Quite often you hear horror stories of the ground opening up around a Florida home. 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. Rainfalls in Florida eat away at the ground and create voids in the ground. Eventually, the ground above collapses into those cavities, thus forming a sinkhole. Sinkholes can be man made, too.
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.
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:
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.
When faced with a sinkhole, there are a couple possible solutions. 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 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 void filling requires very few small holes, so there is little to no disruption to the installation site.
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. 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 Florida home. Contact us today for more information!