Sometimes you will not have any warning prior to a sinkhole developing, as it may come about within hours or minutes. But other times, there are signs leading up to a sinkhole collapse. When the sinkhole is on the outskirts of the condominium property, you may not be aware of it. However, if the sinkhole in Florida affects a specific condo unit or common area such as the clubhouse or pool, you will most likely see signs of structural issues. These signs will warn you that something is not right before a sinkhole fully develops.
It's a nightmare scenario; you're at home—maybe even sound asleep in your bed—or perhaps just walking down the street, and all of a sudden, the ground beneath you literally opens up, swallowing homes, cars, trees and even people into a muddy, seemingly bottomless pit. If you're in California, you might attribute such a catastrophe to an earthquake, but in Florida, chances are you've just witnessed—or been the victim of—a sinkhole. Some regions of the country are prone to sinkholes because of their geologic makeup—and Florida is one such region. Believe it or not, sinkholes are more of an insurance risk in the Sunshine State than hurricanes. And Florida has more sinkholes than any other state in the nation.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 20% of the United States lies in areas susceptible to sinkhole events.