heaving caused by winter freezing and thawing, and foundation shifting in soft soil. Repair with cost-effective Cantsink helical piers restores guaranteed stability for the life of the house.

With minimal disruption to surrounding landscape, Cantsink helical piers work by boring like a corkscrew deep below the home’s foundation into immobile substrata. A Cantsink expert can evaluate the unique structural needs of any home and recommend a cost-effective solution. Cantsink products are designed for nearly any climate or soil type.

In most cases, installation can be completed in a day. Once installed, Cantsink helical piers are virtually undetectable even as they protect the home’s appearance and long-term value. They also work for other aspects of the home environment, including porches, steps, chimneys, decks, pools and retaining walls.

Cantsink’s patented helical piers are manufactured in the company’s Metro Atlanta net-zero energy facility using 100% U.S. steel. Now celebrating its 30th year in business, Cantsink has earned the trust of local home builders and homeowners for foundation stability and repair.

Homeowners who detect signs of foundation instability should act quickly to avoid more costly damage. Contact Cantsink today to consult with our expert customer service team.

   Nobody calls a plumber for an electrical problem or a carpenter for a leaking pipe. Homeowners with cracked foundations need Cantsink, the foundation specialist for 30 years, to restore their house to permanent stability.

   Now celebrating three decades’ experience in creating structural stability from the ground up, Cantsink experts can offer a solution specific to a range of causes. Whether the cause is soft soils under the house, water incursion, or tree roots, Cantsink offers a guaranteed, cost-effective solution that will prevent costly damage.

   Cantsink’s patented helical piles bore through unstable topsoil like a corkscrew, anchoring the home’s foundation deep below the surface in immobile substrata far below. These helical pile designs have been tested and endorsed by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and product performance standards. Plus, they are made in Metro Atlanta from 100% U.S. steel.

   Offering the largest selection of certified pile products on the market, Cantsink can recommend and provide products tailored to the needs of every homesite. A Cantsink expert can quickly install the helical piles with minimal disruption to surrounding landscape. Once in place, Cantsink helical piles are virtually undetectable even as they provide lasting support under the foundation.

   No other stabilization method offers more peace of mind at a lower cost. Foundation stability is the most essential element of a home’s long-term value, and, for most homeowners, the value of their house is central to their financial security.

   Don’t let vertical foundation cracks, crooked door frames, or sagging floors go unaddressed. Ignoring these warning signs of foundation instability could erode home value and ultimately require costly repairs.

   Foundation stability isn’t a do-it-yourself repair or a handyman task. Only a specialist can diagnose the problem and devise a permanent solution.

   See why Cantsink has become one of the most trusted names in structural stability for homeowners and contractors in Metro Atlanta and far beyond. Customer satisfaction has been central to Cantsink’s corporate mission for every one of its 30 years in business.

   Contact a Cantsink specialist today. One click or phone call can schedule a Cantsink specialist to assess the conditions and begin the process to peace of mind. The result will be guaranteed stability for the life of the home.

If you are heading into the summer with unresolved foundation issues here are a few things to keep in mind as the seasons change.

During the Spring and Summer months there is an increase in moisture in the air. The increase in humidity, temperate climates of Atlanta and occasional rain can often lead to soil absorbing and holding more moisture than during other parts of the year. Soil will often swell slightly as a result of the increased moisture. This can cause additional shifts in an already unstable or compromised foundation.

As the temperatures increase going into the summer months the moisture can be somewhat offset by the higher temperatures. During the summer soil may shrink in comparison to Spring. A qualified and experienced contractor such as Cantsink has the expertise to take all of these different variables into account and determine the best approach to solving your foundation problems.

Fall in Georgia is a beautiful time of year with leaves changing their color and the crisp fall air signaling the changing seasons. September and October are generally the driest months of the year. Dry soil is typically the most stable relative to other soil conditions. While foundation issues may be less likely to appear during this time the dryness and timing relative to major winter holidays can make this an ideal time to make repairs that may have been discovered.

Winter in Georgia is also relatively dry. Georgia has seen the occasional snow from time to time but overall the cooler temps and dryer air make for compact and stable soil. However many home owners choose to avoid major repairs because they simply want to avoid having major construction overlap with the holiday season.

There really is no ideal time to discover or repair a foundation problem. Foundation issues can represent a significant risk to homeowners where safety and home value are concerned. While there is no “perfect time” for foundation repairs there are important considerations that must be made when assessing and remediating foundation problems. The best time to address a foundation issue is right now. Using a certified and knowledgeable company like Cantsink is the best thing you can do to ensure that your foundation issues are diagnosed correctly and the proper solutions are recommended and implemented. Call Cantsink today to arrange your free estimate.

