Sinkholes typically occur unexpectedly and are a result of unstable soil. Sinkholes can also result from human activity, resulting from a water main break or ruptured sewer pipe.
No matter what the cause, sinkhole activity can damage your home and reduce its value, especially if ignored. Sinkholes can also be extremely hazardous, and even deadly.
If you suspect that your property may be threatened by a potential sinkhole, contact the experts at Alpha Foundations today! We are the local experts in Northern Florida for sinkhole remediation and foundation repair. We serve Jacksonville, Tallahassee, St. Augustine and nearby. Give us a call and we will send out one of our skilled technicians as soon as possible.
Sinkholes, also known as swallow holes or dolines, are depressions that range from shallow circular depressions to large house-swallowing holes. They are usually caused by subsurface erosion in the limestone strata that lies underneath the soil. As the limestone dissolves, soil sinks to fill the voids. Depending upon the depth and composition of the soil, sinkholes may occur suddenly or gradually over long periods.
They can be triggered by anything that adds weight to the soil, including construction, roadwork, vehicles, heavy rains, and flooding. If a sinkhole occurs under your foundation, pool, driveway, or walkway – even if it’s a relatively small one – it can create cosmetic, as well as structural and safety issues for your home.
If a sizeable sinkhole occurs on your property, ensure that your family gets to safety first. Next, mark the sinkhole area with tape and signage to warn others, and evacuate if necessary. Notify your insurance company and the building department of your municipality. Then call Alpha Foundations to help you assess the damage.
Do not try to fill the hole yourself. Sinkholes are a direct route to the underground water supply below. By filling the hole with compost or trash, you may contaminate your water supply.
If the sinkhole activity is gradual, call us to help you get your foundation and slab stabilized before the damage becomes too expensive or irreversible. Alpha Foundations can handle both commercial and residential foundation repair and sinkhole remediation work, as well as concrete leveling and lifting.
Our company is Northern Florida's leading local sinkhole repair company, offering Free Estimates on sinkhole repairs. Our Florida and Georgia service area includes Tallahassee, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, as well as Gainesville, Palm Coast, Valdosta, Albany, Middleburg, Pensacola, Saint Johns and many areas nearby. For questions about product availability, pricing, or technical information, or for a FREE foundation repair quote, contact us today!