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Springhouse problems solved
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Michele Russell    Posted 10-10-2003 at 14:29:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here is a follow-up to the spring problem. My
real estate agent, sent from heaven, got into
the springhouse, stirred the water up and
dumped it out of the house in a 5 gallon
bucket. The spring filled back up real fast,
though, and the water still seemed dirty.
Turns out, between the cinderblock of the
house and the rock of the land, there was a
gap and the puddle of water surrounding the
springhouse was backing up into the
springhouse. The puddle was there because
our watercress had grown so thick it had
choked the downhill progress of the water.
Anyway, with the puddle and the crack, dirt
seeped back in immediately. So my sweet
boyfriend, a stone mason, used hydraulic
cement (?) to fill in the gap and the water
stopped coming into the house from the
puddle. Then we cut back the watercress
until the water flowed downhill again. So now
the water is twice or thrice as clean and I am a
happy lady. Thank you to you all for your

Buddy 1    Posted 10-10-2003 at 17:56:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 5 springs on my place, sure wish I knew how to build a spring house.

Michele Russell    Posted 10-10-2003 at 14:32:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh, we also had to rent a "trash pump" to
empty out the springhouse of water, and then
shovel out bucketsful of sediment. The trash
pump was the only thing fast enough to keep
the water level down so we could dig the stuff

Michele    Posted 10-11-2003 at 19:53:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
from looking at the inside of my springhouse, it seems to me that to build a springhouse, you need only to be able to build a cinderblock or stone house on stone. it looks like the folks who built the house cleared the dirt/grass around the spring down to bare stone, then built on that stone. the crack that was my problem was in the concrete that joined the stone to the cinderblock. i guess the last time anyone had worked onit was in the 1970s.

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