Are houses at the bottom of a hill more prone to flooding?

Asked by Jasmin, Newington, CT Tue Oct 19, 2010

The house in question is on a flat lot but happens to be at the base of hill with houses running up and down on either side.

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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Tue Oct 19, 2010
Hello Jasmin,

In some cases yes, but in others no. A lot can depend on the type of soil in the area, which can dictate the retention of water and/or runoff. Another factor is the size and shape of the hill. What type of landscaping do the homes above have?

To figure out the situation for this home I would call a professional landscaper to analyze things for you.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Tue Oct 19, 2010
Yes. Houses at the bottom of a hill are more prone to flooding than houses at the top of a hill.

But, Kevin's answer is better!
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Thomasedward…, Home Buyer, Burlington, CT
Wed Aug 26, 2015
If you want plenty of well water, it can be an advantage to be on the lower ground. For example, neighbors of ours keep digging deeper while our well always has plenty of good water to spare. It's probably cheaper to pay for a sump pump which will keep the basement dry if needed rather than digging for water time and time again. Ask the owners for service records if you have concerns.
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