There are often no preexisting signs that a home is vulnerable to a sinkhole. Prior to its appearance, very few basic home inspections performed during the home buying process will identify this as a definite risk. This means that when it does appear, the homeowner can be taken by surprise and not have a plan for controlling the issue and preventing further damage to their home. There are steps that can be taken to save a house that is being threatened by a sinking foundation. Sinkhole remediation in Tampa FL is a reliable service that will stabilize the home and stop further erosion.
There are, of course, some signs prior to a sinkhole fully opening. Many of these signs are similar to any foundation shift, like windows and doors that are not operating correctly or cracks appearing on the walls, ceilings or floors. Other signs may be in the yard rather than the home. Depressions in the lawn, leaning trees or fences and circular areas of thicker or greener vegetation are all indicators that the earth beneath may be changing.
Not every sinkhole is the massive, gaping cavern seen on news broadcasts. Companies like Solid Foundations see many that are smaller depressions that widen or slope over time. Even though they can appear to just be the ground settling naturally, they are still very damaging, and must be brought under control before they destroy the integrity of the whole structure. With sinkhole remediation in Tampa FL, the company will inspect the foundation of the home, and the surrounding yard to identify the area of concern.
Once a sinkhole is discovered the company can fill any subterranean voids that exist, or compact the ground to make the property more stable. This is done with concrete and polyurethane foam rather than soil. The concrete and foam will remain firm and will not wash away as soil; rocks and other natural materials can. It is possible to repair existing sinkholes and identify and prevent areas where future problems could appear. There is no reason to wait until damage has occurred. Being proactive about correcting possible sinkhole sites before the yard or the home has been affected will save the homeowner a lot of money and effort. Contact a remediation service to have an inspection performed and to learn about the options available.