As we mentioned earlier today, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interesting story today about the fact that much of Seattle is apparently built on bogs, and that drainage from development seems be drying out the bogs. Result: the land under some people's homes is dropping. The story highlights the case of a man whose land has sunk two feet, bending pipes and causing other problems.
And so, the obvious question for this blog: Would homeowner's insurance cover this type of damage?
Unfortunately, probably not. "Soil subsidence" and settling are typically excluded from homeowners policies. This is a significant problem, it turns out, in places with lots of old abandoned mines.