Signs of a Sinkhole on Your Property and Damage Control

If you live in Florida, there’s no doubt that you know what sinkholes are. You’ve either seen one for yourself, seen them on TV or in the newspaper, or unfortunately been the victim of one. Sinkholes are common in Florida, in fact Florida has more sinkholes than any other state. Sinkholes are depressions in the ground, but the ones that appear suddenly, called Collapse Sinkholes, can cause damage to homes, roads, property and to people.

Collapse Sinkholes occur when the water table changes – either too much rain, or not enough rain can cause the ground to cave in on itself. There may be warning signs of sinkhole activity and it is important to keep an eye out for these. Also, seek the help of your Homeowners Insurance if there are more than one of these issues occurring or they are serious:

  • Cracks in the floor, walls or pavement – check both inside and outside your home. The cracks may start out small so write down where they are and the measurements. If they continue to grow, it’s time to have your house inspected.
  • Windows or doors not closing properly – you feel that it is harder to close a door or window, which can mean structural shifting.
  • Depressions in your yard or your neighbor’s yard – one easy sign is a hole in the ground that wasn’t there before. Also look for fencing or large items such as playground equipment that has shifted.
  • Sediment in your water
  • A neighbor’s sinkhole activity

Some people fear calling their Homeowners Insurance if they suspect a sinkhole thinking that their rates may go up, but its better to use the knowledge of their inspection services than for a sinkhole to happen suddenly. Most often, if nothing is found, your rate will not be raised.

Inspect regularly for sinkholes in Florida and keep track of any signs that you may find. If sinkhole activity is found close to your home, be even more diligent with your inspections.

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Ashley Bishop Owner/Agent

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Serving All of Florida

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