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Friday, 1 November 2013

Getting ready for winter

Every winter since we moved here four and a half years ago we face problems in the house and garden, due to heavy rain.

You may recall the wall around the entire front garden that collapsed a couple of years ago when the flooding was particularly bad.   It was a dry stone wall but it had never been cemented together, so Mr A demolished the entire wall and rebuilt it properly.

He is currently working on the side of the house.  Rebuilding the dry stone wall and making a cemented area where he can park the truck.  The roads are so bad that if he doesn't do this before the rain starts, the truck will most likely get stuck in the mud.  As you can see there is still much to be done here.
The wall is lovely

...and this is where the truck will be parked...eventually!

The wall will also have to be built up again behind the house where there is a steep hill.  When it rains water pours down through the existing wall as far as the back of the house, causing it to seep through the walls and make the bedrooms damp.  A drainage channel will also need to be dug out here.

We have a flat roof and there are leaks through the ceiling in the sitting room and kitchen.  When we were in Milas on Tuesday we bought some liquid to protect the roof from the rain.  It is sold in 20kg containers costing 120 lira.  We really needed two to cover the entire roof, but we have budgeted for all the essential work and simply can't afford it at the moment.  So Mr A has covered the leaky area with one container, which we hope will do the trick.  If we can afford it, we will get another one later.

We also bought enough whitewash, which is very cheap, to paint the entire outside of the house, and the kitchen.  The kitchen ceiling in particular is bad as this is where most of the rain leaks through.

There is a huge amount of work to be done and Mr A is now racing against the clock to get it finished before the rain starts.   Thankfully the weather is still very good and fingers crossed it continues for a few weeks more.


 
 
 
 
 


16 comments:

  1. Having almost finished redoing our tiled roof, i think we will be using that liquid for the flat one. Must get the name of it from you when I get back.

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    1. I'll look on the container tomorrow and make a note of it for you BtoB. It goes on with a brush quite easily and looks like plastic when it dries. Apparently it's guaranteed for 7 years.

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  2. Living here, I appreciate the problem of the urgency of getting the work done before the weather turns...
    We're on a pretty good unmade road, but the other road up to town - would you believe the official emergency-exit-in-case-of-earthquake road - is more like a river bed thanks to no maintenance as hardly anyone lives alongside it.

    I had a shock with my first house in France, coming down one morning after a lot of rainy weather the kitchen floor was ankle deep in water....seeping through from sodden fields at the back.
    Never has a drainage ditch been so quickly dug....

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    1. Your road to town sounds like our village roads Helen. And it seems like drainage in France was a similar problem to ours too. Now that Mr A has been digging the area at the side of the house he has discovered why the water has been seeping through the wall. No drainage of course, but earth just pushed up against the house up to about a metre in places, which of course absorbed the rain and had nowhere to go. It's now being gradually removed before digging the drainage ditch.

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  3. You need to 'seal' the brown ceiling stain before you white wash or it'll keep on coming through. Oil based white paint first or maybe some water down pva. Cold luck. Problem is I guess, you need the rain as much as you don't need it!

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    1. Yes we must do that KV, you're right. Of course we do need the rain, but I wish it came in showers over a period of time, rather than torrential episodes and flooding!

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  4. I feel for you Ayak I really do. But in a purely selfish way it is good to hear someone else struggles with the rains. Our back garden floods entirely in the winter, and our central heating leaks inside. So I do understand Turkish winters are not all plain sailing.

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    1. They certainly aren't plain sailing Jacquie. Whenever people talk about moving here to live I always advise them to live through a winter here first. If they can cope with that and still love the country, then they'll settle in well.

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  5. I had never really thought about drainage channels and water run off trenches before we had the house in France, but the amazing storms we get mean they are essential. So far.... I am very impressed by the way the drainage has been designed at our home....pipes emerge out of the terraces, taking run off water from various trenches, and into gullies which then lead into bigger drainage areas at the bottom of our road.
    I hope Mr A manages to get it all done before it is needed...the wall looks brilliant.

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    1. Sounds like a good system of drainage Janice. Drainage is a big problem in this country. In these old villages it's pretty much non-existant, and I don't think we realised until this year quite how big the problem is. I'm not sure we can solve it completely before the rain starts, but will do what we can. Yes Mr A is a good wall builder isn't he?

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  6. Sounds like you are going to be very busy! Good luck!

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    1. I think we will Kelleyn. Thankyou x

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  7. This season will sure keep you and Mr. A busy...busy. The wall looks awesome, love rustic looking things. Mr. A is a good wall rock builder.....Lines them up so well.
    Talk about leaky roofs....during that awful extreme rainfall this season during the flood....a section of the roof fell through and blew the shingles away so in our dining room corner it was coming down the walls like Niagara Falls......:-( Had to replace the 'whole' roof.' So hopefully this winter you won't have any leaks.

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    1. You must have had so much work to do Erica. I didn't realise that part of the roof came off as well! I'm pleased to see that the basement is now finished. I'm hoping that we will have no leaks this winter...or at least fewer than previously.

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  8. Having magnified your photos, I can see clearly how well Mr A builds walls and also how much work he still has to do to get that parking space finished. Good luck with the earth clearance at the back of the house. I know from bitter experience, both in my childhood home and in our present old house, how living in a house on a steep slope can lead to all kinds of problems with drainage.

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    1. It is a bit of a nightmare Perpetua. Mr A has never had to do any of this kind of work before, and it's taken a while to establish what's causing the problems. But he is getting there slowly but surely. And yes he does build lovely walls!

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