03:30AM | 08/30/00
Member Since: 08/29/00
4 lifetime posts
We have an old cistern that is up against a wall in our basement. We need to get
this cistern filled in before our child starts walking, as their is an hole to the
cistern right against the house (covered only by a a wood cover). We are
concerned that if we fill it in with sand or rocks, that it will affect the wall that it
shares with the house. How shooudl we approach this problem and who would
we call to walk us through it?

Thanks for your advice!


08:03PM | 08/31/00
Member Since: 02/16/00
45 lifetime posts
First you need to punch holes and/or break up the bottom so water will drain out. I would go ahead and fill it up with sand or whatever. Shouldn't be any different strain on the wall than the weight of water or just like dirt on the outside of the wall around the rest of the house. Fill the last 3 foot with dirt. I just filled one this summer. Spend half a day pumping it out. Then dropped an iron bar from the top at 16' a number of times to punch holes in the cement bottom. Then broke up the holes further with the bar by hand at the bottom. Your local health department/sanitation department may have some information. Just about like plugging and capping a well.
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