Sinkholes in Central Florida can be natural or man made. “Water from broken pipe can penetrate through mud and rocks and erode the ground underneath and cause sinkholes. Sometimes, heavy weight on soft soil can result in collapse of ground, resulting in a sinkhole,”according to Conserve Energy Future.
Firefighters responded about 7:30 a.m. for a small depression and by 9:30 a.m. the sinkhole grew large enough to swallow up an entire house and spread to another home in the Land O’ Lakes neighborhood. The sinkhole, which measured 250 feet wide and at least 50 feet deep, has forced evacuations of residents of surrounding homes.
Underground water leaks can be alarming for home and business owners. Because they can be so destructive, water leaks need to be repaired right away, they can easily lead to foundation damage.
Know the signs of an underground water leak
Unusual wet areas or ponding water in the yard, landscaping, or swimming pool area.
An area on the property that is lush and greener than the rest or an area that is brown and dry.
A noticeable drop in water pressure
Cracking, potholes, or depressions in the pavement or concrete foundation.
The building appears to be leaning or has an uneven flooring.
Unexplained increase in your water bill.
The should of running water, whooshing, splashing or a babbling brook, when all the water in the home is turned off
Underground water leaks can quickly lead to disaster to your property and possibly even your neighbors home. If you suspect a water leak it is essential you contact a professional to inspect your home. Advanced technology allows for minimal invasiveness, which means there won't be any digging up the ground or floors to locate a water intrusion
The Leak Doctor offers advanced technology, including frequency sensitive computers, specialized listening equipment, ground probes and other state-of-the-art electronic devices to find water leaks. We have cost-effective ways to find the source of your leak and quickly fix it.