Requests: drain problem
23 Deerpath Ln Princeton, NJ, 08540, USA
Leak in storm drain at 23 Deer Path is causing a large pot hole in the yard about 3 feet from the street. The Water Co. looked at hole and confirmed the hole was not the result of a water pipe leak. Suggested that the pot hole may be caused by a storm drain leak. I have tried filling the hole with rocks and they just get washed away.
Joe Opperman, 23 deer path, 924 2207 (phone)
23 Deerpath Ln Princeton, NJ, 08540, USASink Hole in yard 3 feet from street (23 Deerpath). This morning (8/29). The storm drain was checked by camera and no holes in drain were found. Previously, the water company had checked to see if the water line into the house was leaking. No leaks found. Is it possible that the sewer line is leaking? Thank you. joe opperman
15 Wiggins St Princeton, NJ, 08540, USA
Hello; Several years ago, I informed you that the dilapidated, obsolete and antiquated electrical substation posed a life hazard. I described how a blast of blue lightning had set a number of girls standing in the library near me screaming, and how we had gathered in anticipation of this event, and were looking in that direction, the static charge being so palpable.
My tip resulted in action by Public Service, but much of this was cosmetic, with a new fence being installed.
Now, last week (Wednesday evening), another event occurred, this on Hinds Plaza. I didn't stay to see the outcome, but a family had gathered just after a rain shower at the tables I was moving in preparation for the weekly Farmer's Market, and since they couldn't speak any English, at all, I gave up right away trying to tell them of the danger of a lightning strike due to the proximity of the electrical substation, the light rain and the metal tables all gathered together, as they must be to hold the Market.
It was whispered the next day that something had happened to the family, but I could never get any confirmation or clear description of what had occurred, a blue-lightning strike, or what.
Now, I would like to suggest that a heavy-as-possible soft copper conduit pipe be placed under Wiggins Street from the substation to Princeton Cemetery, and then a hole drilled about thirty feet deep to accommodate the copper pipe and conduct lightning strikes to the water table.
Then, braided copper wiring, of the kind used for tree and house lightning rods, should be led to every high, outside corner of the substation. Six or eight rods should be used, at minimum.
The hole under Wiggins Street could be done with a https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/486796 Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) machine, and the machine could be set up in the graveyard.
I hope that you can readily persuade PSE&G to take the measures suggested, or some version of them that can be depended upon to remedy the defects described. I'd rather not continue because of the terrible memories, but I was hit by a blue-lightning strike that I believe originated at the station, and suspect that methane accumulating in the sewers and drains played a part. It wasn't nearby, but where electrical currents are concerned, even long distances can be very short. The substation ran the trolley all the way to Trenton, for example.
184-208 Witherspoon St Princeton, NJ, 08542, USAThere's a house up the street from the intersection of Maclean and Witherspoon that's pumping water onto Witherspoon. This has been ongoing for months. Now with the cold weather the whole intersection is covered in mounds of ice. I nearly lost an axle making a turn onto Witherspoon.
2 Shirley Ct Princeton, NJ, 08542, USA
Concerning the new foundation that was just placed at the south corner of Shirley Court and Witherspoon Street, I'm not sure if it 2 Shirley Court, but that is close.
I spoke with the builder and he appeared to be unfamiliar with the water issues we have around here. I told him how I had dug a hole only seven feet deep and a spring had appeared, bubbling water up from who knows where.
Then, upon completion of the pit or foundation hole, and without pouring a slab, they set the foundation on gravel and broken shale, shale that they had broken up with a tractor-mounted jackhammer. Immediately, water rose in the pit and they scooped out a couple of depressions which are now sump pump openings in the concrete they poured after the foundation was set on the gravel.
Okay, what's the problem? The problem is that the water rising in the pit is actually seepage from coffins that were interred decades and centuries before coffin liners were available. It smells terribly of decomposition (human remains), and it is the water itself that carries the smell, so that if it was routed into the storm sewer by a permanent line it would still be a terrible detriment to Shirley Court.
I believe they should finish pouring the floor and then coat the cement floor up to the walls with hot tar. They should then pour another two to four inches of concrete, and when this is sealed with silicon, painted or otherwise covered, then and only then will the smell not penetrate the concrete floor of the basement in years to come.
The walls appear to be okay, and coated with silicon sealant on the outside, so it is only the basement floor that could cause a problem in the coming decades. Of course, the sump pump might be a problem as well, so perhaps a French drain might be constructed somewhere, even on the graveyard grounds, and the water that will rise every year in the broken shale could be pumped there. Of course, the graveyard owners would have to approve, and they would have to be paid, as well.