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Can a home inspector determine if there are any sinkholes on a property?
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Home inspectors are not trained, and do not have the specialized testing equipment, to determine if any structural problems or an area of sinking soil is the beginning of a sinkhole. Also, the Standards of Practice for both national inspector associations and the State of Florida state that the inspector is not required to evaluate “geological, geotechnical or hydrological site conditions."
A licensed professional geologist is the person qualified to recognize any sinkhole activity or assess the probability of future sinkhole development, and evaluation may require ground-penetrating radar and/or soil borings, which can get expensive. Determining what is causing the soil collapse below the driveway in photo above is an example of an area for a geologist to evaluate.
A home inspector might recommend evaluation by a geologist, based on what he or she sees during the inspection. But, as some inspectors like to say, “sorry, but that’s above my pay-grade."
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