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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Sinkholes in Florida

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sinkholes that swallow up homes and cars into a huge pit make amazing news stories, but most sinkholes in Florida are not as dramatic. They do, however, cause houses to become uninhabitable or require expensive foundation repairs. Here’s links with answers to the questions we get asked most frequently about sinkholes.

What are the basic facts about sinkholes? 

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

What is a chimney sinkhole?  
• What are the warning signs of a sinkhole? 

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

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

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

• 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? 
  
• 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 laws regarding sinkhole insurance?

Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement? Can a home inspector determine if there are any sinkholes on a property?

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


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