Zillow Advice: Neighborhoods - Sinkholes opening up in decaying Seattle waterfront http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Damage to a home from sinkholes, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ Damage to a home from sinkholes, considered "earth movement" under a homeowners insurance policy is excluded, as is earthquake, landslide (either on top of the home or&nbsp;out from underneath the home), volcano and avalanche.<br/><br/>Any person with damage caused by such incidents would immediatley be cancelled by your insurance company. Obtaining other coverage would be virtually impossible. (Every home app asks if you have ever been cancelled or nonrenewed and the answer must be no or sufficient reason given, such as "roof now fixed.")<br/><br/>These type of things are excluded under most policies because there is simply no way to build a statisical likelyhood of loss, such as 1 out of 1000 homes will suffer from sudden water damage resulting from a broken indoor pipe this year. Rates can be built on such data. For other things sush as flood, data is available but the stats are so bad no private company will write the coverage; only the Federal Gov., heavily supported by taxpayers.<br/><br/>There are separate&nbsp;separate policies available with limited coverage for some of these things, such as flood, earthquake or landslide coverage.<br/><br/>Thses type of things are a BIG deal and often result in condemenation of the property, so buyers beware - the home is only as good as the ground it is built on.<br/> Fri, 29 May 2009 01:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-29T01:11:00Z I recall hearing the sinking ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ I recall hearing the sinking of the&nbsp;Greenwood area up to Lichton Springs is due to the water table being dractically changed. Again recollection seems something about the underground springs being diverted etc and the land shrinking as a result.&nbsp; Seems Sam has the better geographic details! Sat, 23 May 2009 23:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-23T23:47:00Z Apparently the "sinking"&nbsp;in ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ Apparently the "sinking"&nbsp;in Greenwood is real, Cass.&nbsp; Not sure if blaming it on the Safeway is really fair, since there have been a lot of constructions projects in the area.&nbsp; The neighborhood is built on a peat bog, and recent projects have drained some of the subterranean water support of the bog.&nbsp; It's been going on for a long time.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/206911_greenwood07.html">Greenwood sinking</a><br/><br/> Fri, 22 May 2009 21:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-22T21:57:00Z I know, Mike, the first time ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ I know, Mike, the first time I heard that quote about the small marine creatures, it reminded me of a Star Trek movie.&nbsp; Sadly, it's our dilapidated support structure. Fri, 22 May 2009 21:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-22T21:53:00Z Has anyone heard about Greenwood ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ Has anyone heard about Greenwood sinking because of the new Safeway? My clients told me this. &nbsp; Fri, 22 May 2009 16:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-22T16:12:00Z "Small marine creature have ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ <em>"Small marine creature have been boring through the seawall for years"<br/><br/></em>Reminds me of the 1990 Sci Fi movie 'Tremors' with the giant earthworms. <br/><br/>You best watch your step, Sam.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100814/">Tremors on IMDB.com</a> Fri, 22 May 2009 04:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Sinkholes-opening-up-in-decaying-Seattle-waterfront/237740/ 2009-05-22T04:45:00Z