Don’t let Sinkholes Drain your Checkbook
Florida has the largest number of sinkholes in the United States. The entire state of Florida is made out of limestone. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to karst landscapes in which water erodes the limestone. When groundwater goes through limestone, it erodes the limestone away. So as the water table rises and falls, this creates voids in the limestone so then it cannot support the weight of whatever is on top of them and they cave in creating a sinkhole.
Most homeowner’s insurance does not cover sinkhole losses.The market value of a home with unrepaired sinkholes are much less than a home that has repaired their foundation from sinkholes. The value of your home will decrease 20% to 30% from that of a non-repaired sinkhole home. Foundation Professionals of Florida has the solutions if you suspect that you are in need of sinkhole repair.
How do You Know you Have a Sinkhole on Your Florida Property?
Knowing the signs that you may have a sinkhole on your Florida property is important. If you know what to look for, and suspect that you may have a sinkhole on your property, then you can contact the experts at Foundation Professionals of Florida to come and do a free inspection and offer the best solutions for your repair needs. Some signs that you may have a sinkhole on your property are:
- Cracks in the walls
- Sloping floors
- Indention’s in the yard
- Cracks in interior joints
- Cracks in exterior blocks
- Windows and doors stick
- Deep cracks and separation of paved concrete
- Circular patches in yard
If you see any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Foundation Professionals of Florida. We will assess your property to determine what repair, if any, needs to be done.
Sinkhole Prevention in Florida
When it is determined that you have a sinkhole on your Florida property, the experts at Foundation Professionals of Florida have the solutions to make sure your property is safe from the sinkhole. We use compaction grouting and cement grouting for void filling for your sinkhole repair.
Compaction grouting or also referred to as low mobility grouting, is a type of grout that uses controlled displacement to increase the density of loose soils. A stiff mortar-like grout is injected at high pressure to displace and compact the surrounding soils. As these compaction piles form, they intensely compact the soil around them, creating a continuous structural support for the foundation.
Cement grouting is the injection of a sand-cement mixture into the ground to improve its strength and reduce the permeability of the soil. It is performed by drilling metal casing through the weak soil, voids, and cracks. Then the cement grout mixture is pumped under balanced pressure at the strategic locations. This will keep your foundation structurally sound and prevent sinkhole damage.
Don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Foundation Professionals of Florida if you suspect you are in need of sinkhole repair. We have the experience in the Florida area and use the best products available. Don’t let the market value of your home decrease because you have not had your home inspected by an expert regarding sinkholes. Contact us today for a free inspection and free estimate.