Category: Finding Sinkholes

September 26, 2017 by Ted Corless

All across Florida, the ground is giving way as gaping holes are opening in backyards, homes and apartments, schoolyards, and roadways. The culprits are sinkholes caused in part by the extra water from Hurricane Irma. Like hurricanes, sinkholes evolve from the action of water on rock, dissolving it, and when hurricanes bring more water, more…

August 28, 2017 by Morgan Barfield

Water is a sinkhole’s best friend. The underground voids and cavities associated with sinkholes form through the action of acidic water on the limestone. Limestone is a calcareous material that dissolves. The formation of the voids does not happen overnight. Once the voids form, the soils above have to move downward, which causes that raveling…

September 9, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

Thats right, well kind of. A sinkhole opened up on the Upper West Side of New York swallowing a BMW and part of a dance studio several weeks ago. Granted the sinkhole was the result of a water main break and not necessarily natural causes like we associate with sinkholes here in Florida. In similar…

Why does Florida have so many sinkholes?
September 5, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

Why does Florida have so many sinkholes? With the ever-present threat of sinkholes for Florida’s property owners, it’s reasonable to ask why there are so many sinkholes in Florida as opposed to any other state. To understand the answer to this question, one must understand what causes sinkholes in the first place. Why does Florida…

May 23, 2016 by Morgan Barfield

I say no usually. Of course every situation has to be looked at uniquely but I frequently deter people away from this option. To make sure we understand what it is we are talking about, the current law requires a structural evaluation to determine whether structural damage is present at your home first. If they…