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Cantsink Hosts Informational Site Visit from U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-10) honored Cantsink in April with a site visit to learn more about the company, its products and its role in the growing energy market.

  He met with us at our net-zero-energy manufacturing facility in Metro Atlanta. Cantsink President Patrick Hutchinson and Safety Director/Project Manager Sharon Lee spoke with Congressman Hice about renewable energy growth and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cantsink has been a leader in providing effective products, such as our helical foundation anchors, to serve evolving renewable energy technology, as well as products that support effective power grid operation.

  Read about it here in Congressman Hice’s newsletter:


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Cantsink Holds Foundations Steady Through Spring Rains, Cost-Effective Protection from Unexpected Sinking

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 businesses and homeowners. But stormy weather is no cause for concern when foundations are supported by Cantsink’s patented helical piers. 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.

  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 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. Two-day, hands-on certification training for installers is conducted quarterly at Cantsink headquarters in Metro Atlanta. The training is free and Cantsink provides ongoing support that includes marketing materials, prospect leads and consulting.

  Cantsink helical piers offer numerous advantages over other underground support methods. Installation requires no curing delay and can even be performed in standing water, so issues prompted by soaking rains in soft soil can be resolved before structural damage worsens. Construction schedules for new buildings stay on budget in almost any weather.

  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 foundations solid from Day One.

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

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Build it Right the First Time with Cantsink Helical Piers

The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies as much to good construction as to good health.

With extreme weather events increasing in frequency and construction codes around the nation changing to meet the challenges these events create for many areas, Cantsink’s patented helical piers are proving to be the best choice for foundation support. Construction with the lasting support of Cantsink helical piers not only retains beauty and value through the years, it resists the effects of flooding, soil saturation and erosion.

Cantsink’s patented helix design not only provides top stabilization performance, installation is fast and cost-effective. Time is money in the construction business and Cantsink helical piers need no curing period. They can be installed through standing water on the site. Once installed, they provide permanent stability for any structure.

Storm and tidal surges, high winds, and soaking rains intensify natural climate conditions in water-adjacent localities, requiring sound foundation elements resistant to the effects of punishing conditions. After devastating property loss from powerful storms in recent years, some U.S. states are updating their building codes with the lessons learned from these events.

2018 set a national record for rainfall in the U.S. with particularly notable totals in many parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Florence contributed significantly to a total of 102 inches of rainfall around the coastal city of Wilmington, NC. Flooding in that region caused as much as $50 billion in property damage. Flooding after heavy rains also created havoc in parts of Maryland last year, causing an estimated $22.4 million in property damage. Atlanta, GA, experienced its second-highest rainfall total in 2018 with over 71 inches through the year.

Many businesses and homeowners remain at risk for devastating losses if preventive structural elevations and adequate reinforcements are overlooked.

Helical piers can be used in restoration following flooding or extreme weather, or as a preventive measure for structures in a vulnerable location. They offer a cost-effective solution for lasting structural stability in harsh environments.

Cantsink helical piers are ideal for remedial work under foundations and other structures that are sinking or losing alignment. They can help property owners address new elevation requirements as building codes and flood zone maps change, as well as being instrumental in storm recovery. However, the best investment is construction that begins with proven protection.

With a newly expanded manufacturing facility and storage capability, Cantsink is poised to turn orders around quickly. Cantsink experts provide top quality customer service and our patented helical piers are tested and certified by the International Code Council.

The ICC is an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. This means an independent organization has verified the quality and performance of specific Cantsink products.

Manufactured in Metro Atlanta from 100% U.S. steel, Cantsink helical piers are created in the company’s net-zero energy facility using solar. Cantsink’s mission – supporting innovation – has inspired the versatile applicability and evolving effectiveness of its products. Even though construction needs, materials and methods change, Cantsink helical piers continually demonstrate their ongoing durability and adaptability.

Whatever the structural needs of the project may be – foundations, retaining walls, pools, decks, patios, porches or decorative landscape features – start with the installation of Cantsink helical piers. It’s the effective way to ensure long-term stability, ongoing performance and lasting value for the finished product.

Contact Cantsink today and get started – right!

Cantsink Debuts New Website to Showcase Products, Training, Applications, and Case Studies

Cantsink Debuts New Website to Showcase Products, Training, Applications, and Case Studies | User-friendly site highlights 30th Anniversary and expanded manufacturing capacity

Atlanta, GA – The new Cantsink website is now available online with updated product descriptions, training opportunities and testimonials.

The company recently celebrated its 30th year in business and completed its expansion of manufacturing and warehouse facilities to better serve its customers. The new website reflects Cantsink’s ongoing commitment to top quality products, innovative design, conscientious customer service, and cost-effective product performance.

Cantsink now offers a wide variety of products tested and certified by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards for safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. The company has been a net-zero energy manufacturing facility since 2010 and uses 100% American-made steel to produce its patented products.

Patrick Hutchinson, president of Cantsink, said the new website extends his company’s dedication to continuous improvement.

“As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we recognize the importance of effective communication with our customers about what we do and how we do it,” Hutchinson said. “Our new website is intended to engage engineers, architects, builders, and installers in creating cost-effective, long-term structural stability.”

Cantsink helical piers offer guaranteed stability for foundations, retaining walls and other structures in a wide range of soil and weather conditions. Cantsink products are ideal for new construction as well as remedial stabilization. With its experience in structural support for energy equipment, Cantsink offers products and expertise suited to the needs of grid infrastructure and alternative energy.

The special design of Cantsink helical piers gives them 50% greater helix capacity than other steel piers on the market. Cantsink’s installation process is also faster and less disruptive than other stabilization methods.

Leveraging decades of experience in foundation support, Cantsink’s wide range of products provides cost-effective stability for nearly any soil type or climate. Cantsink enjoys a well-established reputation as an accomplished provider of high quality workmanship and a leading structural innovator for foundation stabilization and repair.

Visit the new website with its user-friendly information on Cantsink products and services at www.cantsink.com .


September 18, 2018


Andrew Carter