You are watching the news and you hear of another sinkhole in the Tallahassee, Florida area. What causes the sinkholes, where are they the most prevalent, and what can a company do to resolve my sinkhole damage?
HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) – A third hole has formed in in the driveway of a Tampa Bay-area neighborhood and swallowed a car to its bumper. Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin says the new hole opened Saturday in the front yard of a resident’s home. It was about six feet deep and grew about 10 feet wide. The resident is temporarily relocating.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Garin Flowers, First Coast News) – David Williams left his home at 1:45 p.m. to visit family last Monday. He says by the time 2:20 p.m. hit, it happened that quickly.
He received a call that a sinkhole had opened up across the street from his home. He figured it would be pretty minor, but came home to see his entire road was blocked off and the sinkhole was quite large.
“I never thought that I’d be worried about a sinkhole. Lo and behold, I come home and I was like, ‘Whoa.'”
Let’s talk about the first question. Sinkholes are caused many times because of the underground structure of an area. Tallahassee has a landscape called Karst. Karst happens through deep erosion of a soft rock such as limestone. The ground almost becomes similar to a slice of Swiss-cheese with water flowing in and out of the holes that nature erosion has created. Limestone bedrock, which is prevalent in the state of Florida, is like a sponge and once that sponge is full the water starts running from place to place creating channels or pockets underground.
There is nothing you can do to prevent naturally occurring sinkholes in Tallahassee; however, there are things you can do to help prevent man-made sinkholes in Florida. An area that did not seem to have a sinkhole problem may develop one if the population grows, new construction occurs, and there is an increased need for water.
Tips for Preventing Sinkholes in Tallahassee, Florida
- Watch to see where the water runs off as water is the main link to sinkholes. Too much water or not enough water can cause sinkholes to form. So check your gutters, make sure the water has proper drainage. A gutter that is running off too close to a foundation may cause a sinkhole to form.
- Prevent sinkholes by installing the proper Helical piers and anchors
- Learn the identifiers to possible sinkhole formation
- Contact a professional like Foundation Professionals of Florida for a quote and to evaluate the situation
What are the Signs of a Sinkhole Problem?
- Ceiling or wall cracks
- Sloping floors
- Floor cracks
- Interior wall separation
- Window and door frame cracks
- Leaning fences
- Driveway, foundation, and sidewalk cracks
Homes may show one or all of the above indicators for possible sinkhole activity. Foundation Professionals of Florida has been a leader of foundation repair for over 30 years. Call them today for an estimate, do not wait until it is too late. Each sinkhole is different and Foundation Professionals of Florida can develop a specific plan for your specific problem. Call today and we will send a professional to come evaluate your property to tell you what kind of sinkhole solution will work for you.
Tallahassee has sinkholes that is a fact. Sinkholes can have dire consequences and can quite possibly cause fatalities so do not delay in calling a professional today. Water dissolving limestone deep in the ground cannot be easily detected and requires a trained technician to determine and assess the situation for the correct repair. If sinkhole activity is spotted and caught in time, it can often times be repaired and allow home and business owners piece of mind knowing that their families and/or employees are safe. We will not tell you it is not possible to fill a sinkhole on your property yourself, but we will tell you that we think that contacting a professional to review your possible sinkhole is our preferred method in order to guarantee your families safety. If you decide to work on the sinkhole on your own then you will be responsible for hiring an independent contractor, obtain the necessary permits/insurance, find your own supplier possibly using incorrect or insufficient parts, and find your own supplier of natural grout.
Do I Need a Permit to Fill a Sinkhole in Tallahassee, FL?
An inspector will be able to determine if a sinkhole is connected to an underground water source and/or aquifers (a layer of rock or sand that can absorb and hold water). If the sinkhole is a conduit of an aquifer then you will need a permit.