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What is a Geotechnical Engineer?

When it comes to sinkhole repair, geotechnical engineers are extremely useful. They have the skills and expertise in sinkhole forensic investigations that analyze decaying organic material, expansive soils, loose fill, construction defects, and much more. Geotechnical engineers are fully trained to inspect and test your property for sinkhole activity by examining soil and rock conditions. At Foundation Pros of FL, we work closely with foundation engineers to solve foundation and structure damage created by sinkhole activity on your property.

Geotechnical engineers also specialize in the following:

  • Deep excavations
  • Landfills
  • Soil erosion
  • Landslides
  • Natural hazards
  • Ground improvements and how they effect structures
  • Ground support systems
  • Construction issues
  • Soft clays and rocks
  • Groundwater control
  • Retaining walls

Geotechnical engineers can determine if the damage to your structure is related to sinkhole activity or foundation issues. Foundation Pros of FL is the most preferred sinkhole specialists in Florida because we use skilled, licensed geotechnical contractors in the Florida area. Geotechnical engineers are highly experienced in forensic investigations. Our standardized testing methods include laboratory soil testing, drilling and soil sampling.

Geotechnical engineers work hard to find an effective solution that meet their client’s needs. If you have damage from sinkhole activity, then it will be covered by your insurance company. Their main goal is to stabilize and support all soil conditions.

Geotechnical Engineering and Sinkhole Repair Solutions in Florida

To stabilize and repair structures affected by sinkhole damage, we use sinkhole repair methods such as underpinning and compaction grouting.

Compaction Grouting: Compaction grouting uses polyurethane foam to compact loose soil. As the foam expands, it increases the density of the soil and the load bearing capacity. Compaction offers many advantages such as:

  • Quick installation process
  • No waste disposal
  • Can be installed in constricted areas
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Improves ground conditions
  • Densities and strengthens the soil
  • Levels structures back to their original position

Underpinning: Underpinning is used to repair damage created by sinkholes such as shifting foundations, sticking doors or windows, wall cracks, and foundation leaks. Underground steel push piers or helical piers is placed deep into the ground to stabilize the foundation. There are several benefits to installing piers.

  • Lifts structures back to their original position
  • Stabilizes and supports the structure
  • Permanently transfers the structure’s weight onto load-bearing strata
  • Prevents future foundation problems

If a geotechnical engineer confirms that you have sinkhole activity on your property, we can apply effective ECP sinkhole repair methods on your property. Contact us today for a detailed estimate. We proudly serve Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

 

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