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What is Sinkhole Engineering?

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When you first start your sinkhle journey, you find out that you typically need sinkhole engineering. But what is that? What do they do?

Sinkhole Engineering is a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering, that typically focuses on investigating, evaluating, and remediating sinkhole-related activity. In short, they use instrumentation to check the subteranean environment, they evaluate the extent of the issue, they determine if there is a way to remediate the problem, and then provide a plan of action for a contractor to follow.

There are a great number of properties throughout Florida that have experienced sinkhole-related activity. As a result, there are a large number of properties that have been evaluated by a sinkhole engineer. In fact, if a claim was previously made on your property, it is likely a report has already been made on your property.

What services does a sinkhole engineer provide?

The typical sinkhole engineering services are specifically focused on the sinkhole-related activity. These services include:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Structual Investigation
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Peer Review Services
  • Monitoring Services
  • Standard Penetrating Boring Test
  • Hand Auger Boring Test
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Test
  • Cone Penetrometer Soundings
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Plus More

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Are Sinkholes All the Same?

In short, no. Each sinkhole is unique. This is because of the various soil types, geologic conditions and physical environments, that each one develops in. Just because each one is unique, doesn't mean they can't be categorized. The 3 major sinkhole variations are:

Solution Sinkhole - This type of sinkhole develops over periods of time. They are a result of limestone solutioning. A solution sinkholes typically happens in areas where limestone is in one of two locations. It is either exposed at ground surface or it is covered by only thin layers of permeable soils and sands.

Cover-Collapse Sinkholes - This type of sinkhole that happens and a relatively much shorter period of time. They sometimes occur over just a few hours. These are typical of catastrophic sinkholes. The collapse of dense layers of sand acting as a "cave ceiling" in an underground cavern, sometimes causes these.

Cover-Subsidence Sinkhole - This type of sinkhole is typically only a few feet in both depth and diameter. They are found in locations with high concentrations of sand. They look like a concave depression in the ground. Limestone dissolves and is replaced by granules of sand that fall into the depressions and fill the gaps.

Most Common Soil Testing Methods

Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) uses radar technology to gather geophysical data.

Standard Penetration Test

This is the most effective way to test the soil for sinkhole activity. It measures densities and gathers actual soil samples at depth.

Cone Penetrometer Test

In this method, we measure resistance and friction when tools are thrust into the ground.

Sinkhole Repair Services

If any of these apply to you, we can help:

  • Have damage to your foundation?
  • Experienced any of the signs noted above?
  • Would like to have your home or property inspected for signs of a potential sinkhole?

Our professional licensed, certified, and bonded foundation repair specialists can help save you from the immediate and devastating impacts a sinkhole can bring.

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