Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mountain Fed

I know, somewhere along the line, I told you that the house here in the Hollow was fed by mountain springs.  Well, it was until we had a well put in.  That was in the Spring of 2009.

Prior to that, the water into the house followed a very interesting path.  Last weekend, it was in the 50's here so I went exploring with who else but the wonder dogs.  Here's how the water system used to work.

This picture is simply heading up the ridge on the North side of the house.


Ahh...yes.  This is where I turned around and what you can see in the distance is the house.  It's a nice steep walk.  It helps if you stay focused on the ground in front of you not the land up above you.

See...we're getting closer because you can see the top of the ridge.  I only do this walk when it is NOT hunting season and when there's no chance of snakes and yellow jackets.  That reminds me...wait 'til I tell you THAT story!!!

The mountain spring flows into this black pipe with the cover on it.  The pipe runs underground for about 50 feet where it connects to the holding tank.

The tank itself holds 350 gallons.  There's an overflow, a drain and a sediment trap (yep...on more than one occasion when I complained about the water pressure, there was a Blue Dodger stuck in there!)

Then the rest is gravy.  I should say gravity....right down the mountain side underground feeding the entire house.  Then, of course, we had a "black light" system in the house that purified any and all water.  I could never understand why they called it a black light when in fact the actual light was blue.

And, speaking of blue, here's a picture taken from the holding tank looking down towards the house and barn.  As you can see, it was a beautiful sunny day.  (I apologize for the glare in these last few shots.)

Here we are, back at the gate located above the Spring House roof because of the hillside that surrounds it.

Glenda, was it you that asked me if there is still a spring there?
Yes, there is.  However, it was piped before we bought the place.

The well was put in for practical purposes.  There had been a few years here where our area experienced a drought.  And, although we never ran out of water, I'd rather know that I won't.  I'm one of those.  Actually, the well water is more pure...has less bacteria.  Springs bubble up from the ground and then mixes with all sorts of impurities from the surface.  Well water originates from the aquifer.

P.S.  If ever the well failed, the gravity fed spring water could, in fact, be reconnected.  Of course, the "black light" ,which is really blue, would have to be reconnected.  You see, I'm also one of those.  I believe in back-ups.


  1. Thanks for a most interesting post. Yes, it was me asking about the spring.

    Most of the spring houses I have seen were built over the source where the water comes out of the ground, made of concrete and field stones and had concrete shelves on the sides of the spring where folks would keep their milk and butter.

    I think you live in the most perfect spot in the world.

    When I open your blog and see your house, it just makes me feel happy. My pioneer spirit is kept alive.

  2. this is a wild story, love the photos and wish i coud climb that hill. reminds me of the trail i followed to school in grammar school in KY. i to am a back up person and the queen of what ifs.. great post

  3. Beautiful scenery. I agree with you: I'd want the well!


  4. Yip,i agree,being prepared for any break downs in your water system is a good thing! Lovely pics,I bet the blood were just pounding in your ears after that climb all the way up!!

  5. If you don't have water... not much else can function. Back up plans are a necessity in the country. :)

  6. Hey JP, did you know we used to have a mountain spring too? And it dried up in the drought. And we went THREE MONTHS without running water because the well drillers were so backed up? I took showers from a camping shower bag in the yard. When it got to be November it was so cold and I almost lost my mind. Dude. I need to blog about that.

  7. Good Morning, JP ~ what a place to live ~ you are truly blessed! I am grateful for where I live also ~ enjoy the day ~ hugs and namaste, cz:)

  8. After reading Lisa's comment, it puts the whole "spring vs. well" into perspective quite nicely. I think the well was a GREAT investment for you. What a climb! So beautiful!

  9. J.P., I just love it where you live. It truly is in a hollow, isn't it. All those trees, it is just gorgeous. And an interesting post too. I once lived in a spring fed house, but had no idea how all that worked.--Inger

  10. That is quite a climb.. I remember going to Dave's aunts and uncles that lived in West Virginia.. Snakes were always pletiful at the sping where they got their water. I never volunteered to get water ~ EVER~!
    It's always good to have back-up in anything.. I have 9 gallons of water in the basement just in case our electricity goes off.. No eletricity, no water, no flushing no nothing...
    Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  11. Now that's a system that I've never heard of nor has my husband who seems to know everything! We have a lot of springs here on our property but we get our water from a well. We have iron in our water. We have a water softner that we have to put salt in to keep the iron out of our water or else everything in the house will be red! I like to call it the Recipe Room! lol That's what it looks like to me, a still! lol I need to blog that one sometime. Glad you have the well water now!

    Have a Great Day!

  12. Well I am impressed - you have a wonderful home there in the Hallow. I see why you love it so much. Not a neighbor around for miles. And your well water sounds so pure and clean.

    Intersting story.


  13. Shortly after moving up here one of my co-workers git an unpleasant surprise. He bought a land/modular home package and shortly after moving in they lost water pressure. A plumber was called to fix the problem which turned out to be a bad ground wire on the pump which was at the bottom of the well; standard installation around here. The surprise was the bill for pulling the pump, repairing the ground and re-installing the pump: $1 a foot, each way.....1500 feet each way!


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