Unfortunately, sinkholes are as just about as Floridian as Airboats, Manatees or orange groves. But, what exactly is a sinkhole? Also known as a swallow hole, a sinkhole is a depression or hole in the ground caused when the surface layer collapses. This can happen when the underlying rock is partially or entirely dissolved through exposure to water over time.
Sinkholes can range in size from small, shallow depressions to massive holes that can swallow an entire home. They can be triggered by anything that adds weight to the soil, including construction, roadwork, vehicle traffic and heavy rains or flooding. If a sinkhole occurs under your foundation, pool, driveway or walkway — even if it’s relatively small — it can cause structural issues that are far more than just cosmetic in nature.
What to Do If You Suspect You Have a Sinkhole
If a large sinkhole occurs on your property, first ensure that your family gets to safety. Next, mark the sinkhole area with tape and signage to warn others. Then, notify your insurance company and your municipality’s building department. Finally, call NSquare for a thorough inspection. If the sinking is gradual enough, it may be possible to save your home’s foundation and slab before too much damage occurs.
NSquare, Inc., is Florida's leading local sinkhole repair company. We offer free, no-obligation sinkhole inspections for residents across Southern Florida. Our Florida service area includes: Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
- Cracks show on the interior and exterior surfaces of your home and appear to be widening.
- You hear popping sounds and creaks at night.
- Floors are no longer level, making it difficult to operate windows and doors.
- In the yard, depressions and holes appear.
- Grades change and there are soft areas when you walk across them.
- Lawn dies off for no apparent reason.
- Pools lose water, and driveways crack.
- Fences shift out of plumb.