Since sewage must be diverted or captured somewhere, the time has come to build a cesspool. We have opted for this solution for two reasons. Firstly, there is no public sewer system available in the village yet. Secondly, it is always safer to capture sewage from the factory where sanitation solutions are used in a cesspool, so that the pH value can be checked before being taken out and, if necessary, neutralized. The first step in the construction of the cesspool was the excavation of a pit into which the prefabricated cesspool will be placed.
Along with all the construction work being carried out during the reconstruction of the building, a fairly good volume of construction debris has accumulated. We sorted this debris and placed it to the part of the cellar, which must be filled up. Before that, we have concreted the windows in the cellar. At the top of the debris, we placed a layer of crushed stone, which will be later compacted, and a base plate will be constructed above it.
In order to excavate trench for the main sewer pipe which connects the building with the cesspool we had to call for a serious mechanism. The pipe comes out of the building at a depth of 1.4 m and further down towards the cesspool to a depth of 1.6 m. A long time ago some other buildings used to stay on the part of the land which the pipeline passes through. These buildings were removed over time but solid stone foundations were left in the ground.
After deepening the cellar space to the required depth, we dug out trenches, which we filled-up with 0-4 fraction backfill sand. We have then laid sewer pipeline in the sand. This pipeline is designated to serve technical room which will be established in this space over time. The main sewer pipe which drains the sewage from the entire building also passes under the technical room. A floor drain was planned to be placed in the middle of technical room floor.
Work on the sewer connection has started. We must build a cesspool on the land and divert the waste from the building to this cesspool with a new sewer pipe. The original sewer pipe made of cast-iron pipes is in an emergency state and flows into the tripod. This solution is unsatisfactory in several respects. As a first thing, we built a passage for new sewer pipe under the foundations of the building. We made a reinforced concrete lintel above the passage pipe to protect the pipeline from possible settling of the foundation.
We are fully aware that we are losing almost perfect interior for shooting a B category horror movie, but the situation is relentless. In the part of the cellar which is usable we have to remove the partition wall and deepen the whole space so that it can be utilized for establishing a utility and boiler room. Furthermore, the main sewer pipes will lead below this room out of the building. We first removed the partition wall. Then we broke the original floor and carried all the rubble out. Subsequently we started to deepen the cellar.
The bottom of the door leading to the part of the cellar to be filled up is already concreted. The time has come to fill the rest of the door. We made the formwork and pulled out the mixer. This way we added one of the inherent ingredients to Saturday's village mood. Besides tireless circular saw whirling, urgent rooster screams, and riotous dogs barking it is, of course, tenderly hypnotic mixer rattling. The concrete is already maturing…
After the purchase of our building we were convinced that a building with such a long and diverse history must be hiding a priceless treasure somewhere in its bowels which we will once discover. So far unfortunately we discovered only couple of surprises in the form of critically damaged parts of the building. The third issue in a row which required immediate action was leaky tin roof over building extension. Water entering through holes in the roof considerably damaged the ceiling of the room located directly below this roof.
Since we decided to fill up the part of the cellar that was in disrepair, we had to fill the door leading to that part of the cellar with concrete filling. We started with the bottom part of the door. We will not fill the window next to the door. It will later become part of the riser. In the second part of the cellar, which is usable, we plan to establish a technical room. Pipes from the technical room will pass through this riser up to the production rooms.
Another problem we discovered during inspection of the cellar was related to base of the pillar carrying lintel and part of ceiling above the largest room. Similar to cellar’s vault-ceiling this base was weakened by long-term exposure to humid environment. We therefore reinforced base of the pillar with a concrete casing which now firmly holds it. The concrete casing will be supported by construction debris the whole cellar will be filled up with later on. This will provide the pillar with sufficiently strong and stable base.