Hiring a Professional for Valdosta Sinkhole Repairs

by | Sep 15, 2015 | Construction and Maintenance


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Sinkholes happen when bedrock collapses underground which in turn leaves a large hole in your backyard or another area. They can occur naturally but can also happen with people cut down trees and leaving the stumps behind to rot. Sinkholes can cause serious hazards especially if they are in your backyard because they are so dangerous they need to be fixed right away in order to prevent any accidents. Some of them you can handle on your own others you need to call a professional for that specializes in sinkhole repairs in Valdosta.

1. You must first inspect the sinkhole from the inside with a flashlight or lamp. Make sure you do not step near the edge of the hole because you could slip through. Search for tree stumps that are rotting or construction debris. Take out all of the debris that is in the sinkhole, by using a shovel and staying away from the edge.

2. Then you can shovel the outer part of the sinkhole away which will open it up and make the hole bigger. This will allow you to see whether or not the sod is simply serving as a cover for a larger hole under the surface. Make sure you continuously shovel until you reach solid ground.

3. You can then fill up the sinkhole with several inches of soil. Get an iron bar to use to pack in the dirt so it is placed firmly inside of the hole. Make sure you fill the hole completely with soil until you reach the very top of the hole.

4. After the sinkhole is filled, you need to make sure you water it. This will help the soil to settle in and will allow you to see whether or not you are going to need more dirt in the hole.

5. Let the sinkhole sit for 2-3 days and then check the hole. Make sure the soil has completely settled, and another much shallower hole is starting to form. You can then put in more soil and pack it down to make sure it is completely filled in. You can repeat this process as much as you need to.

This may sound simple but to many it can be too much work. If you have a large sinkhole in your back yard, you should contact our team at Ram Jack Solid Foundations and not try to do this on your own.

If you have a sinkhole in your backyard and are looking for a team who provides sinkhole repair in Valdosta, call Ram Jack Solid Foundations for more info. You can also visit their website to learn more.