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Old 05-18-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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My home was built in 1986 - I just recently moved in and I noticed a 20 ft by 15 foot depression in my backyard. People have told me that it was a construction pit - where the builders put stumps, drywall, wood and other scraps and then filled it with dirt. Can this be what it is? Secondly? How do i fix this? Just keep adding trucks of fill dirt?

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Yep.
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:46 AM   #3
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Maybe there's treasure at the bottom, you should dig it up and find out.:D:D:D
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Could this be a sink hole???
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He said it was a depression. Maybe he needs to hire a psychiatrist to get it out of this depressing state.
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Maybe Jimmy Hoffa's body??? Let us know if it is
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Was this condition disclosed by the seller or real estate agent before you made a purchase offer?

Does your state require that the seller disclose all information about a property to be sold?

If your state requires that all information about a property being sold must be made known and the seller did not notify you of this before you signed the purchase offer then you may be able to sue the previous owner to get this condition corrected.
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Or, it may be argued that this was a clearly visible minor condition existing at the time of the offer. The seller and their agent may or may not be liable. Depends.
If it's a sinkhole, it could be something significant.
If it's a debris disposal fill hole, it may have just settled out and won't be such a big deal to correct.
In any case, as an agent, I would have disclosed it, but that's a question for your state's real estate commission legal department. Give them a call.
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Are you on well water?

If you are on well water then I would be concerned as to what was put into the pit.
Was there hazardous material that will or has contaminated the drinking water?
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Thanks for the replies - Well I hired two laborers and got the fill dirt put in - However there are some big chunks that I will need to break apart - Would I need a tiller - I tried with the shovel but those are dang hard to break apart. Any suggestions on what to use to level out the dirt?

And I am not on well water...

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A tiller will work fine. Are you on a septic system? Septics can colapse as well. I would want to find out what was causing it before filling it in. Sink holes can gobble houses. Septics can fail. Generaly fill pits are full of pretty solid stuff and compacted...usually. Tree trunks and such degrade but turn ito dirt. I would dig to find out what this is before something or somebody gets hurt!

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People's concerns are as follows. You have a depression in the yard. It can easily be a place where the contractor buried stumps and other biodegradable junk that is now degrading and compressing. BUT it COULD be issues with the septic/leach field or a sink hole So the issue is not the DEPRESSION but what is CAUSING it.

In MY yard, I KNOW that the place that sinks is where someone buried stumps and crap even though I told them to toss them in the woods. And the OTHER place that sinks is about halfway up the driveway (100 yds up or or so) where the driveway guy 30 years ago got his dozer stuck in the swampy area and had to pull it out with a bunch of chains and his excavator. Despite escavating here way down, and adding material ever few years, this area continues to sink, slowly,l no sink hole, no worries. So in the end the seriousness of your situation is dependent on what is under the depression!! Ron
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Guys, this problem with over 8 years ago! Either the poster has fixed it or his entire house has been swallowed by now.
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Toss in 3 Zanex a day, 500mg.
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Ke-rap. Came up as a thread with a new post on my ipad! Sorry all. Hopefully he is not sunk and gone. Ron

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