On November 14, 2013, a sinkhole forced more families out of their homes in Dunedin, Florida. This hits especially close to home because I grew up in Dunedin and attended high school about one mile away from the affected neighborhood.
In preparing for an upcoming trial, I deposed the carrier’s geotechnical engineer who recommended a compaction grouting program to remediate my client’s home that suffered a sinkhole loss. In his report, he noted very loose to loose shallow soil zones.…
Florida’s landscape has a great propensity for sinkhole activity, which causes extensive damage to policyholders’ property. The Florida Legislature has passed many laws regulating the adjustment and remediation of sinkhole claims.…
Amy Boggs wrote a post yesterday, Sinkhole Repairs: Where’s the Grout?, that was followed by a story, Florida Sinkhole Reappears after Rain, which demonstrates that she is right–grout is not the proper method to fix most sinkholes:
A 20-foot sinkhole in Clermont, Fla., opened up this Monday between two homes, and the recent heavy rains could be to blame.
In 2001, a sinkhole appeared in the same spot and was filled with cement. It has now reopened and is causing some concern.
We are seeing an increasing number of cases involving the ineffective repair of sinkholes. I had a recent case where the homeowner repaired the property pursuant to the carrier’s recommended repair method which called for grouting only….
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