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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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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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