Whether the home is new construction or existing, the site of the home is inextricably tied to how the home’s foundation and structure perform, especially if the home is located in a region known for expansive soils. Climate and weather patterns can further impact the home’s stability and structural integrity. Read more in Inspecting for Foundation Damage from Expansive Soils.
If you don’t live in areas where sinkholes are common, such as Florida, you might have never even considered them during inspections. But so many things can cause the ground to cave in that you really should be aware of the warning signs. Even an old septic tank that the client never knew existed could cave in, taking with it the earth above and whoever is standing there. More people have died in this way than you probably are aware. To read about how sinkholes form and the warning signs to look for, check out our new article.