Sunday, December 27, 2015
Sunday Reading - Dealing With Run Off
It's been a pretty nasty couple of days this weekend. Rain, rain and more rain and now the temps are dropping pretty fast and the wind has picked up. They are not forecasting any snow or ice for our location yet but the radar map shows it might be a real possibility here in a couple of hours.
This has been one extremely odd late Fall/early Winter so far I hafta say but it looks like from the forecast we are going to finally get a taste of some cold temps over the next couple of days.
Now that I have a few more areas cleaned out I am beginning to get a handle on the runoff issues around here. I have dealt with some of them but others had me a bit perplexed as to exactly why they were causing the water problems they were. I think I have the basement flood issue taken care of which resulted because of a water line we had put in a few years back down to the barn. The settling of the ditch created a small berm that was actually backing up the flow of run off water that used to go down the driveway. It would fill up and then settle along the old foundation and eventually find it's way into the basement. I cut a small ditch in the berm and I hope the water is flowing where it should now.
The barn seems to be a combination of issues. Over the years the ground on the front side has built up until it is higher than the barn entrance. This caused a lot of run off to go right under the door and directly into the barn. I scraped and dug out a lot of the old gravel and managed to get most of the run off flowing properly but now I have discovered that the ground along the concrete footing is low enough in a spot that the water is collecting there like a small pond. It then seeps under the footing and bubbles up inside the barn itself. I guess I now need to dig out along the rest of the concrete footing to allow the water to flow along it rather than pool beside it.
Always something ain't it?
It's these Winter months that really separate the dedicated from the blue bird homesteader types. You have to really believe in what you are doing to go out and fight the elements on a daily basis, trampling through the cold mud and wind to take care of the animals that are huddled down in the barn. Those picturesque scenes of green, well trimmed pastures and a dry barn lot are gone now. Which is just as well I guess since the temps and wind don't make standing around and looking at stuff all that appealing anyway.
At some point this afternoon I need to venture out and clean the wood furnace then restock the firewood racks by the house. I really should split another truck load of wood as well but I won't mess with that if it is raining.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!