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Old 03-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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I have a question: I started digging in the front of my house because I wanted to plant a little tree. suddenly my shovel hit nothing... the ground was hollow underneath. I freaked out and stopped digging and filled some of it. but now it looks like a pit. what might that be? are there animals that live unde ground and make these underground tunnels? what are they?

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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Where are you located ?
How big ?
Possibly an old cistern for rainwater

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A picture would help----

Most animal Burroughs are lass than a foot across--sounds more like a wash out of some sort.

Any sprinkler system in the yard? Drain for landscaping?

Is your house really old? Could you have dug into an old well or sistern?

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Where are you located ?
How big ?
Possibly an old cistern for rainwater
what's a cistern? rain causes these things? located in new jersey it can't be animals? possoms and such? how can I plant that tree? do I have to dig all the way the entire front yard?
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A picture would help----

Most animal Burroughs are lass than a foot across--sounds more like a wash out of some sort.

Any sprinkler system in the yard? Drain for landscaping?

Is your house really old? Could you have dug into an old well or sistern?

Don't fill it till you figure out why it there--Mike--
it's a pretty old and neglected house. It was bought 2 years ago and we're still trying to figure out how to take care of it. I couldn't have dug into a well, becaause I only dug maybe a foot deep
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:42 PM   #6
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I want to say, just fill it in. An irregularly shaped unlined/unreinforced void in the ground looks to me to have been created by ground water and settling of the land (or by an animal).

Now if the void looks useful for something such as a perimeter drain system, you could complete the installation and then fill in the void.

A cistern is an artifically created tank or reservoir for rain water.

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