Florida is home to many wonders, including beautiful beaches, fascinating wildlife, parks, and preserves. It’s also home to a not-so-wonderful geological feature called the sinkhole – at least when one begins to undermine your home’s foundation.
In Southern Florida, it is very rare to see the type of sinkhole activity where cavernous holes develop suddenly.
Fortunately, for Florida residents, sinkholes usually develop more gradually here in Southern Florida. This doesn’t mean, however, you can ignore signs of trouble (see “Sinkhole Symptoms”). Sinkhole activity can damage your home and reduce its value, especially if ignored.
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 NSquare, Inc. 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. NSquare, Inc. can handle both commercial and residential foundation repair work, as well as concrete leveling and lifting.
Our company is Florida's leading local sinkhole repair company, offering Free Estimates on sinkhole repairs for residents of Southern Florida. Our Florida service area includes: Naples, Weston, Wellington, Hialeah, Jupiter, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, Kendall, Myakka, Royal Palm Beach, Estero, Marco Island, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Siesta Key, Osprey and many areas nearby. For questions about product availability, pricing, or technical information or for a FREE foundation repair quote, contact us today!