Massive sinkholes in Florida have been making headline news lately. You hear more stories about the ground opening up and swallowing people, cars, parking lots and even homes. In 2013, a Tampa, FL home suddenly collapsed swallowing a bedroom with a man inside. Just recently in Spring Hill, FL, several homes in a neighborhood were evacuated after a massive 25 x 25-foot wide sinkhole appeared. Local residents reported seeing cracks in their home’s structure and in nearby roads close to the sinkhole. Because the sinkhole continues to expand, authorities told local residents to evacuate the area. View the video above to get more information about the sinkhole in Spring Hill, FL.
What are sinkholes and how widespread are they? Sinkholes are holes or depressions in the land’s surface. Because the state of Florida consists of porous limestone and sandstone, acidic groundwater moves through the soil and slowly dissolves the limestone. Over time, this creates voids and cavities in the ground.
Sinkholes are not uncommon. In fact, 10% of the world’s landscape have karst areas that are caused by natural occurrences due to:
However, some sinkholes are humanly induced meaning they are created by human activities such as: building ponds, groundwater pumping, broken underground sewer pipes or burst water pipes.
So how do you look for sinkhole activity? Not all sinkholes are visible. Some sinkholes form under foundations making them difficult to detect. Fortunately, there are obvious warning signs of sinkhole activity to be aware of, such as:
Homes with sinkhole activity may have plumbing issues and high water bills. Some signs of water-related issues may be water seepage through cracks, flooded basements, standing water or water in the yard. If you have a pool on your property, watch for loss of pool water. Observe any cracks from settlement in or around the pool.
Contact our professionals if you suspect sinkhole activity on your property, so we can inspect your damages and determine the type of sinkhole you have. There are three types of sinkholes that you should be aware of. They include solution, subsidence and collapse sinkholes.
If you have sinkhole activity, don’t panic. Give us a call today. We offer sinkhole repairs for the residents of Florida such as compaction grouting and void filling.
All of our materials and products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer in today’s foundation repair and waterproofing. We guarantee quality products with top service for the residents of Florida. If you suspect sinkhole activity on your property, contact Foundation Professionals of FL. Our experts will inspect your property and evaluate any damages.
Also, we offer free estimates for every project, so give us a call today. We’ll help ease your worries!