Sinkholes are a common occurrence in Florida due to limestone-rich bedrock. Groundwater dissolves calcium carbonate, weakening the ground and washing out structures built on top of it. Just recently in Citrus County, Florida, a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a truck. Apparently, the sinkhole was created by well drilling at the resident’s home. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the area was evaluated in a timely manner. Also, there was no damage to the home.
Natural sinkholes are unavoidable. However, those caused by human activity can be prevented, especially those created by drilling new water wells and artificial ponds.
Rapid forming sinkholes are unusual and can occur without warning. However, most sinkholes have warning signs before evolving into a much larger problem. If you suspect sinkhole activity on your property, inspect your yard for small depressions. Some warning signs include:
If you notice any of these warning signs, contact the Foundation Professionals of Florida. Our skilled professionals are trained to identify sinkhole activity. We offer sinkhole repair and foundation repair services to restore the longevity of your home’s foundation.
There are a few sinkhole repair solutions we offer, such as compaction grouting and void filling services. Compaction grouting involves compacting and solidifying the soil around the area by injecting a polyurethane foam into loose soil. This process prevents further foundation damage and keeps the ground from collapsing.
Void filling is used to repair and stabilize serious settlement. Small holes are drilled into the affected area, then polyurethane is injected into the holes. In a short amount of time, the liquid turns into foam and cures. The surface is stabilized with minimal disruption to the work area.
At Foundation Professionals of Florida, we know the best solutions to use for your property. We use products from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer in underpinning. Contact us today for an evaluation. We serve Tampa, Orlando, and the Tallahassee area.