What the dickens is this capped pipe for?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by zimmee66, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. zimmee66

    zimmee66 New Member

    Des Moines, Iowa
  2. its very old

    you house must be pretty old about 1870?? or so

    Somewhere out in your back yard their is probably an
    old brick lined 2000gallon systern probably capped off and buried and
    now full of debris.

    Look for an old round steel lid ...looks like a man-hole cover
    they used to take the rianwater from the gutters and use it as
    a back up system for the house water supply... and for laundry
    uses in the basement---it was rain water soft----

    look down in the basement and you will most likely find some old pipies
    that are cut off at the back wall.
    or perhaps you still have an old
    hand pump sitting in an old concrete laundry tub down in the basement

    that is probably what its all about

    how they pumped it up to the second floor is anybodies guess.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2006
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    I have seen where years ago some of the faucet spouts came out from that point. That is my guess.
  4. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    That is a fixture from one of the classier homes of the day.

    I've seen spigots in that location where the china china handle or push botton said "ICE WATER".... and it came from a refrigeration unit ......
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It was a third water faucet, whether it was cold water, drinking water, or something else, depended on which system it was connected to.
  6. zimmee66

    zimmee66 New Member

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Cool! Mystery solved...

    Cistern it is, thanks for the insight--I knew folks here would know!
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