Sinkholes in the News
Crumbling infrastructure and sinkholes are something that no homeowner or business owner wants to encounter. Sinkholes are usually caused by crumbling water and drain and sewer pipes. They are often neglected by cities because of budget issues. If you suspect that you have a sinkhole near or on your property, call Jim Dandy immediately. These sinkholes can worsen quickly, and they can cause substantial damage. Call us at 206-966-4548 or 425-454-8153.
When it comes to sinkholes, you need to be extremely careful. Sinkholes may occur outside walls or in the lawn or garden. They can have many shapes and sizes, and they can deepen or grow slowly or rapidly. The cause and extent of the sinkhole should be determined before any remediation work is done. Be insanely cautious when working in or examining sinkholes; if the sinkhole collapses it can cause serious injury or even death. You should never enter a sinkhole that is deeper than chest height. No government agency keeps track of sinkholes from man-made causes. Most of the scientific research focuses on areas where limestone, caves, and natural springs create prime conditions for earthen collapses.
If you suspect a sinkhole is creeping up on or near your property, you should do the following:
Study the interior and exterior corners.
Studying the interior and exterior corners of your home is another way to check for sinkholes. You should especially examine above windows and doors. As one side of the building settles into softening ground, the pressure on these joints increases, which causes them to crack.
Examine the fence posts, trees, and poles.
Make sure to look at the fence posts, trees, and poles in your yard as well as your neighbors’ yard. If any of them look like they are beginning to sink into the ground or are tilting, this could be a sign of a developing sinkhole.
Look for cracks on ceilings and in your interior walls.
Examining your home for cracks in your interior walls and on ceilings is a good idea. The joints between your walls and the floor or ceiling may be separating if a sinkhole is arising.
Test your windows and doors.
Test your windows and doors to make sure that they open and close easily. They should not hit their frames or scrape the ground. When the ground underneath your home begins to fail, the alignment of your house suffers; this can bring the doors and windows out of alignment.
Examine the outside of your home.
Check the outside of your home for cracks. If you have a house that is built of masonry block or brick, sinkholes can cause cracks that look like staircases. They travel vertically, horizontally, and then vertically again among the mortar lines. The cracks may be less regular if you have walls that are covered in plaster. You should also look for cracks in your driveway or sidewalk.
Review your water bills.
Make sure to review your water bills. If they are eerily high for no apparent reason, your plumbing could possibly be damaged by a sinkhole. Also, if you seem to be having plumbing issues, a sinkhole could potentially be to blame. The best thing to do would be to call Jim Dandy to come examine and inspect the issue. We can find exactly what is causing your issues and take the proper steps to fix is as efficiently as possible and in the safest manner.
What do I do if my plumbing is affected by a sinkhole?
If your plumbing becomes affected by a sinkhole do not hesitate to call Jim Dandy at 206-966-4548 or 425-454-8153. Our licensed and skilled professional technicians are trained for instances such as this. We are experts in all types of sewer, drain cleaning, and plumbing repair. Our certified technicians and plumbers have all the tools and equipment necessary to handle any commercial or residential sewer line repair job. Jim Dandy possesses the largest fleet of heavy equipment to handle virtually any size excavation or side sewer line repair. If you need more information about Jim Dandy’s sewer repair, read more on our website.
When it comes to excavation, the technicians at Jim Dandy are trained and knowledgeable, so you know that you are getting the best care when it comes to your sewer system. Jim Dandy specializes in numerous methods of excavation.
Open Trench Excavation
Open trench excavation is the most commonly used method of sewer repair. A backhoe is used to dig up the old pipes, and then they are replaced with the new ones. Once the old pipe is replaced, the trench is back filled. This process can be pricey and messy, and we will try to avoid it at all costs if we can use a more modern technique.
This is done by inserting a lining into the existing pipe. The lining is pulled through and inflated into the damaged pipe. The lining is held in place with an epoxy that cures in place.
Pipe bursting is a trenchless excavation method of replacing buried pipelines without the need for a traditional construction trench.
A flexible pipe is inserted into the existing damaged pipe. This inserted pipe is installed by just digging one hole, which means no major excavation or the need to dig a trench. It typically requires the plumber to create just one hole or access point.
Sinkholes are not something to take lightly. It is best to contact a professional company as soon as you see signs of a potential sinkhole to prevent any more damage. Call the trusted professionals at Jim Dandy for all your sewer, drain cleaning, and plumbing system repair. Call us at 206-966-4548 or 425-454-8153.