Is a new construction site tested for sinkholes?

Testing for Sinkholes in Florida

While living in Florida is generally great, there are a few difficulties sometimes encountered by Florida resident. One of these difficulties is the potential for the formation of sinkholes. Sinkholes are a dangerous problems, and can be especially troublesome and hazardous on new construction sites. If a sinkhole forms under your home, it can be a devastating experience. Sinkholes often cause foundation problems such as a sinking or settling foundation, and larger sinkholes can cause your entire home to collapse. This is an extremely dangerous situation for you and your family. While it is ideal to test for sinkholes before beginning a new construction project, this is not always a practical solution for building contractors, as the tests are rather extensive and quite expensive.

Generally, testing for sinkholes on new construction sites is not required by building codes. For this reason, and to spare the extra cost of the test, most building contractors do not provide sinkhole testing for private home sites. If the new structure is being built is a public building, however, tests on the site are often performed and reinforced for safety and liability reasons.It is, however, possible to have your property tested for sinkholes or potential sinkholes on your own. Many professional geologists and geotechnical engineering consultants can perform tests to locate cavities that can form sinkholes. These tests, however, are beyond most people’s budgets and the results are not always conclusive.

If you find that your new construction project has a sinkhole forming under the foundation, your best option is to contact a foundation repair contractor that specializes in sinkhole repair immediately. Foundation Professionals of Florida can provide you with professional sinkhole repair services. Contact us today for more information.

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