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Friday, October 19, 2012

Water Under the House 3

We had two plumbers out today to deal with the problem we have with water collecting under the house.

Because the old cracked terracotta stormwater pipes run under the paved entertaining area and driveway (and we didn’t want to go digging those up), the most simple solution was to stop the flow of water out of those pipes and under the house. Well, I say simple, but we also had to account for future renovation work we want to do, which involves putting in support columns and concrete pads under the house, so the plumbers had to avoid those areas too…

So, the plumbers chopped off the bottom of the old stormwater downpipe, so it no longer directed the water to the underground terracotta pipes (white cap over old pipe connection can just be seen at bottom of photo, covered in dirt). They then put in a PVC connector, cut a hole in the bricks, and rerouted the downpipe through new PVC pipes under the house

drain in

The new PVC pipes are attached by brackets to the floor joists, and run along the back of the house…

drain 1

around a corner at the end of the house…

drain 2

and down to the downpipe near the front of the house…

drain 3

Then out of the brickwork and into another new PVC connector and down the stormwater drain…

drain out

Hopefully that’s the end of our troubles with water under the house. Now that there’s no more water leaking out of cracked pipes, the water under the house should dry up fairly quickly.

2 comments:

Kek said...

Our old mid-80s house was on stumps and had all the stormwater and waste water suspended under the house. Makes it a doddle to change anything if you renovate - want to move the bathroom vanity or the toilet? No digging, no problem!

We're on a slab here, so that's a whole other story... let's hope nothing goes wrong.

Charlotte Orr said...

Thanks Kek - fingers crossed!