|The Wall Was Drying Out|
As some of you will have noticed, and others may have read, we have recently been experiencing a little bit of rain. OK, it has been rain of Biblical proportions and possibly worthy of an Ark being built. It has been coming down like stair rods. With it there have been a few problems. Our pool is now so full that even an insect landing on the surface of the water is enough to cause it to overflow. We have had a small leak through the ceiling of the kitchen, a slightly bigger leak in the hallway caused by an overflowing gutter, and joy of joys that bloody waterfall came back into the cellar.
|Not A Water Feature That We Would Recommend|
At least our problems are slight compared to some others. Some have their cellars flood as the water table rises, others have their own spring or river running through at certain times of the year. All problems can be overcome, supposedly. Most of ours has involved polythene sheeting. If you have ever seen inside a Bulgarian attic, you may wonder where the sarking felt is. They never used to use it, and none of the old roofing timbers are straight. Our roof timbers are all sound at the moment, so what we have done is tent the inside of the attic with polythene sheeting. The tails of the polythene go out over the eaves, so if any rain does get in under the tiles it can run straight back out again. The only problem with this is that strong wind can also get up under the eaves and pull some of the polythene sheeting down. Which is what happened to cause the leak in the kitchen area. The hallway problem has hopefully been rectified by changing the pitch on that run of guttering.
|What Every House Needs, Running Water|
The rain and thunderstorm started back about 11 last night, at that time the waterfall was not in evidence. I have got back into the habit of reading for a while before I go to sleep, and last night was no exception. Just after midnight I went back down to the cellar to check. Brilliant water all over the floor, and running down the wall. So there I was mopping the floor until gone 1 this morning. Net only woke up when I got back into bed, but at least the rain seemed to be easing. Just as I was nodding off the storm returned, so I get back up and check the cellar, everything looked OK. As we were both awake Net went and put the kettle on. With coffees made and the cellar looking ok I thought that I would give it half an hour and then recheck. You've guessed it the waterfall was back. So once again I am round the back of the house, wearing a bath robe, a pair of crocks and a head torch. I was getting a good soaking from the cascade, as I was prodding at the gutter with my length of timber, it was like something from a low budget remake of The Last Of The Bengal Lancers. Hopefully none of the neighbours were taking notes, none of the dogs fancied coming out and lending a paw. Once I was thoroughly soaked I managed to stop the water flowing down the cellar wall. We were cleaning down in the cellar until gone 3, and Net did a further check half an hour later.
|The Navvys Have Been|