My block is getting sewage work done.

My block is getting sewage work done.

The Alcaldia ticketed my landlord and gave him 48 hours to come to terms with it over replacing concrete pipe to the sewer (fortunately pipe inside the house is PVC). Took the ticket up to him yesterday and saw him here today working out the details. The guy next door was in town from Leon to deal with the change, too.

Up until yesterday, the guys doing the digging didn't have on hard hats, but yesterday, they had the yellow helmets over their baseball caps and there were four pickups parked at one end of the block, one obviously a plumbing parts supplier, others probably supervisors. They're still wearing yellow helmets today. Pickup trucks visible at the end of the block.

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Probably that nasty concrete/asbestos pipe

Over time, the water breaks down the pipe releasing the asbestos.


Apparently, the house inside has PVC (also in the other house). Both houses have concrete pipes for black water.

The house owners have to pay for replacing the pipes, apparently. This was one house at one time, but has been divided and has two different servicios.

Didn't know they had asbestos in the concrete, but the city is pulling a lot of the old pipes on a block by block basis. Some people have refused to pay, thus the tickets.

Rebecca Brown

As usual

I am confused. Why was your landlord ticketed?

1st Capt. Ron

(Title by Miskito Alan)

the lateral

(the pipe from the sewer main to the registro and then to the house) is paid for by the property owner. Now they are 4 inch plastic pipe. When we did our house I had to go buy a 6 inch by 4 inch tee to connect to the main and the pipes to go to the house. If you hook up after the pipe is laid no telling what type of substandard connection they will make.

The registro, incidently, is a concrete box mostrousity they use to provide cleanout access instead of using a simple plastic wye cleanout.

Quite likely the old concrete pipe had asbestos in it. If it isn`t broken up into dust it should present little hazard. It is still manufactured for construction uses like porch columns but I doubt the new stuff has assbestos. I find it handy stuff to used as culverts for small drainage ditches around the house where they go under a walkway. The 5 inch id has much more volumn than a 4 inch pipe.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

The Tubo Sanitario

is pretty skinny, I'm used to seeing ABS for this purpose in the US. The tubo sanitario comes in a couple of different grades,, cheap and cheaper.

I bought a 6 M piece of 6 inch at Sinsa on Thursday for $20, the schedule 40 version was $80. For my needs it had sufficient wall thickness.

Very difficult to find schedule 40 PVC here in the smaller sizes, I've been using some stuff from Costa Rica, I think they referred to it as #27. Better than the pipe commonly sold, but still nowhere near Schedule 40. If you are buying 4" or above, they will have it in Schedule 40 -for a price.

I guess my next question would be: If they are using 4" sanitario from the house to the sewer, why can't we flush the toilet paper? And, -really off thread- would there be a business opportunity for containers of old telephone books sold to the campo :)

the whole system is substandard

i worked for a project that had 6`` sewer lines and the city stalled for years in accepting it into their system. Their minimum pipe size was 8 inch (keep in mind the volume flow goes up geometrically with the diameter size, so 8 inches is MUCH more than 6 inches).

The connections of the laterals are often not smooth--they cut or smash a hole in the main and cram the lateral in it and booger it up as best they can, creating obstructions and the temporary illusion that it does not leak or infiltrate. I have even seen them installing 4 inch flex tubing in the streets-- the worst of all worlds because it is both rough and can`t be laid uniformly like solid pipe.

The slope is insufficient because they do not want to spend the huge money for pumping stations. The lift stations where I last worked were 48 feet deep and cost $1,000,000 each. That`s what you need if you want to flush toilet paper.

Every dip and obstruction leads to stoppages, and toilet paper acts like paper mache to glue things together. a typical sewer stoppage, barring vandalism, is sand and small rocks and toilet paper.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

Okay, so still no flushing toilet paper

This means doggie poop bags when the North American guest show up.

Rebecca Brown