Not an inspection, but I would highly appreciate anyone who knows what this is. My inspector was really great, but didn’t pick up on this.
My house (purchased a year ago) is in Baltimore County, MD - built in 1959. I know the house inside and out due to the amount of work I’ve put into it, but there is one thing I’ve recently discovered that I cannot figure out.
Under the steps to my basement, and in the garage, I have two holes in the slab (one plugged by coffee can). They lead to clay pipe. It looks to me like it is some sort of interior weep tile system?
I took a few photos of the insides with my phone stuck inside, and they are clearly not used for wastewater of any kind. You can also see the approx length of the pipes / tiles.
Let me also note that - the pipes appear to run in the same direction as the exterior walls ( that is to say they run parallel to exterior walls). I can tell this by the photos I took, and by sticking my hand down and feeling which way they run.
If this is in fact a weep system, where would you all think the water might go? We don’t have a sump, house is on a hill with the front of the house you can only see 1 level above grade, and you can see two above grade in back. I suppose it is possible it could connect to sanitary lines, but I tested this to the best of my ability - ran water and put my ear up to the holes in the slab I’ve shown in pictures, and I can’t hear any sort of trickling of water draining. So, I’m at a loss as to where this all goes as well.
What do you all think?? I would expect there are some old timers out there that have the answer to this one
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