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The Hidden Pitfalls: Unveiling the Dangers of DIY Concrete Footings

Bridge Média - 16 August 2023

When it comes to building sturdy foundations, DIY concrete footings may seem like a tempting option

However, without proper knowledge and experience, these projects can quickly turn into nightmares

In this article, we'll explore the common mistakes in DIY concrete footings, uncover potential safety hazards, and weigh the pros and cons of DIY versus hiring professional contractors. 

Additionally, we'll introduce the game-changing alternative of helical piles (piers) as a reliable foundation system.

Let's dive in and ensure your foundation project starts off on the right “footing”!

Common Mistakes in DIY Concrete Footings and Potential Safety Hazards

  • Insufficient Site Preparation: Neglecting proper site excavation, soil testing, and compaction can lead to uneven settling, structural issues, and potential safety hazards.
  • Incorrect Footing Dimensions: Failing to accurately calculate and measure the footing dimensions can compromise the structural integrity and stability of the entire foundation. Also when considering the depth factor in cold climates, it is important to install the footings below the frost line, which sometimes can mean more than 6' deep.
  • Improper Reinforcement: Inadequate or improper placement of steel reinforcement can weaken the footings, making them prone to cracking, sinking, and structural failure.
  • Inadequate Concrete Mixing: Incorrect water-to-cement ratio, improper mixing techniques, or using subpar concrete can result in weak footings susceptible to cracks, crumbling, and long-term degradation.
  • Lack of Proper Curing: Rushing or neglecting the curing process can lead to weak concrete and decreased durability, compromising the overall strength and longevity of the footings.
Concrete prep vs helical piles

DIY vs. Professional Contractors: Weighing the Pros and Cons

The importance of professional expertise when looking into foundation installation cannot be overstated. Hiring professional contractors ensures that your project undergoes proper site assessment, accurate footing design, and precise execution

Professionals have the knowledge and experience to adhere to safety protocols and building codes, reducing the risk of costly mistakes, safety hazards, and structural failures

By relying on professional expertise, you can have peace of mind knowing that your foundation is in capable hands.

Additionally, it's essential to consider the power of helical piles (piers) as an alternative foundation system, since they offer numerous advantages, including ease of installation, adaptability to various soil types, increased load-bearing capacity, and resistance to soil movement

These screw-like foundations provide a reliable and long-lasting solution, mitigating the risks associated with traditional concrete footings.

Read more on the differences between a concrete and helical pile foundation.. 


When it comes to reliable foundation solutions, GoliathTech is here to lend a helping hand. With their expertise in helical screw pile systems, GoliathTech offers professional-grade foundation installation that ensures stability, durability, and peace of mind

Don't gamble with the structural integrity of your project—turn to the experts and start your foundation journey with confidence.

Remember, when it comes to DIY concrete footings, it's crucial to be aware of the common mistakes, potential safety hazards, and the benefits of professional expertise

By making informed decisions and considering the long-term implications, you can lay the groundwork for a solid and secure foundation that will stand the test of time.

About GoliathTech

Since 2004, GoliathTech has been the most important manufacturer and installer in the helical (screw) pile industry worldwide. Our patented helical pile foundation system surpasses industry standards and has earned us multiple awards and prizes.

Carried out by certified installers, our quick installation process avoids excavation, which protects your landscape and allows you to begin building as soon as the piles are in the ground. Moreover, you can anchor GoliathTech’s helical pile foundations into any soil or space year-round. Installed deep into the ground, beneath the frost line, they solidly support the structure in even the most extreme conditions. Our technology guarantees that a helical (screw) pile foundation won't move or crack over time.

Integrating both strength and know-how, GoliathTech offers the best anchoring solution to support your residential, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Trust the experience and expertise of GoliathTech for your foundation projects. Find a certified GoliathTech installer in your region or become a franchisee.