Every Floridian has been shown pictures of giant sinkholes on roads, residential homes, and waterfront realty. These photo are when a sinkhole gets out of control, and the homeowner or residents neglect the fact signs are shown before this extent of damage.
One of the first telltale signs of sinkhole activity is a cracking foundation or cracks in walls. Brooksville residents might overlook this sign but these cracks are not only visible on the inside of the home but also from the outside.
Besides Cracks in Walls, Brooksville residents should be aware of other telltale signs that a sinkhole is present. There are a lot of signs, but some of the more noticeable and more frequents ones are :
-Dips, Depressions, and slopes in yard
-Trees, fences or structures are starting to tilt
-Cracks in doorframes, windows, and floors
-Gaps in corners or between walls and counters
-Dead patches of grass or plants
There are more telltale signs of sinkhole activity, but these are the most common or the most reported amongst homeowners.
Another telltale sign besides cracks in walls, Brooksville residents should be aware of water, moisture, and humidity. Water damage comes from storms, but water damaged is severely worsened or hyphenated in conjunction with sinkholes being present. The first red flag when it comes to storms is the smell. If your home smells earthy or musty after storms, there is a strong chance you have standing water from a sinkhole somewhere.
Standing water is another sign of recent sinkhole activity. Sinkholes cause holes and depressions that water will build up in. Now Depressions in the ground do happen naturally, but if it is a rather large/deep hole that only sprung up recently it may be time call your insurance company and have them test for sinkhole activity.
Granted not all of these signs mean you have a sinkhole problem. These problems do occur naturally over time, but if your residence has more than one problem, it maybe time to get a second opinion.
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