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

• How can I tell if a sunken area in my yard is a sinkhole?

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

• What is a chimney sinkhole?

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 sinkholes happening more often?

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

   Visit our SINKHOLES and "DOES A HOME INSPECTOR…?” Pages 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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