Photo of the Week: In the Pipeline

I suppose it was inevitable.  Paul and my father have been eyeballing the pipe that comes up from the well since before we bought the house.  Basically the issue has been that the well pipe is in pretty bad shape, and had degraded so badly at one of the elbows that our entire plumbing system had to be shut down.  The hope was that, if we could get the elbow off, we would be able to fit a new elbow on and use copper pipe to get to the pressure tank instead of the current galvanized pipe.  My perspective has been that the plumbing project is just that: a project, with a specific start and finish date.  But, the guys obviously didn’t agree with me, because when I went down to the basement on Monday to get something from the electrical room, I was met with a completely disassembled plumbing system.

What’s done is done, so I may as well look at the results of this undertaking.  They were able to get the rusted elbow off the well pipe, so we won’t need to re-thread that pipe (a potentially expensive procedure).  The other interesting thing is looking inside the pipes.  It is not pretty!  I don’t really know what all is going on in there, so I’ll let the photo of the week do the talking:


What you’re looking at is a cross-section of the galvanized pipe that ran from the well to the pressure tank.  It’s probably been in place for a very long time… potentially since the house was placed here in 1920?  I’m not really sure.  All I know is that I’m glad Paul and I have already decided to put in a water filtration system.  If this is what well water does to pipes, we’re going to need it.


About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on July 9, 2011, in House, Photo of the Week, Renovation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Holy camoly! The photo looks like a giant holding up a section of an cave that could entertain a lot of spelunking.

    On the good side, having well water means you won’t be watering your garden with chlorinated city water! Bad for the friendly microbes.

    Hope to be up your way in mid August (10-14) on a visiting tour to the twin cities and parts between. Today we are off to Montana with 6 in a van to show the kids the mountains, plains, and hopefully even a glacier or two.

    • Absolutely, having a well instead of city water was actually a selling point when we were first looking at this house last year. Not that I have anything against city water, but considering how much hobby farming we want to do as time goes on, it is definitely beneficial to have non-treated water.

      Safe travels on your Montana trip! I’m sure it will be absolutely stunning. If you have time when you’re up in the Twin Cities in August, you and yours are definitely invited to come over to the farmhouse. No promises on the state it will in, though! I’ll email you my number.

  2. My husband and I replaced a small run of galvanized pipes in our basement, and the pipes’ interiors were identical to your picture. Pretty gross, eh? 🙂

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