Sinkholes and Voids

How do Sinkholes Form?

A sinkhole is part of a natural process where erosion of the soil occurs. It is very common where a large amount of easily soluble soil is present. Sinkholes will generally occur where limestone or other soluble terrain is. Smaller sinkholes are the most common type. They usually range from 10 to 12 feet in diameter. They are known to be smaller, but they can also be large enough to swallow buildings, roadways, cars, and more.

Sinkholes can form when there is a large amount of rainfall that seeps into the soil. The rain water collects carbon dioxide. This causes a reaction that can cause vegetation to decay, which makes the water acidic. This acidic water moves underground. If the ground in the area is easily broken down, like limestone is, then it will dissolve. Voids are left where the solid ground used to be. The surface area above the void can collapse, causing a sinkhole. In addition, there are human factors that can play into sinkhole formations. If a lot of groundwater is removed at one time, this can cause issues. Drilling for water wells or creating artificial ponds can also cause sinkholes to form.

How do You Know if You Have a Sinkhole?

Some areas are much more susceptible to sinkholes than others because of the ground conditions and climate. The states that see the most damage from sinkholes include FloridaTexasAlabamaMissouriKentuckyTennessee, and Pennsylvania. There are many symptoms and signs you can watch for on your property:

  • Small holes in the ground
  • Cracks in your foundation
  • Pools that lose water for no reason
  • Water pooling in your yard
  • Wall or floor cracks
  • Soft spots in your yard
  • Sinking fence posts

If you suspect a sinkhole on your property, it is very important to get it checked out immediately. My Foundation Repairs has a network of foundation repair specialists that specialize in sinkhole remediation and detection. They also offer free inspections. If you notice the signs above, then call us and we can put you in touch with a sinkhole specialist in your area. The method that would be used to repair your potential sinkhole will vary based on where you live and the size of the sinkhole. To learn more, call My Foundation Repairs to be put in touch with a sinkhole repair expert in your state.

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