Sinkholes in Florida

With the collapse of the resort near Orlando yesterday, sinkholes are once again in the news.  This is a common phenomenon in many parts of Florida. They often form when rainwater dissolves limestone in the ground, leaving cavities beneath the surface. Luckily southwest Florida is not overly prone to sinkholes.  The pressure from the water in various aquifers in our area helps keep our ground levels intact. Damage from sinkholes is not covered under many homeowners insurance policies so it’s a good thing to investigate if you are buying in an area where they are more common.