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Old 12-31-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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Does Brandon have sink holes that swallows up homes like some areas around there? I can't imagine how awful that would be for the homeowners to have that happen , but read there were sink holes and want to check up on it. It was just one post I read on another board, but I'm asking.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Florida in general has sink holes. Some areas have more. I don't think Brandon is particularly plagued with sink holes.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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I remember hearing about one house(which was vacant at the time) being swallowed up by a sinkhole when I was growing up, but I agree with annaegel that Brandon is not really an area to associate with a big sinkhole problem. It is also fairly rare to just suddenly lose your house(though it can happen)...there will often be warning signs...and the surveyor can tell you if you're on a sinkhole or not.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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There have been several recent reports along the I-4 corridor --> Sinkholes swallow homes, roads across two Bay area counties | Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota | WTSP.com 10 Connects.

Also, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection maintains a database of reports here --> http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/gisdatamaps/sinkhole_database.htm (broken link)

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:07 PM
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Sinkholes are caused when the ground water supporting the land is removed. During this last cold snap, the farmers pulled so much water out to keep their berries from freezing that the surrounding land had no support. Since the bulk of Florida soil is basically sugar sand, it caves. Although not as prevalent, areas with dense housing feeding off large centralized wells face the same threats. It's really unfortunate that the crops of a few farmers are more important that the surrounding areas.
They have been talking about a water shortage in the bay areas for years...this is just one result.
Will we see any more sinkholes? Well, if the temps warm up and we get a bit of rain to refill the aquifer then no. If it gets cold again and is dry, then there could be more.

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Old 01-20-2010, 12:19 AM
 
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If I wanted to find out about the possibility of a sinkhole on specific properties how would I be able to find that information. Does the government website listed above include that information? Are there companies, like home inspectors, that inspect the property ( I guess using ground penetrating radar) before you purchase a home> Thanks in advance
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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DRAM, FGS, Sinkholes in Florida
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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That is a great site,Bucfan! Lots of info on sinkholes.Rep for U.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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If I wanted to find out about the possibility of a sinkhole on specific properties how would I be able to find that information. Does the government website listed above include that information? Are there companies, like home inspectors, that inspect the property ( I guess using ground penetrating radar) before you purchase a home> Thanks in advance

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the seller's must disclose this information by law.

Honestly, a lot of the houses that have been treated for sinkholes just experienced "normal" settling. But, because the engineers don't want to be responsible for saying a void is or is not a sinkhole, the claims are either treated or cashed out by the insurance companies. But, because so many people freak out when they see the slighest crack, one day(soon, maybe already in some areas?) the average family won't be able to afford to carry sinkhole coverage. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I think I heard that our Sen Nelson is talking about asking for Federal funding for a Tampa-Orlando speedtrain. I'd think with all this sinkhole activity, a speedtrain would be a high risk project. Do we really need to have a train between the two cities? If anything, Tampa to Miami would be better (at least for us, it would).
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