Are Sinkholes Common in Alabama?
Sinkholes can have many causes, both natural and man-made. The collapse is usually due to low water levels underground and Alabama is home to more underground rivers than any other state. In addition to that, much of Alabama sits on soft limestone, which easily erodes and collapses. Underground caves and springs can contribute to sinkholes, along with poor drainage, abandoned water wells and buried construction materials.
Some warning signs of a developing sinkhole are slumping and sagging fence posts and leaning trees. In addition, you may notice foundation and floor cracks or windows and doors that have trouble opening or staying open. Sinking steps or uneven concrete slabs may also be signs of potential sinkholes.
If you suspect a sinkhole is developing you need to do the following:
- Put up a flag or fence around the area, so that other people do not unknowingly fall into it.
- Contact your insurance company. Before a sinkhole occurs, make sure that your homeowner insurance covers damage from sinkholes.
- Contact your city or public works department, especially if the sinkhole is impacting sidewalks or roads.
- Contact Grout Tech to assist you in locating a geotechnical engineer. Only an engineer can determine if it is truly a sinkhole or some other situation.
If your property receives damage from a sinkhole, contact Grout Tech immediately. Our experts can help you with sinkhole repair and remediation.
Sinkhole Repair Solutions in Alabama
There are two methods of sinkhole repair. One method is called grouting, this involves pumping material into the ground, filling the void caused by the sinkhole. Another method of sinkhole remediation is to stabilize the home or business’ foundation using underpinning.
The underpinning method of sinkhole repair uses a pier to create a more firm foundation. The building is secured to the piers, strengthening the foundation and returning structural integrity to your home or business.
Sinkholes can range from a small divot in your yard to a large hole, capable of swallowing vehicles and buildings. The professionals at Grout Tech can help you with locating a geotechnical engineer to determine your situation, in addition to assist you with all of your sinkhole repair and remediation.