What is a chimney sinkhole?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A chimney sinkhole is a deep and narrow vertical hole in the ground that is chimney-like and leads directly down to the aquifer. The absence of gradually sloping sides makes them especially dangerous, since falling into one is like falling down a chimney or an abandoned well.

   They are usually soil-solution sinkholes, but a chimney sinkhole can also be an early sign of a larger, and more dangerous, sinkhole void underneath. Any narrow, vertical hole resembling a chimney should be fenced, and then reported to your county emergency management coordinator. The one shown above opened up after the heavy rains of Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about SINKHOLES:

Why do so many more sinkholes open up after a hurricane?

What are the warning signs of a sinkhole? 

What causes sinkholes? 


How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?  

What is my chance of buying a Florida home over a sinkhole? 

• How does a repaired sink hole under a house affect its market value?

• Where are sinkholes most likely to occur in Florida?  

Are there sinkholes in The Villages, Florida?

• Are sinkholes happening more often? 

What are the basic facts about sinkholes? 
  
• Does homeowners insurance in Florida include coverage for sinkhole damage? 

Should I be concerned about an old sinkhole on a property?

• Should I be concerned about my house if a sinkhole opens in my neighbor's yard? 

What are the Florida law regarding sinkhole insurance?

Can a home inspector determine if there are any sinkholes on a property?

Is it safe to buy a house with sinkhole foundation repair?

How can I tell whether my house foundation problems are caused by a sinkhole or expansive clay soil? 

   Visit our SINKHOLES page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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