Author: Nick Halverson

Anyone who owns a home in the area should remember that not so long before modern roads and developments and logging, this area was a vast and untouched tropical rainforest. What does it mean to own a property in a rainforest?  

Keep in mind that the region receives between 120 - 160 inches (that’s between 10 - 13 FEET of water!!). By contrast, Denver, Colorado, receives around 80 inches of snow in a typical winter season. How your property handles that much water is often overlooked in the excitement of purchasing a property. My company, Osa Property Management, frequently gets involved after a property is bought, and we need to put together a plan to help protect a property from further damage caused by water. 

Also, the solution that worked in the past may no longer work due to shifting land, broken drainage, blocked drainage, or other factors. Land can shift due to earthquakes, changes in landscape design, or a deluge of water. Failure to address water mitigation issues may damage structures or landslides that have very costly solutions to repair. 



Tips for protecting your home: 

  • Gutters must be cleaned. Make sure your landscaper is doing that during every visit (minimum twice per month), especially during the rainy season.
  • Water mitigation starts with landscaping. Take care when changing the landscaping of a property - especially if you want to change slopes/grades. Don’t plant trees too close to your home. If they are already planted, make sure the limbs are cut back to decrease the probability of debris falling onto the roof.  
  • Install “alcantarillas” (concrete tubes typically used under roads and driveways) to help the water keep moving. 
  • Study where your downspouts/rain chains end. Do they go onto the ground? Ideally, a concrete catch box will be connected to buried plastic pipes guiding the water into a more extensive water system.  
  • Plant appropriate plants and trees in the proper locations.
  • Keep all drainage clean of debris. Have your landscaper/property manager check them. 
Osa Properties Management

Do not wait until the water mitigation is a problem. The solution can be much more expensive than it would have been having the issue been resolved earlier. When erosion issues become a problem, the cost to fix and repair can run into the $10,000s. If done early enough, a plan can be built in stages, thereby spreading out the cost over a couple of years versus all at once. 

Please contact Osa Property Management if you have any questions about your current water mitigation design on your property. We can provide a no-obligation quote.

Contact us

Revista Ballena. Bicentennial of Independence

Comprehensive Magazine #80, South Pacific Costa Rica, Bicentennial of Independence

Congratulations to Costa Rica on its Bicentennial of Independence! From its foundation in 1821, a guideline for conduct determined that Costa Rica “recognizes and respects civil liberties, property, and other legitimate national rights of every person and any state or nation.” The country
has proven that it can live in peace, freely and democratically, even with limited economic resources and facing significant challenges while respecting the environment.

Continue reading

Ode to the woman that colored our sky

Ode to the woman that colored our sky In 2014 the non-governmental organization ASOMACAO, started a reintroduction program for scarlet macaws (Ara macao) at the private property of Gaia Hotel and Land reserve in Manuel […]

Continue reading
Privat Transporteur

Private Transport

Passion for Excellence – Private Transport AUTHOR: Dagmar Reinhard Gilberth Eliécer Villegas Ureña is a native of Coto Brus, the canton in the mountains at the southern tip of Costa Rica. At 18, he was […]

Continue reading

At the age of 66, that’s when life begins!

Life: The band took a short break. Now the strings of the Casal quartet sound again and put all their skills to the test. Guests of the Hotel Cristal Ballena listen to the sounds of the musicians against the impressive backdrop; ocean and mountains surround the phenomenal atmosphere of the hotel.

Continue reading
Luxury Home Tax Reform Project 2

Luxury Home Tax Reform Project

Luxury Home Tax Reform Project Author: Mauro Esquivel A. The Ministry of Finance expects a prompt legislative discussion of the bill that reforms the solidarity tax to strengthen housing programs (ISO), popularly known as the […]

Continue reading
Botox 3


Botox Author: Dra. Mónica Alfaro Boulinum toxin type A (Botox Ò, Nabota) is a relaxing protein or a substance produced by Clostridium botulinum that has different medical and aesthetic uses. This protein relaxes the contraction […]

Continue reading
The Wahoo Are Biting! 4

The Wahoo Are Biting!

The Wahoo Are Biting! AUTHOR: Captain Willy Atencio Hello from beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Presently, it is one of my favorite times of the year as the temperatures begin to cool off and the […]

Continue reading
Surf School

Dominical Surf School

When I visit Dominical, one of my favorite people to see in town or the water is Debbie Zec., owner of Dominical Surf School I have known her since she was nine years old, and in that time, I’ve seen her grow into an outstanding woman and member of the Costa Ballena community.

Continue reading

What to do, Where to eat and Where to stay…

South Pacific Costa Rica Beaches

Looking for business directories, maps or other printouts? We’ve got that too!

Dare to Discover and Enjoy…

Check out…

Need help planning your next trip to Costa Rica? We look forward to help you!

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +(506) 8946 7134 or +(506) 8914 1568
Skype: ballenatalestravel

Posted in Arquitectura y Construcción, community, Discover South Pacific, Osa, Services and tagged .