The U.S. Gulf Coast was pounded repeatedly by rain, wind and storm surges in 2020’s record storm season, inflicting billions of dollars in structural damage on coastal, as well as inland, communities.
Even before those destructive forces raked communities from Texas to Florida, rising structural losses and storm threats prompted a new focus on a more resilient built environment. Places like Houston, TX, and Tampa, FL, pushed for new flood zone designations and changed building codes designed to minimize damage from flooding and saturated soil.
Cantsink has stepped up to this unique challenge with cost-effective solutions and a range of products tested and certified for top performance in most soils and challenging conditions, which meets these new requirements. With a line of patented helical piles for stability, Cantsink can provide foundation support in soft soils and wet conditions with easier installation and less site disruption than other support and elevation methods, such as driven timbers. The slender shafts and unique anchor designs of helical piles are less prone to heaving in soils that expand and contract through changing weather patterns and less prone to damage in extreme conditions.
With both compressive (weight) and tensile (pull) load capacity, Cantsink helical piles provide foundation stability in storm-prone regions like the U.S. Gulf Coast while being cost-effective. Cantsink also offers helical micropiles, which interact with grout added to the insertion. As the shaft advances into the ground, the grouted column formed adds greater compressive and tensile load bearing capacity. This technique can double the capacity of the pile, a useful tool in soft soils like those found in coastal regions.
Battering with helical piles also produces reliable foundation stability. By installing the helical piles at specified angles, the result offers immovable stability, like a tripod supports heavy equipment.
Best of all, helical pile installation is faster and less disruptive than traditional construction support methods common to coastal regions, such as driven timbers or augured concrete piles. Helical piles can be installed with smaller equipment and are self-verifying during the installation process. There is no time lost to testing or curing. Also, unlike other methods, helical pile installation produces less site waste requiring disposal and less vibration to nearby structures. They can be installed in densely built locations because they require no heavy machinery and meet the code requirements coastal communities have adopted.
Cantsink helical piles are not just a great way to establish lasting stability for new construction support. They are ideal for remedial support and increasing elevation of existing homes or commercial buildings damaged by storms and flooding. Because of their versatility and certification for performance under standards established by the International Code Council (ICC), Cantsink products were approved for remediation after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Cantsink’s experienced professionals can work with installers and builders to design unyielding support in difficult conditions. The company’s products are made from 100 percent recycled U.S. steel in its Metro Atlanta manufacturing facility, a net-zero-energy operation powered with on-site solar facilities.
To learn more about the benefits, applications, and performance of Cantsink helical piles for stability, sign up for one of the company’s webinars and receive continuing education credits from AIA and NCSEA. Companies interested in becoming a certified Cantsink installer can sign up for free, hands-on training at the Metro Atlanta headquarters.
Contact Cantsink to find out how its products can provide proven, cost-effective stability for Gulf Coast conditions in even the most challenging conditions.