Monday, April 17, 2017
Of storms, drains and steps
We've just contracted to have our property's drainage improved, because too much water was getting off our house's roof in an uncontrolled way, and eroding the ground near our home's foundations. The contractor dug a ditch in which to lay pipe and drainage . . . only to have a real gully-washer of a thunderstorm hit us at about 3.30 this morning, filling it with mud and dirt, and threatening to submerge a ladder he'd left in the newly-excavated space. It was a mess, to put it mildly.
He and his workers have been cleaning up the diggings and preparing to lay pipe. They also took the opportunity to carry around a semicircular step, to put it in front of our back door and make it easier to step down into the garden. That was a lot of work . . . the supplier delivered it to the front of the house by forklift truck some months ago, and told us we'd have to get it from there to where we wanted it. Miss D. and I waited until we had the contractor on board for other things, then offered him extra money to take care of that little problem for us. It took four strong men, plywood walkways laid over the (still sodden) ground, and a furniture dolly to get it done.
The workers have gone off to get some food and recover their breath before continuing with the drainage system. The gutters around the front of the house will be extended down both sides to the back garden, and connected to the new drainage pipe. When it's all done, we should be able to withstand even storms like this morning's without difficulty.
Ah, the joys of home ownership . . .