If mounting the front steps to your home feels like negotiating an obstacle course instead of making a graceful entrance, it may be time to call Cantsink for an inspection.

  Steps that are buckled, sloping, uneven, cracked or separating from the front porch are in need of extra support to return them to level alignment. Fortunately, cost-effective Cantsink helical piers can do the job quickly and stabilize those steps permanently.

  A number of potential factors could cause disruptions in the alignment of front steps. Soft soils under the steps frequently sink under structural pressure. Water infiltration from saturating rains and runoff from surrounding impervious surfaces also undermine structural stability. And tree roots growing beneath concrete and brick push the steps out of their original position.

  Homeowners who see their front steps separating from the porch or notice an unmistakable tilt in their alignment should contact Cantsink right away. Cantsink’s patented helical piers are easily installed by trained professionals and virtually undetectable once in place. A Cantsink expert can evaluate the problem and devise a customized solution that will permanently counteract any further sinking or separation.

  Helical piers work by placing support deep beneath ground level, embedding support from 100% U.S.-made steel into substrata layers unaffected by moisture, roots or surface conditions. Plus, Cantsink helical piers are 50% stronger than any other helical piers on the market because of their patented design. They are manufactured locally in Cantsink’s net-zero-energy facility in a process that creates less waste than similar products on the market.

  Cantsink is celebrating its 30th year in the structural stability business. Those decades of expertise assure every customer they are getting the best possible advice and service to diagnose the problem and design a solution.

  Cantsink offers the widest range of products tested and certified by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards. This certification gives Cantsink customers peace of mind that the structural support products they purchase will perform to the highest industry standards.

  Don’t settle for steps that make you jump like a gymnast to ascend and make grandma think twice about visiting. Cantsink solutions are easy, cost-effective and permanent.

  Most installations can be completed in a day. Contact Cantsink today and be assured of a grand entrance from now on.

While Spring breezes blow and emerging buds give way to blossoms, backyard pools are transitioning, too, from the cold winter’s freezing temperatures.

  Now is the time to inspect pools and pool patios for signs of damage from the expansion, shrinking and settling that can compromise the stability of the pool surface. Soaking Spring rains also may undermine soils surrounding a pool. Softened, shifting soil allows these heavy surfaces to sink unevenly. Pools in areas near bodies of water such as lakes and rivers are especially susceptible to instability in saturated soil, which often results in settling or cracking.

  Cantsink’s patented helical piers provide lasting, cost-effective stability for weighty pool surfaces. Easy to install and virtually undetectable once placed, Cantsink helical piers offer permanent peace of mind for decades of family summer fun.

  Freezing and thawing soils under and around the pool during the winter can cause the concrete surfaces to settle unevenly, putting pressure on the pool surfaces that causes cracks. When the pool is filled, adding even more weight, water seeps through the cracks, eroding them further.

  Ultimately, this means water loss. The damage can even allow contaminants to enter pool water if the cracks become large and deep enough to open a pathway to surrounding soil.

  Settling also causes pool patios to buckle unevenly, creating a tripping hazard and disrupting the placement of poolside furnishings.

  Homeowners who see signs of cracking or settling in their pool area should contact Cantsink right away. Call or click to schedule an appointment with a Cantsink expert. Initial inspection can begin the process of designing a customized solution that will stabilize the pool and prevent additional damage. Making the call now will ensure the pool is ready for summer fun for years to come.

  Cantsink helical piers are manufactured locally in a net-zero-energy facility from 100% U.S. steel. Tested and certified for performance by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards, Cantsink helical piers provide stability solutions for nearly any soil type or climate conditions. Products from Cantsink are 50% stronger than any other helical piers on the market because of their patented design.

  Now celebrating its 30th year in business, Cantsink offers decades of experience in stabilizing existing structures and establishing lasting stability for pools, pool decks, homes or other structures. Whatever the problem with sinking or shifting, Cantsink helical piers offer a cost-effective solution. Cantsink has the widest variety of certified helical products on the market.

  Don’t wait until summer temperatures soar. Call Cantsink now and be ready for fun by the pool as soon as they arrive.

Now is the time to inspect pool walls, liners and surroundings for signs of instability. Winter freezing and Spring rains can cause soils around and under the heavy concrete of pool architecture to sink or shift. This can disrupt the alignment of the pool in ways that compromise its usefulness.
While the pool is empty – and before adding the weight of water – check the pool for cracks in the lining, sunken edges and buckling or cracking in the pool patio surface.
Cracks in the lining cause leaking and can allow contaminants to enter the water from below the surface. Broken or buckled pool patios are unsightly and present a stumbling hazard.
What to look for:

Cracks in the walls or lining of the pool.
Signs of separation between the pool and patio.
Uneven pool walls with one side or one end higher than the other.
Cracks or buckling in the pool patio.

