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Sinkholes are a major problem in Pasco County, Florida. These underground cavities form without warning, causing anything above ground to go plummeting into the earth below. Not only can this cause damage to your property, but it can threaten the health and well-being of your loved ones. If you aren’t sure about what causes sinkholes, the early warning signs, or what to do if one happens on your property, here’s everything you need to know.

What Causes Sinkholes?

Sinkholes occur when slightly acidic groundwater dissolves rock beneath the surface over time, causing a giant cavity. When excess weight such as a home or a car sits on top of this ground, it can collapse without warning. Unfortunately, the limestone rock underneath much of central Florida is particularly susceptible to this disaster, making it important to always search for warning signs.

Sinkhole Warning Signs

Before you panic over your home meeting some of these warning signs, remember that foundations settle over time, and it may not necessarily mean you have a sinkhole. However, you should definitely familiarize yourself with some of the warning signs. Some of the most obvious sinkhole signs include:

  • Cracks in walls, above doorways, and in interior joint areas
  • Slanted floors, cabinets, and other furniture or pictures hung on the walls
  • Sticky windows that used to open effortlessly
  • Sloped stairs
  • Nails popping out of baseboards and other trim

    What to Do If You Have a Sinkhole

    You never know when or if a sinkhole will occur, but when it does, you should know what to do next. If you have a sinkhole on your property, don’t panic. Your first step is to call a professional company that can determine the extent of the sinkhole and how to remediate and stabilize the house. Although ServiceMaster 24 Hour does not fix sinkholes, once the sinkhole has been stabilized, our certified team will clean the area as needed, and if appropriate begin the process of rebuilding your home. For information on cleaning and rebuilding after a sinkhole, call us at 727-201-0499.

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