So Where Does the Water come from Under my House?

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Years ago when we bought the house Springside Hall on Lake Ave East the basement floor was bedrock that was painted over with orange paint.  Several wooden tree logs held up the first floor in the basement. Every Spring 2 feet of water would flood the basement when the river waters were high.

 

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Seeing that the fridge was down there when we bought it– it wasn’t really handy at all in the Spring. So the basement was finished- except the cistern we dug out and a small tool room where the oil furnace used to be. That same small room still has the original bedrock floor as well as the cistern.

A sump pump was put in so we could control the Spring run off and no longer is our basement Seaworld in April.

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There is a brook at the bottom of the hill on Lisgar and Argyle Street which I have talked about before and it runs behind Jennifer Fenwick Irwin’s home on Argyle. It used to flow down the back of my property. There was once a bridge at Beckwith Street and Lake Ave East– but my question is- where does this water originate from?

I was told it came down from the Gatineau’s but that seems a tad far fetched.

Actually there is a creek which begins under the Coleman Street Tim Horton’s and travels down Rochester Street under my house and down to Lisgar and then flows over to the arena and empties out out Shi* Creek. In the old days people on Rochester Street would open their basement windows to let the water flow through.. or so I have been told LOL

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. Ahhhh the wonders of gravity! As rain/snow/run off is absorbed into the ground, it doesn’t just move in a downward direction, gravity also pulls it downhill. The topography of your place suggests water would move between the pockets and layers of the stoney bedrock on its way downhill towards the river. As more water builds up the pressure in those layers increases causing the water to follow a path of least resistance, pushing it back upwards where it can, even if that means your basement. That floating depth of running water in the bedrock is sometimes called the “water table” and in times of high volume (spring plus rain) the water will be higher and more likely to show up in your house, while in times of low volume (late summer) the same amount of rain may not even make a damp spot in your house. A cistern was often used as a means of capturing and containing water inside the home so that going out to a yard pump and getting water from the well could be avoided in wintertime. Because we live on the Canadian Shield, lots of little ‘artesian’ wells spring up between the rocks and building a home over top of one and catching it into a cistern meant fresh running water all year long. They’re very common in Easter Ontario but also a dead giveaway that water exists under the house.

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