Today the water company came to replace their part of the lead service pipe. The workmen started with a tea break. Then they began to cut through the footpath with a large circular saw. That coiled blue plastic pipe is our new connection from the house to the street.
After this some manual excavation commenced. Then it was elevenses.
This was followed by the digger. Then they had lunch. There was also lots of standing and looking into the trench.
It’s difficult to see but in the clay is the iron mains water pipe with the lead service pipe connected. It turns out that we had two leaks – one where the pipe attached to the mains and another on our property – hence that ‘ground water’ I showed you yesterday.
A van with a loud speaker then went up and down the street warning residents that the water was going to be turned off. They then drained the pipe and our new plastic pipe was attached to the mains.
On the house side the blue pipe goes into this brown insulated junction box called an Insuduct and then into the house. It saves having to dig under the house and up through the terrazzo floor.
The hole is still there as it is the job of a separate team of workmen to fill it back in again.
We now have lead free water! This is the end of the Edwardian lead pipe that was attached to the mains.
Rosie inspecting the pipe. At the end of each day Oliver, Ruby, Rose and I go downstairs and inspect the work. There is lots of sniffing about (by the cats).
Oliver has discovered that the new electric wires swing about when you bat them.
I’m glad they’re not live.
Ruby getting a good view of the street.
The chimney breast in the future kitchen started to come down today.
You can see the angled brick that started the archway over the original fireplace. I need to check with the builders whether the arch was still there under all the plasterwork as it would have been nice to see it before it was removed. Probably a good thing I didn’t though as I would have been torn about whether or not to keep it.
As you can see by Miss Rose’s pose, the cats are very stressed about the building work.