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Old 02-06-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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When we have heavy rain like the last few days, there is an area of my rear yard that 'bubbles' ferociously - its like the water is boiling, just a small spot about 6" in diameter .
My wife is worried it's the start of a sink hole!

It's not like water is draining away but rapidly boiling

Any ideas?
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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Drowning worms?

Might be the way to get rid of those fire ants?!
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:57 AM
 
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I'd be nervous too and it sounds to me that it needs attention but no idea from who...

?water backup from somewhere else on the property/or nearby waterway/pool/etc or if you have a septic system it might have to do with that.

I would get it checked out though.. it might be a major problem that you can head off if it's fixed now...

Last edited by DiJay; 02-06-2010 at 07:01 AM.. Reason: need coffee
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:40 AM
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Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Sounds like some type of underground void in your yard full of ground water....old septic tank, grease trap or hidden fuel oil tank.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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The first thing that comes to mind for me too is septic. Last year we had an issue with ours where the main pipe disconnected from the storage tank and it bubbled up, quite like what you're describing.

If you don't have septic, other ideas could be a water line or broken irrigation pipe (if you don't have your system turned off, which you really should at this time of year). I would definitely call to have someone come take a look at it.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: NC
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Are you on a septic tank? Rain can overload them. I had that happen with a business I had one time. Everytime it rained heavy it backed up and bubbled.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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and also, since no one mentioned it, how about a septic tank?

trying to be more positive, maybe you have a hot spring on your property. you could be rich soon!
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Old 02-07-2010, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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gas leak? lol. I have no idea???

here is info about the septic tanks and bubbling ground.

http://a-1septicserviceinc.com/produ...EAVY_RAINS.pdf
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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Try calling the city/county and asking if a knowledgeable employee might come out and look at it?
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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I would try checking on Craigslist or googling a grading or excavating contractor in you area, someone who has equipment who could possibly dig up the area if it is needed and determine if its septic or drain line or some line of some sort. I have seen that several companies give free estimates so it might not hurt to have someone take a look at it.
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