Sinkholes can be a nightmare for homeowners. Not only do they pose a danger to people, but they can also cause significant damage to homes and surrounding properties. At Cardinal, we understand the seriousness of this issue and are committed to providing expert and effective solutions to homeowners facing sinkhole problems. In this blog post, we will be discussing how sinkholes form, the dangers they pose, and the steps you can take to fix them.
1. Causes of Sinkholes:
Sinkholes can form for various reasons, and the majority of them are caused by sub-surface groundwater that erodes the soil and rocks beneath the surface. When this erosion occurs, it can create voids that eventually cave in, resulting in sinkholes. Other causes may include buried utility lines that have been damaged or compromised, natural changes in the landscape and even animal activity that can create tunnels beneath the surface.
2. Signs of Sinkholes:
It’s important to catch sinkholes early before they turn into larger, more dangerous problems. Some common signs of sinkholes include small depressions in the ground, unevenness or sinking of concrete surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways, cracks in the walls or floors of your home, and even nearby trees or fences beginning to tilt or sink.
3. Our Process for Fixing Sinkholes:
At Cardinal, we take a comprehensive approach to sinkhole repair that starts with a thorough investigation to determine the source of the problem. Our team of experts then develops a customized solution that addresses the underlying issue, fills in the sinkhole, and prevents future sinkholes from forming. Our solutions may include compaction grouting or chemical grouting, which injects materials into the soil to stabilize it; void filling to fill in gaps beneath the surface, and soil stabilization techniques that help prevent future erosion.
4. Prevention is Key:
While sinkholes can occur for a variety of reasons, there are some steps homeowners can take to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Regularly inspecting your property for signs of sinkholes is crucial, as is properly maintaining your home’s foundation and drainage systems. Additionally, consider installing a drainage system that diverts water away from your property instead of allowing it to penetrate the soil below.
5. Trust the Experts:
Fixing sinkholes on your property is a complex process that requires expert knowledge and experience. At Cardinal, we have years of experience working with homeowners to fix sinkholes and other foundation-related issues. When you work with us, you can rest assured that you are putting your property in good hands.
If you suspect that you may have a sinkhole on your property, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more dangerous and costly the problem may become. Remember to regularly inspect your property for signs of sinkholes and other foundation issues, and trust the experts at Cardinal to provide you with effective and long-lasting solutions. Don’t let sinkholes ruin your peace of mind – call us today to learn how we can help.