Moving to Salem Oregon? Due to the amount of rain we get, we do get landslides. It’s pretty much basic physics: it rains, the soil becomes saturated and heavy by the rains, and gravity pulls it down. Voila…a landslide. Most of our landslides seem to occur along the coast in the Oregon Coast Range, but homebuyers in Salem, OR do need to be mindful of this hazard.
Our city and state codes require homes that are built in a designated landslide area be engineered to certain standards. That is great for new homes, but homes built before codes may have future problems.
What you need to know as a home buyer is that if you intend to purchase a home in South or West Salem, you do want to double-check to see if the house is in a designated landslide area. The risk is from low to high, and that is important for you as a homeowner. Purchasing an older home in a high-risk area can be a source of many additional repairs to the home or foundation since they weren’t engineered to current landslide standards.
Chapter 69 of our local city ordinance talks about city codes for these areas and if you plan to buy or remodel a home in one of these areas, please read the codes. They may make or break a purchase for you.
Now if you don’t believe me that living in a landslide area is cause for concern, please read my post I always wanted to see Niagara Falls.