We left off Monday planning to find the end of the line and hoping that once we open up the air supply, everything would flow just fine.
This picture is terrible, sorry about that. It’s hard to take good pictures at the end of day back here because of the setting sun.
But you can see the plastic that we’ve exposed. All the way on the bottom is clean white sand (original ground), then rock and sand (which is surrounding the drainage pipe), then black plastic, then finally river rock and dirt.
After spot digging for several hours we finally found the end of the line. Of course, it was a stupid mess. There was a T-pipe that was cut off at two ends and just left open in the mud!!! Again, what were these people thinking?!! The two ends were packed with mud so bad that I couldn’t get an air supply through.
When we first found the end of the line, this is what we found.
After removing the T-pipe, this is what we saw…
Here’s the T-pipe. The plants around here are smart. Their roots found a home in this convenient water source. We can’t get through, but they can.
This whole digging mud and rocks thing is a fantastic workout. I’m still walking 1-2 miles in the morning but I’ll probably put off running until after my dad leaves.
The part that I didn’t take pictures of is the elevation that my dad shot of the pipes. The highest point was back at the swamp. It slopes down on both sides from there–to the drainage system along the backyard leading to the street and also along the back of the house. Why is the water flowing along the back of the house? Where is it going?
Besides that, once we did get all the muck out of the end pipe, the water didn’t flow. There was a clog somewhere. So, the plan for the next day was to remove the layer of river rocks and mud and the plastic under it. This would expose the rocks and sand and allow us access to the entire line so we can see what is going on.
Since I’ve been working in the mud, I’ve been wearing my super cute Kamik rain boots. So much nicer than ruining my beloved retired Mizunos.