On December of 2014 in Oxford, FL, a 30 year old horse that was in a pasture when a sinkhole opened up trapping the horse for three hours. The owner and some of her neighbors tried to rescue the horse but their efforts failed. After calling 911, the fire department came and brought harnesses and straps and pulled the horse out of the sinkhole. Luckily the horse was in a sitting position in the hole, so none of the legs were broken. Nate, is doing well.
Sinkholes are prominent in Florida due to the limestone soil that Florida is made up of. As water travels through the limestone, it causes erosion. Limestone is porous so it dissolves when exposed to water, creating sinkholes. The sinkhole that occurred in Oxford, FL is called a collapse sinkhole. These appear suddenly often making headlines in Florida. These types of sinkholes form when the surface material suddenly sinks into a cavity.
There are a few warning signs that may indicate that a sinkhole may be forming on your property. Some of these signs are:
Foundation Professionals of Florida can come and inspect your home and see if you have sinkhole activity around your Florida property. If we find that you are in need of soil stabilization, we have the experience and products to get it stabilized so that you won’t have to worry about a sinkhole forming on your property.
Foundation Professionals of Florida can stabilize you soil using polyurethane foam that is injected into the affected soil. The foam expands and increases the density of the soil. The polyurethane foam expands up to 20 times its liquid volume after injection. The foam will fill any voids beneath the surface and stabilize the soil.
If a sinkhole has already caused damage to your property, we use underpinning products such as steel push piers and helical piers to lift and stabilize your structure back to its original level. These underpinning products are drilled deep into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers using hydraulic equipment.
Foundation Professionals of Florida uses only the best underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Products. With our experience and products, you are getting the best when you contact Foundation Professionals of Florida. We take pride in the outstanding reputation we have established and we intend to keep it that way.
Let us answer any questions you may have regarding soil stabilization. Don’t be the next headline news due to a sinkhole! Contact us today for a free inspection.