sinkhole warning signs

Sinkhole Warning Signs Around Your Property

Knowing the early sinkhole warning signs around your property can save you thousands in foundation repair costs down the road.  The sooner you can identify your potential foundation problems, the easier it is to fix them. Sinkholes can appear to have opened overnight, but the majority of them evolve over time, developing long before any surface evidence is detected. Areas where there is a lot of underground rock and clay soil are ideal for sinkholes. A common misunderstanding is that a sinkhole is the actual hole in the rock. But in reality, the sinkhole is what we see on the ground surface because of the hole in the rock below. If you are experiencing a number of these signs, please contact Helicon for a sinkhole repair inspection. 


Monitor the Inside of Your Home For Sinkhole Warning Signs

Houses settle over time, and a little evenness isn’t cause for panic.  At the same time, you’ll want to be alert to these warning signs that more dramatic changes are taking place:

  • A door begins to jam or fails to latch
  • Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows or where walls meet ceilings.
  • Cracks open in vinyl or ceramic tile over a concrete floor
  • Windows that used to open and close easily suddenly begin to stick or won’t close completely
  • Cracks in interior joint areas
  • Uneven kitchen cabinets and drawers
  • Slanted floors
  • Water leaks or flooding when it rains
  • Stairs begin to slope
  • Nails begin to pop
  • Displaced moldings
  • Wet crawl space

Check Around the Outside of Your Home and Your Yard For Sinkhole Warning Signs

Staying alert for the sinkhole warning signs on the inside of your house is crucial, but there are numerous sinkhole warning signs to look for around the outside of your home and yard as well:

  • Fresh exposures of fence posts, foundations or trees that result when the ground sinks around them;
  • Slumping, sagging or slanting fence posts, trees or other objects.
  • Small ponds of rainfall forming where water has not collected before.
  • Wilting of small, circular areas of vegetation. This happens because the moisture that normally supports vegetation in the area is draining into the sinkhole that is developing below the surface.
  • Cloudy water is pumped from nearby wells where the water was previously clear.
  • Depressions in your yard or street
  • Deep cracks and separation of paved concrete walks and drives
  • Neighbors have had or confirmed possible sinkhole activity
  • Pooling of water around foundation
  • Sinking front porch
  • Leaning/cracked chimney

Helicon Sinkhole and Foundation Repair Services

If you are experiencing any of these sinkhole, please check out our list of sinkhole repair and foundation repair services for more information. Click any of these services to find out more