The old sewage pipes have been a worry since we found out their condition recently. Fixing it seemed like a pipe dream. Today that dream came true, the plumber arrived and did a great job! The old cast iron pipes are out and modern plastic ones are in. A last goodbye to the old rusted pipes:
The new plastic pipes have been installed, quite some difference compared to before:
A second pipe goes under the wall next to the fireplace. It continues under the chimney behind the wall and into a washing room. A pipe from the kitchen also connects there. The big problem with the pipe under the chimney was that it was rusted and totally filled with old muck. With a lot of effort and high water pressure, enough of it was cleaned to allow a slightly smaller plastic pipe to run inside it. We were saved!
Here is a detail of that connection. The top one had to be cut a bit more after the image was taken as it was cracked. Luckily, the material further in was fine.
In the other end the pipes meet and go though the outside wall.
Tomorrow the new pipes will be covered by concrete, to prepare for pouring the new concrete floor on top. A person from the company who will pour the floor showed up today so it seems to come together quite nicely now.