Sinkholes: How do they form, What causes them 7 states are more prone to sinkholes, U.S. Geological Survey says

Sinkholes: How do they form, What causes them

7 states are more prone to sinkholes, U.S. Geological Survey says

Across Central Florida in past weeks, sinkholes have formed across Central Florida.

Ocala Fire Rescue officials said a sinkhole opened near a Goodwill store Sunday afternoon.

The sinkhole opened on the banks of a retention pond next to the store at the 2800 block of SW 27th Avenue, fire rescue officials said. This sinkhole opened up a quarter-mile south of where a sinkhole opened on State Road 200 near a Checker's in Ocala.

So what causes the sink hole to appear?

Florida law defines a sinkhole as a,  "landform created by subsidence of soil, sediment, or rock as underlying strata are dissolved by groundwater. A sinkhole forms by collapse into subterranean voids created by dissolution of limestone or dolostone or by subsidence as these strata are dissolved."

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are two types of sinkholes: dissolution, cover-subsidence sinkholes and cover-collapse sinkholes.

Dissolution sinkholes occur when limestone or dolomite are exposed to groundwater. Once the breakdown occurs, spaces and caverns can form.

Cover-subsidence sinkholes form when sediments contain sand and cover material is thicker and sediments contain more clay, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The last type of sinkholes are the most catastrophic and are called the cover-collapse sinkholes. This occurs when sediments have a large amount of clay, officials said.

Over time, surface drainage, erosion and deposition of sediment cause a sinkhole in a shallower bowl-shaped depression.

Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennesseeand Pennsylvania are where sinkholes are more likely to occur, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

If you have any questions about sinkhole occurrences, The Florida Geological Survey has a database that you can look up the incidences.

Florida law, Section 627.706(2)(a) requires authorized insurers to cover catastrophic ground cover collapse. "The insurer may restrict catastrophic ground cover collapse and sinkhole loss coverage to the principal building, as defined in the applicable policy," the law states.

To read more on the Florida law, visit http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0600-0699/0627/Sections/0627.706.html

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Helicon Recognized at Annual Safety Awards Ceremony

From left to right: Ileane J. Altamura – Vice President, Partner, Bouchard Insurance Agency, Clearwater FL, Jose Ramos – Vice President of Safety & Loss Control Services, FFVA Mutual, Insurance Company, Sylvia Kelley – Field Adjuster for FFVA Mutual Insurance Company, Christina Luecke – Senior Safety Consultant for FFVA Mutual Insurance Company, Jay Silver – President of Helicon, John Steinhour – Sinkhole Manager, Helicon, Phil Frye –Vice President of Finance & HR for Helicon

From left to right: Ileane J. Altamura – Vice President, Partner, Bouchard Insurance Agency, Clearwater FL, Jose Ramos – Vice President of Safety & Loss Control Services, FFVA Mutual, Insurance Company, Sylvia Kelley – Field Adjuster for FFVA Mutual Insurance Company, Christina Luecke – Senior Safety Consultant for FFVA Mutual Insurance Company, Jay Silver – President of Helicon, John Steinhour – Sinkhole Manager, Helicon, Phil Frye –Vice President of Finance & HR for Helicon

FFVA Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded Helicon with a highly sought after and prestigious award where annually only 10 out of 5,000 policies are recognized. The event recognized an unheard of insurance mod score of 0.69% and a loss rate of 3.8% for similar companies and over the last two and a half years, 4 managed loss time claims. 11 consultants across the Southeast from FFVA made nominations spanning the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Indiana for companies that made a real impact for having a safe environment to minimize work loss time. Helicon employees were recognized for their leadership “to run an effective safety program” said Jose Ramos, Vice President of Safety & Loss Control for FFVA by having “employee buy-in and getting everyone involved in their claims”, said Ramos.

Receiving the award for Helicon were Jay Silver, President & Founder, John Steinhour, Sinkhole Manager, and Phil Frye, Vice President of Finance & HR.

Jay Silver, President of Helicon comments, “We are proud to see our team be recognized for their attentiveness to safety. Keeping people safe is always a priority and everyone at Helicon has a role in safety; from awareness, to safety talks, to keeping an eye out.”

In addition, Ileane  Altamura , Vice President of Bouchard Insurance Agency talked about Helicon, “they never take it for granted and make the impact…they invest in safety…talk to the team everyday.”

Want to learn more?

Helicon is the premier geotech construction company in Florida. Based out of Tampa, FL. we are a licensed general contractor leading the industry in full-service geotech construction work.

We are experts in pre-construction, soil and structural stabilization, & sinkhole repair. As the premier provider of geotech construction services throughout the state of Florida for nearly 15 years, Helicon prides itself on providing high quality service, for both insurance companies and private customers with handling all repairs and pre-construction work for both residential and commercial projects. We strive to exceed everyone’s expectations.

Helicon has successfully completed thousands of projects in the state of Florida with a focus on the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, including the surrounding counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Citrus and Marion counties. Our professional Helicon Teams are trained and equipped with the tools and expertise needed to execute a flawless and professional experience using the latest technology to repair or prevent for your particular project.

We invest in our teams ensuring they remain up to date on the latest industry technology and training. Our Office Teams will answer all your questions, provide professional service, give knowledgeable advice, and execute a project that will fully satisfy our customers.

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