Homeowners near Seffner sinkhole worry about own property

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Photo of a Seffner home that was recently demolished after one room collapsed into a sinkhole.
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Seffner, Florida -- Lillinia Hardin lives more than three miles away and had to come see the Bush home with her own eyes to believe it. She watched as it was demolished to rubble.

"I told my husband it makes me want to move back to Alabama -- when I heard it happened this close and to a person going to bed," said Hardin.

The sinkhole swallowed up 37-year-old Jeff Bush Thursday night his body has not been recovered. The home has been demolished.

Hardin said she's been checking her own home for cracks. 

She said she plans on opening a home day care in a few months and she is asking her landlord for help.

"I have an inspector doing whatever needs to be done, especially with us opening a daycare," she said.

RAB Construction Repair co-owner Rodger Bennett said it all falls on the homeowner to inspect their property and should do it quarterly.

"They should do self inspections of their home, as well, to see if stairs are cracking, if the tiles are popping up, if there are cracks in the grout and floors are not level," said Bennett.

If cracks are found, Bennett said homeowners need to file a claim with their homeowner's insurance and an engineer will do a visual inspection. 

If cracks aren't visible and the homeowner still wants more testing done for peace of mind, they will have to pay. 

"Just to have the soil tested on their own nickel $5,000 to $10,000," he said.

If there is a sinkhole Bennett said the repair cost can range from $70,000 to $100,000, or even more, depending on the size of the sinkhole. But he said it's a cost the insurance company usually picks up.

As for the homes near the Bush's property, county officials said for now they have not been condemned, but families are still not allowed back inside until the Bush property is stabilized.

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