I’m way behind on posting. The last three days have been exhausting–physically and mentally. I was going to post a multi-day post but it’s more exciting if you learn about what happened in pieces, the way we did.
On Monday, the plan was to clear out this swamp, grade it, fill with rocks, and move the shed onto this area so we have our patio back. Then the next day my dad was going to start on the stairs/ramp.
Ana said they like this area because of this…
This was hard work. Shoveling up mud, rocks and roots. We loosened it up, shoveled it into a wheelbarrow and dumped it into the upper part of the backyard. Here’s the pile, which to me, looks surprisingly small. It felt like we moved a small mountain.
Ana and Charlotte were pulling out the nice rocks out of the mud. I do so love their outfits.
Everything was going as planned until we found this drain. It was covered with plastic and about 3″ of mud and rocks!!! What were those people thinking!? I don’t know much about drainage systems, ok well actually nothing, but I have the common sense to know that this is a bad idea.
That drain changed everything. We dug it up and discovered that it immediately curved 90 degrees to a T-pipe. That’s when we realized that the drainage system might run along the back of the house. All this time we thought the drainage system ended at the fence along the terrace.
There was a scary part (for me) where we started to dig where the swamp drain connects with the terrace pipe. I dug a few inches under that concrete slab (on the right in the picture above) and water started gushing out! There was water trapped under the slab!! (See picture below.) Which made me wonder if my house is sitting on top of a pond.
Then my dad told me he had built houses on “floating foundations” in Waimalu. The area used to be all taro patches, which grow in watery fields like rice. This actually made me feel better for some reason. If there is water under my house, it won’t cause it to fall apart… hopefully. But Shane had a good point that this could be the reason why our house is always so humid, especially the kids’ bedrooms, which are in the back of the house.
The two pictures above are from the end of the day. We left it thinking that the next day we would find the end of the drain line, open it up and hopefully this would help the whole system drain properly.
For dinner we had leftovers and I made these backed potatoes that I dug up in my garden!! It was such a good feeling to be eating food that we grew! Everyone liked them. But of course, because Bacon.