Sinkhole Repair & Remediation
Why Sinkholes are a Problem in Florida?
Quite often you hear horror stories of the ground opening up beneath or around a Florida home because of a sinkhole. Unfortunately, sinkholes are a common problem in our state. The ground in the state of Florida is full of limestone, which is highly soluble in water. Some sinkholes are formed after hundreds and thousands of years of erosion in the landscape. Slightly acidic rainfalls in Florida eat away at the ground and move through the plant debris in the soil. Over time, this eats away at the limestone and creates a void in the ground. Eventually, the ground above collapses into those cavities, thus forming a sinkhole. Sinkholes can be caused by man, too. This can occur because of over withdrawal of groundwater, putting large amounts of surface water into a single point, creating artificial ponds with surface water, and drilling new wells.
Sinkholes can occur after heavy downpours or flooding, as well. Due to unpredictable rain patterns and a rapidly growing population, sinkholes are frequent and hazardous in Florida. Even though some sinkholes can envelop a whole block, most are smaller than your yard.
What are the Signs of Sinkhole Development?
The signs that a sinkhole may be developing are similar to other common signs of foundation failure. If you are able to catch a developing sinkhole before it collapses, you may be able to save yourself a world of trouble. Keep an eye out for the following issues:
- Ceiling or Wall Cracks - Every home impacted by sinkhole activity shows cracking. The cracks will be in the walls, floors, or ceiling either on the interior or exterior of the home.
- Sloping Floors - Sinkhole activity causes one part of your home to sink or drop slightly lower than the other part.
- Floor Cracks - Floor tiles are often the first part of a home to show sinkhole activity. Tiles that become loose or pop up can be a sign of sinkhole activity.
- Interior Wall Separation - If interior walls have separated from ceiling or cracks are running along the seams, these are signs of sinkhole activity.
- Window and Door Frame Cracks - Cracks that form in the corner areas of doors or window frames indicate that this area is structurally weak.
- Nail Popping - If drywall nails are popping out or pushing through, it could be a sign of sinkhole activity.
- Sticking Doors and Windows - If doors or windows stick or get stuck, this can be due to weak parts of a wall and show signs of stress and cracking.
- Water and Power Bills - Sinkhole activity can cause a structure to shift. Even a slight shift to the foundation can cause a home to lose some of its energy efficiency.
- Ground Surface - If you notice sloping, holes, depressions, dead spots, or very soft soil in the ground surface, it could be a sign of sinkhole activity
- Leaning Fence - If you notice that your fence is leaning or dipping, it could be sinkhole activity.
- Driveway Cracks - Normal driveways will often be level or slightly sloped towards the street. If there is a dramatic slope or has patches or holes in it, this may indicate sinkhole activity.
If we are able to spot a sinkhole before it becomes a real issue, we can take steps to stabilize the soil around the area and prevent any real damage.
Our Professional Sinkhole Repair Services in Florida
When faced with a sinkhole, there are a couple possible solutions. Usually, some form of pressure or compaction grouting will take care of the issue. Compaction grouting solidifies the soil around the area and fills the hole so there is no longer a danger of it collapsing. Compaction grouting is the method of injecting a polyurethane foam into the loose soil. The grout will mix with the soil around your foundation, which will help prevent further foundation damage. The foam expands rapidly and compacts the surrounding soil, increasing the strength and stability.
We also offer void filling services to repair more serious sinkholes. Here at Foundation Professionals of Florida, we use polyurethane solutions to fill voids and stabilize foundations. We notice that these solutions last longer than other typical mud-jacking jobs. Our solutions set quickly, so the results last an incredibly long time. Our void filling requires very few small holes, so there is little to no disruption to the installation site. The experts here at Foundation Professionals will be happy to come assess your situation, give you a free estimate, and provide you with the best sinkhole remediation for your Florida home.
Call our team for more information. We can answer the following questions:
- What is a Sinkhole?
- How do Sinkholes Form?
- What Should I do if I Suspect a Sinkhole?
- What are the Different Types of Sinkholes?
- What are the Hazards of Sinkholes?
Foundation Professionals of Florida has been repairing sinkholes all across the state since 1980. We have an A+ rating with the BBB. Our team is well trained in all current techniques of sinkhole repair and remediation. You can count on us to help protect your home or business from the dangers that sinkholes present. We will be more than happy to come provide you with a permanent sinkhole remediation solution that will rectify all damage and prevent any problems for your Spring Hill or Tampa, FL home. Contact us today for more information!