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Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:18 am
by soyena
Dear knowledgeable friends
We are looking at a hillside in Chicureo of 7000m2 that has a rain water drainage that passes through the middle. It occurs naturally coming in from the top and creates a 60cm wide ditch that runs to mid land, not all the way through. Not sure if I am being clear.

Does this create any kind of problem? I knindda like it as it is the only plot in the condominium that is not entirely boulder but has some soil and perhaps the water might make it easier for me to plant some trees?

Honestly I doubt it rains more than 5 times per year but everyone I go to look at lands, the neighbors would comment that it is a good land BUT rain runs through it, making it sound like a bad thing.

Any thoughts?
Thanks!

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:08 pm
by admin
do you have a photo?

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:17 pm
by soyena
Oh I got no pictures, will try to get some tomorrow

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:05 pm
by proger
around here a lot of parcels have natural water drainage in them, some people fix them up with pvc pipes, depends on the water flow/mosquitos...

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:27 am
by passport
Best to have a soils expert look it over. Hillside water can undermine buildings and they end up at the bottom of the hill.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:22 am
by admin
given the neighborhood you are talking about i would possibly be concerned about some sort of flash flood situation, but in most cases there is something that can be done. culverts, cementing the bottom of the creek, rock basket retaining walls.

lots of options, if the price and property is right relative to the cost of flood control.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:34 am
by admin
i have a parcel that has a drainage ditch through the middle that tends to flood in the rainy season. i was going to expand it and turn it in to a water feature / rock garden, with excess capacity to handle heavy rains. sort of go with the flow landscaping. in the southwest u.s. i seen a bunch of gardens or parks that were designed to flood and act as retaining basins durring heavy rains.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:09 am
by soyena
Here is what it looks like. It is actually a meter wide in some areas.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:11 am
by soyena
Currently in the ditch is basically thousands of rabbit holes lol

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:38 pm
by paladin
I’m certainly no expert on such things, but cant understand why you’d want a piece of land where, if it rains a lot, you’ll possibly have water all over the place ? It’s the season when nothing grows, so no water is needed. I live in Chicureo but not up in the hills, and see it to be a negative to have a piece of land like you show, but at the same time, have no idea what you plan to do with it.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:48 pm
by hlf2888
I would be concerned about mudslides if you are building on a slope in an open area. Find out how long it has been for sale... that could tell you something. Ask more neighbors.

Re: Buying a land with water drainage passing through

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm
by admin
dont know, but from those photos looks totally manageable. ideal would be to see it on a rainy day. cement the bottom or put in a "french drain" with some attractive rock.