Getting serious…

After yesterday’s lighthearted piece about mud, the torrential rain arrived late last night, as forecast. It has now been raining solidly for more than twelve hours here, and the whole place feels awash. The house has the impression of being surrounded by a moat, (not really) as water flows into the side entrance, and runs off the garden onto the patio. The gutters just cannot cope, so they overflow, adding to the deluge.

But there’s worse to come. Opening the large shed, we discovered it was flooded, up to a depth of almost two inches. Regular readers will remember that this has happened before, and it is always a real trial. This is a brick-based substantial building, added as an extension to the garage, by the previous owner. It is invaluable for storage, and we also have two freezers and a tumble-dryer installed out there. When the water seeps up through the ground onto the concrete floor, we face the possibility that the electrics will blow, and we will lose all the food, and the capacity to dry washing. Not to mention the cost of replacing three items of expensive electrical white goods.

The shed was built with a large concrete lip at the bottom of the door, to stop water getting in. This unfortunately works in the opposite direction too, meaning that all the excess water cannot be swept out. This leaves one weapon in my limited arsenal of water removal. Brushing the water into a dustpan, and flinging it out of the door. Each scoop is less than a cupful, so you can imagine how long it takes. Before attempting this, everything stored on the floor of the shed has to be moved outside. As it is still pouring with rain, this could not be done, so it all had to be dragged into the adjacent garage instead. This car-free zone, already full of the goods from two previous lives, is now at maximum capacity.

Once the deeper water is removed, I get to start on the worst part. This means getting onto the floor, with a selection of old towels, dustsheets, and anything else absorbent, and physically mopping the residue using the cloths. This is cold and wet of course, and hard on the knees. The sodden sheets and towels then have to be put straight into the washing machine, and spares placed around the base of the freezers and tumble-dryer. This is in the somewhat forlorn hope of stopping water getting underneath, if it floods for the second time later today.

The rest of this afternoon will be spent nervously inspecting the shed floor, and washing out all the soaked towels ready for the next time. Then later tonight, I will have trouble sleeping, anticipating the whole thing happening again tomorrow.

Country living. Ain’t life grand?

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21 thoughts on “Getting serious…

    1. When you manage to see the rest of my recent photos, Arlene, you will realise how much water we have had here. Glad to hear you are enjoying a good climate for a change.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Terrible job. Lots of water here in Wales too. Where I live usually I’m lucky to live up a hill, but still we have water running down from garden to garden from the field at the top. The fields cannot soak up that much water. I always get worried about electrics and water. Fingers crossed it stops..

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  2. Get yourself down to ‘Pallets 4 U’ and pick up a few to raise everything off the ground….or start clearing out all that stuff in the garage, a couple of trestle tables and off to the car boot sale with you, after all when did you last use any of it? Then you can turn the shed into a small aquaponics tank, stock it with Garra rufa fish and set up a pedicure business along with carp for food!
    It’s a win win situation.

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    1. Some of that garage stuff is ‘stored’ (indefinitely it would seem) for other people, so can’t be ditched. The books out there might have to go though. The shed is used as a sort of larder/overflow domestic store, and doesn’t contain anything we don’t use regularly. (Except tools, in my case!)
      Thanks for the pedicure fish idea though.
      Love to all in Poland. Pete.

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  3. I second Mr. Roland Kemp on his drain solution. In the interim, I might point out that you could buy a cheap bilge pump, or at least a large scoop, a supersized sponge, and a pair of knee pads. By the way, we got a touch of rain here this past week in Las Vegas. Total accumulation was 0.42 inches (1.07 cm). Nevada is in the rain shadow, so California gets most of the precipitation that moves inland from the Pacific this time of year.

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    1. I have thought about a pump of some kind before, rather than make a hole in the wall that might attract rodents. I hope you enjoyed your smattering of rain, David. I have more here, if you need it.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. You can’t go on like that Pete, you have to have a drain fitted in one corner of the shed. See if there is a natural slope and fit it at that end. It should just run off into the ground hopefully.
    Happy New Year, Ro xx

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