Call or click online to schedule an assessment from a Cantsink expert. If instability or misalignment is detected, Cantsink can design a permanent, cost-effective solution. In most cases, Cantsink’s patented helical piers can be installed quickly with minimal disruption to surrounding landscape.
Now, celebrating its 30th year in the structural stabilization business, Cantsink is the call to make for lasting peace of mind. With Cantsink helical piers, the pool will be ready for summer fun from now on.

Chimney Support by Canstink Provides Fireside Security in Winter Weather

Metro Atlanta families love to gather around a cozy fire in the living room or den during the cold winter months.

But those happy memories can be marred by an unstable chimney. A chimney that leans, cracks or separates from the house poses a danger of serious structural damage if left unaddressed.

In addition to its unsightly appearance, the cracks and separation created by a failing chimney allow moisture to seep into a home’s interior spaces. An unstable chimney creates roof leaks. Water intrusion into walls from chimney separation can lead to rot in structural beams and struts. Chimney deterioration also can damage the chimney lining.

Mortar loss from a crumbling chimney creates openings. These openings offer opportunities for pests to enter the home’s interior spaces. Escaping sparks that can escape through cracks in liners and lost mortar between bricks pose a fire hazard. Left unaddressed, an unstable chimney ultimately will collapse, requiring expensive repairs.

Cantsink’s stabilization professionals have extensive experience assessing chimney stability and designing permanent solutions for sinking, leaning or deteriorating chimneys. Now celebrating its 30th year in business, Cantsink offers the widest array of cost-effective steel piers in the market.

Made in Metro Atlanta with 100% American steel, Cantsink’s patented helical piers are certified by the International Code Council, an independent association dedicated to model codes and standards. The ICC has tested Cantsink’s products and confirmed their performance to its requirements.

Discreet underground support from Cantsink helical piers provides chimneys with the necessary stability to withstand shifting soil, moisture, freezing temperatures and other destabilizing conditions.

With one call or click, Cantsink professionals will schedule a site visit to assess chimney stability. Then, they can design a customized, efficient solution guaranteed to return the chimney to proper alignment and prevent future damage.

Best of all, Cantsink helical piers can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption to the chimney’s surroundings.

Despite harsh weather, Cantsink provides guaranteed stabilization. Its patented helical piers protect a home and its surroundings from the damaging effects of moisture, soft soil, tree roots and other conditions that undermine structural integrity.

For true peace of mind as the family gathers around the fire this winter, call Cantsink today.

Foundation problems can be caused by any number of issues, but homeowners looking for foundation repair solutions list soft soil as the #1 reason. The widespread use of mass grading for building new subdivisions contributes to the growing incidence of soft soil issues.  The good news is better solutions are being developed all the time. The strategies for fixing these issues generally involve one of two approaches: pressure grouting or helical piles.

Pressure grouting is an older process that attempts to address foundation problems by filling generally inaccessible void spaces or pores under a structure’s foundation. Basically, contractors just dump tons of concrete into the ground, hoping to fill gaps.  Theoretically, this method pumps concrete into the ground to reinforce soil or reduce the flow of water through foundation soil.  Pressurized grout material is forced into these void spaces, assuming that the additional volume will help stabilize a compromised foundation.   

Pressure grouting can work in some cases, but it is not an ideal solution to foundation problems. Often, the grout material simply follows the path of least resistance, filling voids in the foundation without improving its stability. Pressure grouting usually requires multiple applications, with no guarantee of filling the voids or stopping the sinking. It requires a commitment to repeated applications while sinking issues continue to worsen and offers no assurance of an ultimate cure.

Cantsink’s Patented Helical Pile System is a customizable long-term solution. Helical Piles also known as Helical Underpinning or Screw Piles are robust piles designed to penetrate deeply under a structure’s foundation through the soft soil into underlying bedrock. The planning and placement of the pile shaft transfers the structural load into the pile(s), reinforcing the foundation for a permanent solution. Because piles can be selected or manufactured for specific circumstances and loads, guaranteed custom and optimal foundation solutions result. Foundation problems always involve a unique set of forces requiring more than the “spray and pray” approach offered by pressure grouting.  Unique load and foundation settlement issues get customized scientific solutions with our helical piles.

