Waterworld! 2013

31 Mar

One of the unexpected outcomes about owning an old house is that you get to learn quite a lot about home maintenance and the history of home construction.

In other words, I’ve got some leaking pipes.

There are two (at least) spots where the 140 year old cast iron waste pipe is leaking. I thought it would have to be replaced as part of the installation of the new bathroom, but the plumber assured me it was sound. He was wrong. It’s cracking up. Sigh. It could always be worse. So a new plumber is coming to assess the sitch tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the innermost part of the chase, which are a bit of a walk through history. Lead pipes (yup, that’s right), the cast iron waste, some copper water pipes, and the strangely located hanging electric wire (live) that’s now dripping with water. Not safe. Don’t dangle wires next to water pipes, kids.

Cracked waste pipe on 3rd floor

Cracked waste pipe on 3rd floor

Window to the pipes in Butler's Pantry Closet

Window to the pipes in Butler’s Pantry Closet

Cast iron waste pipe, copper water pipes LEAD water pipes and braided electrical cord in the chase (seen from BP wall window)

Cast iron waste pipe, copper water pipes LEAD water pipes and braided electrical cord in the chase (seen from BP wall window)

Looking up the chase

Looking up the chase

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