So some of you who live in New Zealand may remember that there was a significant flooding event last winter in suburban Christchurch when a few of the rivers were overrun after a storm. Fortunately, our house itself did not have ingress of water, but our yard and side yards were flooded up to the top of a gumboot (around 1-2 feet) in places. We noticed after the flood receded that our yard was not draining as quickly as it used to and so the other day we called a plumber out to clear the drains. We initially thought they might just be blocked. It turns out that the flood waters caused more damage than we thought. The flood apparently brought lots of silt and debris which has filled our soak pit which will prevent the water from draining away. We also discovered that the soak pit is buried underneath one of our outbuildings!
As you would expect it’s going to be a bit costly to fix this problem and it must be done before sale.
As a piece of advice towards anyone who is buying a new property, please try to get an excellent building inspector. Ask around to see who is best or better yet, hire two different ones if you can afford it. Make sure you’re present at the inspection. Finding nearly $15k worth of problems over the last 2 1/2 years that the building inspector certified as being in “good condition” which were not even up to code has left an especially bad taste in my mouth. Make sure you know the basics of current council requirements for houses.
As always – have a great week and keep following Kiwi Homesteading for more updates.