In the metro Atlanta area, homeowners are no stranger to the dreaded sink holes. While you may think you have a solid home foundation, your Atlanta home could be susceptible to these nuisances. However, the best way to fight the problem is to educate yourself on the subject so if a sink hole does find its way onto your property, you can communicate with your Atlanta contracting company efficiently start sink hole repair.
First, there are three different types of sink holes: a development hole, a lot clearing hole, and a clean up hole. A development hole takes place during the beginning stage of construction when debris is buried in a hole rather than disposed of properly. A lot clearing hole is one of the more common of sink holes and was usually created towards the end of construction of the original foundation. Finally, the clean up hole came to be when the original construction company finished their project and decided to bury the remaining debris.
While many Atlanta design companies are familiar with these breeds, all sink holes are different and should be approached with caution by the homeowner and the landscape design company in question. Most of the sinkholes Outdoor makeover has encountered in the past have ranged from 10 to 15 feet deep and most are lot clearing sink holes. It’s also best that homeowners not handle the problem themselves due to the fact that if not handled properly, sink holes can get bigger and more expensive to properly fix.
At Outdoor Makeover and Construction, there are a few approaches we take to fix this issue and they are all driven by the clients’ budget. To properly fix a sink hole, we excave it thoroughly to make sure we are able to take out all of the cluttered debris. Then we separate the bad soil from the good soil and place it back in the hole but not before our landscape designers make sure that everything is completely cleared out.
IT IS VITAL THAT PROPER COMPACTING MATERIALS ARE USED WHEN BACKFILLING A SINK HOLE. If the proper compacting materials are not used when refilling a sink hole, it can be hazardous to the surrounding area. Our construction and landscape artists also recommend refraining from building any structures on top of a sink hole due to the fact that it will settle.
It’s understandable why some homeowners could mistake a sink hole for another foundation issue but even then it is vital for professionals to inspect the area so the problem doesn’t persist or get worse. If a sink hole is not properly taken care of, it can do severe damage to the home and anything surrounding it. At Outdoor Makeover and Construction, our Atlanta landscape designers are perfectly trained to handle your sink hole issue while maintaining the quality of your Atlanta landscape.