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Pond on hill above house?
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Mary Lee    Posted 06-04-2004 at 18:39:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everyone,

My husband and I found a modular home that we like in the country and there is a pond up on a hillside that sits right above the house. The owner of the property who is selling the place said there is no chance of it spilling over as he made a run off to the left of it. He dug a trench or something. Should this be a concern to us? If we purchase the place is there anything we can do to prevent the worst happening???
Thanks so much for your response. This is a great site.

TomH    Posted 06-05-2004 at 13:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
How big is the pond and how high is the dam? I wouldn't rule out buying it unless the house is right in the line of a dam burst; but from your description of the trench it sounds like a poorly thought out arrangement.

If the pond is fairly small it wouldn't take much to drain and level it.

TomH    Posted 06-05-2004 at 13:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Forgot to add this consideration: does it look like the pond there to correct a drainage problem? A good rain or snow melt will send a lot of water down the hillside; if he's using a pond as a catch basin above the house and rerouting the water it's asking for trouble.

wv bill    Posted 06-05-2004 at 04:40:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
depends on lots of stuff,,ask neighbors if there have been any troubles there... i think it could be great,,a free source of almost unlimited water,,you could have a hydrant,water for washing cars,pool, even hook to toilet's....i have a pond here but it is the other side of small holler or creek,so this would be some differant. there could be lots of differance in size of ponds.

Clipper    Posted 06-04-2004 at 21:08:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just two words....BUYER BEWARE!

rhudson    Posted 06-04-2004 at 21:04:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
for some reason i cannot imagine building a house below a pond? around here that would be a house in a "bottom" just something that is not done. have you visited the site on a cool night? around here you would find a damp fog rolling off the warm pond down the hill. that means 100% humidity at the bottom location. maybe i'm not visualising you locating accurately.

dale anne    Posted 06-04-2004 at 20:26:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
a pond on a hillside above house....even with an overflow iffin ya get bad storms and trees or debris clog up in overflow ya gonna have trouble! pond is below the house with an overflow...this week bad weather came....washed out our driveway and now i have dead fish floating to the top...thinking tree limbs and leaves glogged everything up....have to fish it all out....dont know a sure fire way of fixing anypotential problems of flooding...but sure some of these here men folk can come up with a few....we have some very smart menfolk here on this board...i know i know...i also am a woman and i know it's hard to believe men are wiser then us...but yes at times they are...even i have to admit anne

Pitch    Posted 06-05-2004 at 03:00:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is something that I would have to study on carefully. How long have the pond and house coexisted? The most important thing is would you be able to get insurance?

Mary Lee    Posted 06-05-2004 at 16:23:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone, you have given me some things to ask. If anyone else has any input I would sure appreciate it. My husband is going to look at the place again so now he has more he can find out. Thanks a bunch!

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