Water, water everywhere
I was glad that I was on site when the big rains came down on the 7th of March. Alterations in the landscape from earthworks on the building site caused some flooding and I was busy with the shovel diverting water away from the building. The gutters couldn't cope with the intensity of the rain and overflowed at times. The design using the corrugated iron overhang, with LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and gutters attached meant that no water could overflow into the eaves and flood the house.
The cellar had a significant amount of water in it, about 500mm deep. I don't think that this was because water flowed into it from ground level, but rather because it soaked in through a hole in sump and gaps in the brickwork motar.
Heavy rain, gutters overflowing. Temporary earthworks to divert water away from the building.
Water tank overflowing from the overflow pipe and the inlet. This can undermine the foundations of the tank and cause it to split.
Wetland in flood
Road and drain outside house completely submerged. Whitehead creek in full flow for the first time in many years.
Cellar with about 500mm of water inside. Borrowed petrol transfer pump used to remove water.
Wetland after big rain with overflow channel deepened
Overflow pipe installed on cellar tank which feeds into equalising line / other tank. 25mm line runs to transfer pump which will be housed in the cellar. Water can be drawn from either tank independently.
Abdallah House as viewed from north west corner, showing simplified downpipes to water tank