In a story that developed about three months ago, Trapnell Elementary was closed due to unstable soil conditions believed to be sinkhole related. The Tampa Tribune is reporting that the students will return to their own campus April 19. Crews hired by the district pumped grout underground to fill the void.
Barfield and Bragg present a claim study in the dangers of partial underpinning as best approach to fixing a sinkhole.
If you are the owner of property near a repaired sinkhole, you should conduct your own investigation near the home both before and after they complete the repairs. Usually, this should not be a concern if the sinkhole activity has caused only minor settlement at the original property. But, the addition of the weight and pressure of tons of concrete beneath a home pits mother nature against the homes in the area.
Check your foundation repair company to ensure your home is being properly remediated. As much as we discuss insurance companies and their tactics, there are times when they do the right thing and an attorney is not necessary. In those cases, the homeowner is on their own to find a foundation repair company to fix…
If my insurance company paid to grout my house, how can I still have ongoing sinkhole activity? This is a common issue we face and could be the result of numerous individual issues or several of these issues working together. The first issue is that grout alone will never guaranty that sinkhole activity will never…
Because the energy behind sinkholes is water, the rise and fall of the water table often causes additional activity. As the water washes over limestone, it increases the dissolution of the rock and continues to move soil away from the location. By so doing, the limestone is more like to sink or move. During seasonal changes, the action of water then causes more of settlement.
The larger the building or lot, the more testing is required. If you have a condominium complex where a sinkhole investigation is being completed, the investigation should relate in some way to the size of the building. Ordinarily, most engineering firms will conduct 3 standard penetration tests on a standard home site. Using this as a baseline, while not an exact comparison, I would expect a larger condo property to have considerably more borings on the property.
If you have cracks in your stucco due to sinkhole settlement, you can get paid for it. You cannot also submit this same damage for payment under the hurricane claim. However, sinkhole repairs are unique, and could be paid for subsurface repairs under a different set of coverage limits. Suffice to say, these claims are complicated, but do happen regularly.
It is common for insureds to get caught between insurance companies and construction companies in these situations. We frequently see homeowners who battle with the contractors for years (with no success), only to find out the home had actually be built on a sinkhole prone area. While this may seem unfair, it is not. The insurance company can actually sue the construction company in a claim associated with recovering any payments made to you. This is referred to as â€œsubrogation,â€ and is a part of the insurance process.
Hundreds of homeowners faced residual issues with dry wells or activated sinkholes during the freezes of 2008-2010. The district and advisory board seem to want to walk the thin line between harming the local farming industry by taking away their ability to protect their crops and dealing with the resultant dry wells and sinkholes as they have for the past two winters.