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What are “Problem Soils”?

What are “Problem Soils”? Many people who live in Florida are aware of the hazards of foundation problems occurring due to coastal erosion or sinkhole formation. However, another problem that may occur in Florida homes is sinking or settlement due to problem soils. These “problem soils” are often the cause of void formation and settlement in […]

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Who is at Risk for Coastal Erosion in Florida?

Coastal Erosion in Florida In the state of Florida alone, there is over 1,000 miles of beaches. Because nearly the entire state is edged in coast, there is a great chance of coastal erosion for all those who live on the coast. For residents of the Jacksonville, FL area or other cities situated close to […]

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What Kind of Sinkholes are There?

Types of Sinkholes Florida is known to have sinkholes due to the limestone that makes up the soil. When the acid from rainwater mixes with the limestone, it dissolves the limestone causing voids to form. These voids can eventually lead to a sinkhole. There are three general types of sinkholes. They are: Subsidence Solution Collapse […]

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How Do I Know if my Home has Sinkhole Damage or Just Normal Settlement Cracks

Sinkhole Damage or Settlement Cracks? Many of the signs of sinkhole damage and settlement damage are the same. Some of these signs that can either be from settlement or from a sinkhole forming on your property are: Foundation cracks Wall cracks Garage column cracks Leaning chimney Sloping floors Sticking doors and windows Ceiling cracks Floor […]

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Information on the Florida Geological Survey in the State of Florida

How do I find information on jobs with the Florida Geological Survey or the State of Florida Jobs with the Florida Geological Survey, as well as jobs with other area of the State of Florida, are posted on the web. If you are looking for a job with the State, or with the FGS, visit […]

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What happened to the Florida Sinkhole Research Institute (FSRI)?

Sinkhole Research Because they are so common in this area, sinkholes are a serious issue for many people; if a sinkhole opens up on a homeowner or business owners property, it will not only cause foundation issues, but lower the value of the property significantly and make it much more difficult to sell. Homeowners in […]

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Who may I call to obtain further information on insurance in Florida or to issue a complaint about my insurance company?

Sinkhole Insurance Since they are quite common in Florida, it is important that homeowners be completely aware of the risks that sinkholes pose. If a sinkhole opens up underneath your home, it could lead to various foundation issues. Small sinkholes often cause a sinking or settling foundation, or foundation cracks, which can in turn lead […]

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My insurance company has done sinkhole testing at my house, but has not released the reports to us. Is there a way to see if a sinkhole report has been filed on my home address?

Sinkhole Reports Sinkholes are a major problem for many homeowners, especially those that live in sinkhole prone states, such as Florida. They can be a real danger to you and your family; if a small sinkhole develops under or near your home, it could cause foundation issues like a sinking or settled foundation, or foundation […]

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Our insurance company has informed us that the area where we are going to purchase property is listed as a sinkhole area. What does this mean? What can we do about it? Should we buy in that area?

Sinkhole Areas Sinkholes are a common problem in Florida; many homeowners find that their homes are in an area that has developed sinkholes or are prone to develop sinkholes. If a sinkhole does form under or near your home, it could be a danger to your foundation. Sinkholes can open voids beneath the foundation of […]

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I was denied homeowners insurance because there is a sinkhole within one-half mile of my home. What can I do?

Sinkhole Insurance Issues in Florida No one wants to be denied homeowners insurance for any reason. However, situations sometimes lead to insurance companies finding reasons to do just that. Often, a sinkhole in close proximity to your property can be such a reason that insurance companies will argue. Sinkholes are a dangerous issue that can […]

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