Chris has been in the trenches — metaphorically and, at times, physically — for the last week trying to reroute and bury our sump pump pipe. Our home inspection last December found that the sump pump was discharging into the sewage system, which is a violation of (I’m guessing) a township ordinance. Long story short, the sellers would only provide a temporary solution to fix the immediate issue and we were left to decide where and how to remedy the situation permanently.
The project has been Chris’ from start to finish — he researched it, discussed it with the guys at Hornung’s, rented a 24-inch trencher (or “ditch witch,” as I prefer) and got to work.
The trencher was huge and a lot more difficult to maneuver than we’d expected. After a day of work that included two visits from Hornung’s and one from my awesome Uncle Brian, digging out huge rocks and navigating a slim path between bushes and a garden bed, we had a trench!
The trench, however, didn’t smoothly and steadily decline; it kind of leveled out in the middle between where the Hornung’s employee had demonstrated using the trencher (and gone too deep at the beginning) and where the property begins to slope downward naturally. Even at the trench’s end, we wondered if the final descent was steep enough to ensure the water always flowed all the way out, so Chris went over the last few feet again the next morning to deepen it.
He budgeted one day for the project. On Day Three, it poured down rain and partly back-filled his hard work. (There was much hand-wringing, possibly tears and definitely a Kari-imposed moratorium on discussing the trench on Days Four and Five.) Ten days later, we’ve called in reinforcements for this weekend. I won’t go into all the machinations that arose during this period, but suffice to say we do not possess the tools nor the expertise/time to properly finish off this job. Although it feels defeating to get this far and not finish the project — our biggest DIY attempt to date — at the end of the day we’d rather have it done right and only once. (And I’m convinced at least 80% of the project is done and certainly the hardest manual labor.)
We hope the project is all said and done by the end of next week 🙂