A licensed professional geologist is qualified to detect sinkhole activity and estimate the likelihood of future sinkhole formation, which may necessitate the use of ground-penetrating radar and/or soil borings, both of which are costly. A geologist could investigate what’s causing the soil collapse beneath the driveway in the shot above.
Home inspectors are untrained and lack the necessary testing equipment to evaluate whether any structural issues or a sinkhole-like region is the start of a sinkhole. The inspector is also not obligated to analyze “geological, geotechnical, or hydrological site characteristics,” according to the Standards of Practice for both national inspector groups and the State of Florida.
Based on what he or she finds during the examination, a house inspector may propose a geologist’s evaluation. “Sorry, but that’s above my pay-grade,” as some inspectors like to say.