Sinkhole Repair

Sinkhole Repair

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SINKHOLE DEVELOPMENT?
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:

Cracks – Every home impacted by sinkhole activity shows cracking. The cracks will be in the walls, floors, or ceiling either on the interior or exterior of the home.

Sloping Floors – Sinkhole activity causes one part of your home to sink or drop slightly lower than the other part.

Floor Cracks – Floor tiles are often the first part of a home to show sinkhole activity. Tiles that become loose or pop up can be a sign of sinkhole activity.

Interior Wall Separation – Look for interior walls separating from the ceiling.

Window and Door Frame Cracks – Cracks that form in the corner areas of doors or window frames indicate that this area is structurally weak.

Nail Popping – If drywall nails are popping out or pushing through, it could be a sign of sinkhole activity.

Sticking Doors and Windows – If doors or windows stick or get stuck, this can be due to weak parts of a wall and show signs of stress and cracking.
Higher Water and Power Bills – Sinkhole activity can cause a structure to shift. Even a slight shift to the foundation can cause a home to lose some of its energy efficiency.

Ground Surface – If you notice holes, depressions, dead spots, or very soft soil in the ground surface, it could be a sign of sinkhole activity

Leaning Fence – If you notice that your fence is leaning or dipping, it could be sinkhole activity.

Driveway Cracks – Normal driveways will often be level or slightly sloped towards the street. If there is a dramatic slope or has patches or holes in it, this may indicate sinkhole activity.

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.