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What are the dangers of a sinkhole in Florida?

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04. What are the dangers of a sinkhole in Florida?

If you think your Florida home is in danger of collapse from a sinkhole or sinkholes that have formed, there are initial steps you should take prior to calling me and prior to repairing your sinkhole damaged home. First you need to call your insurance agent and file a insurance claim, but only after you have secured the area around the sinkhole, especially if there are children present. Once you file a sinkhole claim, your insurance company will send out an engineering company  to determine if your house is in danger of collapsing into the sinkhole. If you do have unstable ground, the insurance company in many cases will pay for the sinkhole repair and future stabilization. Please do not fix the house before you talk to me. I buy unrepaired sinkholes in Lutz and surrounding Pasco and Hernando counties and can provide you with options. Danger of a full collapse or future collapses is often avoidable regardless of recurrent and subsequent repairs, by selling your sinkhole home to me before it drains you financially.

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What Causes the Danger After Collapse?

Collapse sinkholes are the most common type in Florida. They happen suddenly where the overburden is thick with soils and heavy clay. Collapse sinkholes are deep, steeply-sided holes in the ground. They are frequently triggered by fluctuations in the water-table. As water levels fluctuate, the roof of the cavity is stressed and then weakened. Eventually, the water-table drops too far down and the cavity walls are unsupported. Eventually, the ceiling collapses because the overburden cannot be supported, hence, a sinkhole is formed.

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What type of Florida Sinkhole is causing damage to your home?

The information below gives a very brief overview of the types of Florida sinkholes that can damage your home. If you would like additional information please contact me.


(Cover-collapse sinkholes) These types of Florida sinkholes occur abruptly and are deep holes in the ground with steep sides. These sinkholes are often initiated by fluctuations in the water-table. Water levels fluctuate, the roof of the cavity is then stressed and damaged. When the water-table decreases too much, the cavity walls become unsupported. The ceiling (or top) becomes too weak to hold the heavy clay and mud (called the overburden) which causes the ceiling to collapse, hence forming the Florida sinkhole.


(Dissolution sinkholes) If the overburden (mud and/or clay) is thin or absent, the surface of the limestone bedrock will become eroded from ground (or surface) water as well as wind.  A depression will naturally form over time, causing a bowl shaped indentation with chemical breakdown of the rock.


(Cover-subsidence sinkholes) This type of Florida sinkhole will appear as a concave depression in the ground. They are a few feet in diameter and depth. Cavities in the limestone fill with clay and sand, sediments fill the depression hence, a lake is formed due to the accumulation of water caused by a restricted flow.

Many ponds and lakes in Florida are a result of sinkhole formation and Florida has more sinkhole homes than any place in this country. Many people believe that sinkhole damage to a house can be caused only when a large hole in the ground opens up and swallows a home. I have only seen this happen 10 time in all my years of doing real estate. Many times there is actually no void under the house at all. The ground is unstable due to fine sand, clay, or organic material (Mud). This causes the house foundation to be unstable. The big expense is to make sure you have no problems in the future. In many homes I see there is very little visible damage to the property. Yet the sinkhole repair and stabilization of a damaged sinkhole house can run over $150,000.00. This is due to the amount of repair necessary to prevent future instability. The insurance companies (some times with the help of a good sinkhole lawyer) will pay off a homeowner's insurance policy to there limits of the policy.

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Avoiding Danger - Do you have a Florida Sinkhole

The "throats" of a sinkhole which are located at the bottom of some sink holes often have very steep and sharp drop offs that can sometimes reach tens of feet deep (or more) into caves and crevices in the bedrock beneath the sinkhole opening.

The walls of a sinkhole are "funnel-like" and often have a slick surface from mud or muck. Although it is natural to be curious about a sinkhole, especially if your house is in danger of collapsing or falling into it, should be completely avoided. It is never safe to get near to a sinkhole that clearly has a steep vertical drop off. The sides of the sinkhole may extend to a depth of over 120 feet and it may not take a lot of weight to collapse the edge around it (overhang) if stepped on.

Children, household pets and livestock can get trapped in a sinkhole should they fall into one. If the sinkhole is newly formed, it can be very unpredictable and all danger should be avoided by avoiding the area. Call a sinkhole expert and notify the water management company immediately.  

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Sinkhole Tampa Florida - We are sinkhole home buyers in Tampa Florida.

I am buying distressed sinkhole property in Tampa Florida. We are looking for distressed sinkhole properties in the Tampa Florida area.

Repairing a distressed sinkhole property can be very expensive and time-consuming. I have seen many instances where the repair costs more than $150,000. I received many calls from homeowners who have just found out that they are living on a sinkhole property. They're usually quite distressed over the news. I usually point out to the homeowner that they're actually in a pretty good position. Considering this very bad real estate market. By the time they get the money from the insurance payoff. And I buy the property from them. They usually come out with more money then it is was worth, then if it had not been distressed sinkhole home at all.

 Looking for distressed sinkhole property in Florida. Please sell your distressed sink hole property for cash. You can get code enforcement off your back. Stop Paying For Property Maintenance.

When the insurance company pays you off, you will typically have enough money to pay off the mortgage. No more worrying about falling into a hole or the roof caving in on you. You can use the extra money to pay off your debts. Make The Right Choice. We are buying single property in Tampa. 

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Sell us your unrepaired sinkhole home in Florida.

Pasco County Florida has experienced a large number of sinkhole homes. If you own a sinkhole home in Pasco County, I am interested in purchasing your unrepaired home for a fair market value. Sinkhole homes often have extensive structural damage as well as cosmetic damage. Sinkhole damage in a home can be very expensive to repair. The cost of repair can often exceed the value of the home. The sooner you deal with the damage and address the sinkhole the less damage that you will experience. 

We buy repair and rent sinkhole homes in Florida. It is not uncommon to have sinkhole homes in Florida.

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The Florida legislature and Governor Rick Scott have changed the sinkhole laws due to the insistence of Florida Insurance companies. This article was written before the changes were made. If you have a new sinkhole problem you may be out of luck. Contact your insurance company to see if you have sinkhole coverage. We continue to buy unrepaired sinkhole homes in Florida.

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