How To Spot A Sinkhole
Identifying a sinkhole before it becomes a major issue is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home from damage. Sinkholes present themselves in a variety of ways that can be easily identified if you know what to look for. Our experts at SafeBase Foundation Repair & Concrete Leveling have put together a list of the most common signs of sinkhole damage and sinkhole activity for home and property owners to help them identify what is damaging their home.
Our team specializes in stabilizing sinkholes and repairing foundation damaged caused by dropouts. To request an inspection and estimate in Tampa, St Petersburg, Orlando, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and the surrounding Northern Florida areas call or contact us today.
Signs & Symptoms of Sinkholes
Sinkholes do not have to occur under your home to cause settlement problems. Sinking soil can affect everything within a sizeable radius.
Here are some symptoms to watch for in your home and around your yard:
Cracks If you have noticed a large number of cracks appearing on interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and foundation walls then you may have a sinkhole underneath your home causing foundation settlement.
Leaks At times settlement caused by sinkholes may present itself by causing gaps to form around flashed areas such as: vent pipes, skylights, and dormers. Gaps can cause leaks that show up as water stains on walls and ceilings.
Sounds Popping sounds and creaks. If you hear frequent noises at night, take note. They may be due to sinkhole activity.
Floors Floors are no longer level. If you place a marble on the floor, it rolls. There are cracked, loosened, or popped floor tiles.
Water & Power Bills Sudden increase in energy and water bills. Settlement can open up cracks that reduce the energy efficiency of your home. Similarly, movement can cause plumbing leaks – which in turn may cause outbreaks of mold. Check your utility bills to decide whether increases might be attributable to cracks.
Doors & Windows Windows or doors that have become more difficult to operate. If so, settlement may have caused the openings to shift and windows and doors to bind. Cracks in drywall above window and doorframes are an early sign of house settlement.
Yard Slight dips, depressions and visible holes, ongoing changes in slope or elevation, and soft areas in which you sink when you walk across them. All are possible signs of sinkholes.
Fencing Fencing that has begun to dip or sway is another sign of the ground sinking. Most fences are installed so that the rails are straight. When that changes, sinkhole activity may be the culprit.
Pools A pool is losing water. Water loss may be due to cracks or broken plumbing lines that have been caused by settlement. Examine the pool walls and floor for cracks. Check pipes for leaks. Look for cracks in the pool decking around the pool as well.
Driveways A driveway with cracks that grow longer and wider with time. If your driveway has become dramatically sloped or seems hollow in places, it may have been undermined by sinkhole activity.
Contact Our Experts Today
If a sinkhole does occur on your property, ensure the safety of yourself and your family. Mark the sinkhole area with tape and signage to warn others. Evacuate if necessary. Notify your insurance company and the building department of your municipality. Then call SafeBase Foundation Repair & Concrete Leveling to help you assess the damage. Under no circumstances should you 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 can easily contaminate your water supply.
Contact our experts today online or by phone to schedule your consultation.