How a Leaky Pipe Becomes a Jefferson Drain

We sprung a leak in the water pipe that supplies water to our Summer Kitchen Cottage recently. Although the leak was relatively small, we had to dig around the base of the cottage to find the actual pipe. Upon further inspection we realized that the bricks around the base of the cottage were eroding after 160 years of sitting on dirt. Much of this was due to improper drainage not to mention age. So a new project began to preserve the original cooking kitchen for the Inn. Once the leak was fixed we began digging a trench around the base of the Cottage. Bricks were laid on a slope to redirect water away and then mortar was used to make it permanent. Of course some pretty major tuck pointing of the bricks is ongoing. Eventually we'd like to replace the old plumbing to and from the Cottage but that is a project for another day. For now, the guest cottage will stand for many more years to come.

Posted on June 30, 2013 .