There’s a lot of awesome things that come with spring – pretty flower beds, luscious grass, warmer temps, and a smooth Sunday drive with the windows down after a cold winter. Though one thing that isn’t so awesome about spring are the sinkholes that seem to pop up this time of year.
Why does this happen? All the spring rains!
To be fair, rain alone doesn’t create a sinkhole; however, frequent rain mixed with failing infrastructure does. What is infrastructure? It’s basically any structure that controls drainage or wastewater – like storm drains, catch basins, culverts, and underground sewer and stormwater pipes.
The problem happens when groundwater from all of the rain flows into the joints that connect pipes and storm drains. If water doesn’t flow correctly through the structures, the misguided water carries a lot of soil with it. When this happens, sinkholes appear in the spots where the soil washed away.
How do you know if you have a problem with sinkholes?
Have you ever spotted settled areas in your neighborhood roads? There could be problems with a storm drain that isn’t properly collecting water. Does it ever feel like your car is leaning to one side of the road before straightening back out? There could be a sewer line under the road that is altering the roadbed.
Sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be! With Helms, we can fix sinkhole issues without major excavation and little-to-no traffic disruption.
We have the technology to seal off water paths in the soil, as well as under it. And this isn’t just a temporary fix. Our polyurethane resins solution solves the problem now and in the future.
Did we mention that all of this can be fixed without shutting down your road by your neighborhood or office?
We can help solve the issue without the negative impacts of downtown around your home, neighborhood, or office setting, permanently! So, the next time you experience a spring rain shower and see sinkholes appear in the days and weeks afterwards, no need to worry!
Just give Helms a call – we’ve got it covered!