Realtors: Sinkholes don’t always leave homes uninhabitable

by Michael Mosher on August 4, 2014

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Hernando County crews are one step closer to filling in a giant sinkhole that formed over the weekend.

County officials condemned Linda Fisher’s home Tuesday, and she was forced to move out.

Part of Fisher’s driveway collapsed into the hole, and large cracks continue to run up walls in and outside her home.

“Never planned to move again, ever, but here we go. It is what it is I guess,” Fisher said.

Several miles away, Deborah Cocke was shocked at the size of the hole outside Fisher’s house.

Cocke understands what Fisher is going through. Before she bought her home nearly two years ago, crews pumped around a ton of concrete under the property filling in the eroding ground.

Cocke showed us the engineers’ report of the property, and pointed out the dozens of areas of concern.

“Each one of these shows the point where they drilled, and how much cubic yards of concrete or grout that was pumped into the area,” she explained.

Cocke said, believe it or not, several of her neighbors have had similar problems with similar solutions.

Many of her neighbors have filled in the sinkholes underneath their homes, and realtors want people to understand there’s nothing wrong with a home that has been repaired.

“That is not something that happens all of the time in Spring Hill, in Brooksville, which we’re known- unfortunately -as the sinkhole capital of the world,” Sue Benson, Remax Marketing Specialist, said.

“When you’re educated and you’re looking at these homes, make sure they have an engineer’s report; make sure they’re insurable, and if they have a warranty, find out about it because they’re just like brand new,” Benson advised. “They’re beautiful homes. Don’t pass them by because you hear the word sinkhole.”

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