We hear the phrase “working as designed” a lot when dealing with the things our contractors do. Hey, why are all the light switches backwards? Oh, that’s working as designed. Um, why is there no water pressure? That’s low-flow faucets–working as designed? Well, you know what we mean.
Today I’m sharing an example of something working as designed. You may recall that we had quite a few issues last year with the water and sewage lines going from the B unit at Villa Park (the casita). It had to be done, because previously water flowed IN to the little house. Nice.
Our team had to put in a pump to get water to the street, because of the way the land sloped, they had to do a whole lot of contouring around the house, and well, spent months fixing pipes. The city inspector kept insisting on more and more improvements before passing the house as fit to occupy, so we did them all.
It didn’t help t hat week before last, someone drove over the sensitive pipe area next to the house and it had to be replaced. Sigh. Beside the point, but more money on drainage. Or drains. Or pipes. You know what I mean.
But this past weekend, it rained and rained. Actually, it kept raining until mid-week. It was quite the test of the new drainage system at the casita. As the photos show, there was water all around the little house. It might have flowed out to the soccer fields behind the house if there was any space between the bottom of the fence and the dirt, but, our contractor was right when he said, “Hey, it’s working as designed!”
It’s really good to see that all those changes the inspector insisted on having us make were the right things to do. The house remained high and dry, while water flowed in an orderly fashion AWAY from the house. Working as designed! Yes!