Saturday, December 31, 2011


What a week! The days have been so full and thus why this blog has been a little quiet. There is a lot to share, but there just hasn't been the time to put posts together! But now with a lot of the work behind us, here is 'part 2' of the waterline saga . . . .

First of all, thank you all so much for your prayers for us during the past several days . . . they were appreciated!

On Monday, Dad dug another hole right next to our house, and he found the waterline yet again. Only this time, he was able to determine that the waterline went underneath of our house (and not around it like we thought) and that the leak was actually under the house. So . . . what to do next?

Pumping water out of the hole that Dad dug

One quick fix would be to run a flexible smaller pipe through the larger pipe underneath of our house and then just connect it inside to the household plumbing, thus no longer using the underground pipe with the leaks. Mr. M. came out to help us with that on Tuesday (a great blessing!), and he also put a new shut-off valve inside of our house which is nice . . .

Mr. M. putting on the new shut-off valve

Then came time to thread the new waterline through the old . . . and it stopped short after about 18 inches. There was a coupler down in the foundation which was too small for the pipe to go through!

Time for plan C (or was it D now?) Since the weather was going to be dipping just barely below freezing for all of this week, Dad and Mr. M. ran a temporary waterline on top of the ground and joined it up to where Dad had found the main waterline right before it went underneath of the house.

Mr. M. made the valve and then Dad put it on the pipe

All that is left here is to put the temporary line into the valve

It was really nice to have running water again!

Then it was time to start digging . . . and digging . . . and digging . . . and digging some more. After several days out there moving who knows how many pounds of dirt and clay, my body is definitely feeling the effects!

A long line of dirt . . . and there is another one along the other side of the house, too

The end result is a 36 inch deep trench around the house from where the waterline comes into the house to right where we can connect the new line to the old.

The temporary line down in the trench - we put it there on the colder nights so that it wouldn't freeze

And now, we're almost ready to close this chapter . . . all that is left is to attach a new line to the existing line in the house, run it through the trench, attach it to the existing old line that doesn't leak, and then fill in the trench.

We are so thankful that the Lord blessed us with unusually mild weather this week, as it worked out perfectly for this big project!

*If anything in this post is a little . . . non-understandable (which is likely!), it's due to the fact that I am very un-knowledgeable about plumbing! Though, I do know a lot more now that what I used to. :)


  1. Bless your heart! It makes as much sense as it needed to. :o) I hope that this is the end the story! :o)

  2. I just had to chuckle, Sarah, by the end of this post. Now I understand perfectly why you and Leah don't have a regular "exercise" routine that you follow. With the kind of work you do outdoors on a day-by-day basis, you are surely burning off every single homemade peppermint patty you might possibly consume!:-)

    As far as plumbing are certainly gaining a lot, in a hands-on kind of way, and I learned more than I knew before, just from reading your descriptions! Good job explaining.:-)

    Now go take a nice hot soak and rest those muscles a bit.

    ~ Betsy

  3. I am sorry you and your family have had this issue. But it looks like you have it fixed so that you won't have this problem again! I am sure you learned something about plumbing that you didn't know! It is always good when you come out learning something. God Bless you and your family! Happy New Year!

  4. Thank you for your comment, Nabila! Thankfully, we are indeed nearing the end of this story . . . hopefully this week we will be able to close the chapter on it. It certainly has been an adventure!

  5. Glad it could give you some humor, Betsy! And I had to laugh when reading what you shared. While out digging, I had a very similar thought . . . who needs an exercise program when they can do things like this?! Whew, I exercised muscles I didn’t even know I had.

    Yes, I certainly learned a lot through all of this! And thank you. :)

  6. Thank you for your comment, Monica! Yes, hopefully with how we’re redoing this section of the waterline, we’ll never have to worry about it again. That will be nice!

    I did indeed learn a lot about plumbing that I didn’t know before, and I think I’ll learn even more this week as we put the new line in. :)

    Thank you again!


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