Tweet Everyone always discusses how many sinkholes are in west central Florida, and there are a bunch. But, as we have show over the years, sinkholes are everywhere. Here are a couple recent examples. First, a massive sinkhole opened up in Guangzhou China. Workers were building an underground tunnel system when they began to hear [...]
Tweet Its getting tough to keep up with these stories but a large sinkhole opened up in Windemere on Monday morning. The hole reportedly started as about 25 feet wide and has apprently grown to as big as 60 feet according to some reports. Neighbor s and experts are concerned that this could continue to [...]
Tweet edToolbar() A massive sinkhole pretty much in the middle of a swamp in Assumption Parish Louisiana has grown to over 370 feet in diameter and is believed to be 400 feet deep. This monster has apparently eaten all the surrou nding trees and evacuation was suggested but not mandatory for nearby residents. They believe [...]
Tweet The effects of tropical storm Debby continue to linger and have caused a dramatic impact in the world of sinkholes. Dozens of sinkholes have opened up in the Hernando areas as a result of the constant bombardment of rain and water. The most damage has been seen in the Trillium community and around Mariner [...]
The existence of and repair to an adjacent home for sinkhole damage is one of the more the dimensional issues when it comes to sinkhole claims. This is because there are two issues in this question, one of which relates to your own sinkhole insurance policy, and the other, which arise from your neighborâ€™s sinkhole insurance policy.
If you are able to obtain a copy of the engineering reports and provide them to the insurance company, this would be wise. If you are not able to get a copy of the previous reports, but do know the addresses, you may want to at least provide this to the company. As always, put this information in writing, and present it in a constructive manner to the insurance company.
Additionally, water percolating through soil completely alters the characteristics of the soil. Although some soil material is compacted, the addition of water acts to â€œreorientâ€ or change the density of the material. This usually happens only in the shallow soil, as the deeper material is still under the pressure of the soil above it. In a lot of ways, soil is acting not as a solid material but as a dynamic material reacting to the climate changes. When those changes are dramatic during heavy summer rains, more changes are often observed in the homes.
Tweet I am aware that at least one home in our neighborhood has had a confirmed sinkhole as the cause of the damage. Is there a relationship between the presence of sinkhole activity nearby and the potential cause of the damage to my home? There is a Florida sinkhole map, which is published by the [...]
The Statute simply requires the insurance expert to perform what ever testing is sufficient in their professional opinion. This is again a very subjective definition which is a point of contention in many of these cases. You have to remember that it is the insurance companyâ€™s burden to rule out sinkhole activity at the property so, what does constitute sufficient testing necessary to rule sinkhole activity?
Sinkhole damage usually appears in a â€œstair stepâ€ pattern, as opposed to the diagonal but straight damage lines caused by storms. The stair step damage of sinkholes so tends to follow the mortar joints of the walls, while storm damage tends to ignore these boundaries and can even caused damage to the bricks and mortar themselves.