Sinkholes are caused when groundwater flows through underground beds of limestone. As the water flows, it erodes the limestone, creating caverns beneath the ground. When the earth above these caverns no longer has enough ground to support it, the earth collapses, leaving holes, or what is otherwise known as sinkholes.
These sinkholes can swallow entire homes, and anything else resting on the ground above them. Therefore, it is important to know the warning signs that may indicate a Florida sinkhole on your property.
Some signs that may indicate a Florida sinkhole on your property include:
- Abnormally slumping trees, fence posts, home foundations, or depressed areas in the ground;
- The sudden formation of small ponds;
- Structural cracks in the walls or floors of your home;
- Discolored well water; and
- Wilting vegetation.
If you notice any of these warning signs, then you should contact your local water management district. Tell them that you suspect a Florida sinkhole is forming on your property. A geological expert should be sent to your home, and they may conduct a geological survey. You should also contact your Florida homeowners insurance coverage provider. If there is a sinkhole, and it causes damage to your property, then you may be eligible for compensation in a sinkhole damage claim.
If your Florida home has been damaged by a sinkhole, then you may be eligible for compensation in a Florida sinkhole claim. To learn more, visit our article library to read about Filing an Insurance Claim for a Sinkhole in Florida.
The Florida sinkhole claim attorney team at Falk & Falk Law Firm knows how important it is to you and your family to get the settlement you need in order to move on with your lives. Our attorneys have experience in helping victims of natural disasters—and other homeowners nightmares—recover from their loss. An experienced Florida sinkhole claim attorney can help you to fight for the compensation that you need and navigate the tricky world of home-owners and hurricane insurance. Contact us today – 1-877-663-5110.