Helical Pile installation is more cost effective and environmentally friendly than Pressure Grouting, too. Among the commonly referenced advantages of Helical Pile Systems are shorter project times, ease of installation, accessibility, carbon footprint reduction, ease of removal, reduced job injury risk, and lower costs.  

In order to ensure the right solution for every foundation repair, consult a qualified contractor who specializes in foundation repair. A trained expert can evaluate the need and recommend the most efficient and effective solution.

Creating your perfect backyard pool for summer fun starts with making sure the weight of concrete and water don’t make the backyard resort you envisioned during the holidays into an unexpected misadventure.

Built right from the ground up, the swimming pool you commissioned at Christmas can be your family’s entertainment center all summer. Building a pool for the summer, however, means planning and construction while you’re staying warm indoors.

Constructing a pool that’s secure and stable year after year means including deep underground support that prevents sinking or shifting through weather and seasonal changes. When summer storms turn to white Christmases followed by April showers, secure underground support for your pool is essential to preserving its stability.

Cantsink’s patented helical piers are the easy, cost-effective way to ensure that your pool and pool patio remain level. Our experts can work with builders to design and install custom support tailored to any soil or landscape.

Plus, Cantsink helical piers are guaranteed to resist changing weather conditions, from soaking July thunderstorms to winter freezes and slushy Spring thaws. Cantsink helical piers are manufactured in Georgia using 100% U.S. steel. Their patented design makes Cantsink piers 50% stronger than other helical piers on the market.

The heft of concrete and water can cause shifting and compacting in soils under and around the pool. In turn, that creates cracks in the pool lining and uneven surfaces around it. Once the cracks become large enough, water will leak from the pool and contamination can enter the water more easily. Uneven pool patios are unsightly and potentially hazardous.

Preventing these problems is easy with Cantsink helical piers. They are the right stability solution for any type of structure from home foundations to outbuildings, landscape features and retaining walls. Cantsink’s customized engineering protects any structure from the elements that cause structural sinking, shifting or cracking. Cantsink support means construction that is designed to last.

Creating secure structural support with underpinning since 1988, Cantsink guarantees its products. Designers and builders throughout Metro Atlanta have come to trust Cantsink to protect the ongoing beauty and value of their creations.

So, as you wrap up Christmas pool planning, be sure Cantsink is part of the package.

Does your patio furniture wobble? Maybe the problem isn’t the tables and chairs.

  The concrete and pavers that create patio surfaces are heavy. If the soil below the patio is soft or has been undermined by moisture and changing temperatures over the years, the surface structure can buckle and crack. As pockets of soil sink at varying rates or repeated freezing and thawing in the change of seasons causes expansion and contraction, the integrity of the patio is undermined.

  Without subsurface support, patios can become uneven, unsightly and in need of repair. Georgia’s long warm seasons make outdoor living a pervasive part of family life here, from dining al fresco to summer evenings with friends and neighbors under the stars.

  Cansink’s patented helical piles, steel piers with a unique helix plate at the lower end of the 2 7/8” steel shaft, offer an easy, cost-effective way to stabilize a patio surface. With minimal disruption to surrounding landscaping, Cantsink helical piers, made from high-quality, U.S.-made steel in our net-zero energy manufacturing facility in Metro Atlanta, can be inserted at strategic pressure points to return a sinking patio to stability and keep it level for the life of your home.

  One click or call to Cantsink is all that’s required to schedule a site visit from one of our friendly experts. They can assess the extent of damage and work with our staff engineers to create a customized solution for your patio.

  Cantsink helical piers can be installed quickly and are virtually undetectable once they’re in place. The special design of Cantsink helical piers not only makes them 50 percent stronger than any other steel piers on the market, it also makes Cantsink’s process more environmentally responsible.

  If you’re building your dream home, starting with the guaranteed support of Cantsink helical piers offers the assurance that everything will remain level and secure for decades. All the structures can benefit from Cantsink support, from your foundation to all your home’s outdoor amenities such as the patio, deck, swimming pool and driveway.

  Trusted and endorsed by building professionals who know its record for underground support, Cantsink products level and stabilize structures of every age and size with customized solutions. Cantsink foundation supports use no chemicals and add no significant weight.

  Stabilizing your home and its surroundings with Cantsink helical piers not only keeps them attractive and useful for you and your family, it also protects their value for resale when the time comes.

  Custom-engineered and adaptable to a wide range of weather and soil conditions, Cantsink helical piers are ideal for stabilizing grounds features that are sinking or cracking.

  Don’t put up with cracked surfaces or wobbly patio furnishings. Pay attention to the signs that your patio needs added stability. Call or click for a Cantsink expert inspection today.