Don't Get Sunk By A Sinkhole—Stabilize Your Soil With Chemical Grouting

The Earth suddenly opens up and a gaping hole consumes everything on the surface. It's the stuff of horror films, but it is also a phenomenon that many homeowners have to deal with.

Sinkholes have the potential to cause serious property damage. If you want to avoid getting sunk by a sinkhole, talk to your contractor about the possibility of using chemical grouting to prevent a sinkhole from forming on your property in the future.

How a Sinkhole Forms

A sinkhole is formed when water dissolves the minerals in the rock formations below the surface of the ground. As the minerals dissolve, open spaces are left behind. These voids weaken the structural stability of the soil, and eventually the weight of the soil above the voids will cause the ground to collapse into the open space.

The end result is a sinkhole. In order to prevent a sinkhole from forming on your property, you need to find a way to fill in the voids that are present so that they don't pose a threat. The answer: chemical grouting.

How Chemical Grouting Works

Chemical grouting is a unique way of helping to stabilize the soil. Instead of relying on the soil alone to support the weight of your home or other structures on your property, chemical grouting provides a secondary support system. Most chemical grouting products are made of expandable substances (like polyurethane).

The expansion properties allow the chemical grouting to completely fill any voids that are present in the soil beneath your home. In the areas where the soil has experienced significant mineral loss and cannot support your home, the expandable material in a chemical grouting agent will literally fill the gaps and create the necessary stability to prevent a sinkhole.

The Chemical Grouting Process

Chemical grouting begins with the drilling of a series of holes deep into the surface of the ground beneath your home. A sleeve port pipe is inserted into each hole, and the chemical grouting agent is injected through this port pipe under pressure. The grouting agent will seep out into any voids in the soil once it has reached the desired depth.

Homeowners like using chemical grouting to stabilize their soil because it requires no structural connection to the home itself. Chemical grouting can be completed quickly and efficiently. Angled sleeve port pipes allow for grouting beneath a home without the need to disturb the structural integrity of the home. For more information, contact companies like A-PAC Pressure Grouting Inc.