Open Thread - Homesteading in France
We found it! Nous l'esperons (We hope).
We have been living with septic odors (odeurs de le fosse septique) for a couple of years. After the disaster of having our house declared 'inhabitable' parce que lès moissisures (mold) we found an additional source of toxique gases: back up of gas from the septic tank into the house.
When we had our driveway put in we had the digger (Pell) driver look for a drain-field. And low and behold there it was...so far down in the ground no amount of trench making would have found it.
Drainfield Pipe Found
We have added a secondary ventilation after the drain from the septic tank but before the drain field, soak-away, champs d'epuration, with a whirly gig ventilator.
The smell of Hydrogen sulfide was horrible both outside on our courtyard and inside the house especially on cold days and nights.
Why does the house smell like a Fosse Septique?
Since Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier than air, the addition of the proper secondary vent after the septic tank helped siphon off the H2S.
We definitely cut down the odors and the amount, but...
- we still felt dizzy if we walked between the office and into the kitchen. So where was the leak???
The only vent in our tile roof was over the upstairs bath/WC and it was close to the roof surface. We could feel the air move downwards as it should when we flushed or poured a large volume down the pipes.
We opened the ceiling in the RDC (Ground floor) to see the path of the toilet and tub drains from the upstairs (premier étage). We drew it out, and couldn't see any leaks.
So we did what good plumbing sleuths should do and put a hose down the vent and turned it on full. Well, now, there was the leak. Above the toilet outlet but below the roof. So all air but the entire joint was leaking. Hah. Now tomorrow we will re fit the piping for the vent then see if we have cleared the house air.
The long term plan is to install a natural plant pond for cleaning the liquids from the Fosse Septique.
Croiser les doigts.
Datura. This is an odd but interesting plant. It's very poisonous but related to the Brugmansia, Angels' Trumpet.
Here is a young volunteer.
Well all the news is about the US taking a submarine contract away from France. The outrage!
Connexion - maybe a paywall
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British retailer Marks and Spencer said Thursday it planned to shut more than half its stores in France with Brexit affecting supplies of fresh and chilled products.
Announcing the closure of 11 out of 20 franchise stores, the food-to-clothing retailer said in a statement that "the lengthy and complex export processes... following the UK's exit from the European Union are significantly constraining" supplies.
While it will shut all 11 franchise stores with partner SFH in France over the coming months, the nine franchise stores with partner Lagardere Travel Retail will remain open across airports and train stations, Marks and Spencer added.