Water Witching, Divining Rods and Sewer Pipes – The Suburban Times

You can pay up to twenty-five dollars for one. You can buy them in plastic or in copper. I use a wire hanger, but most people prefer a “Y” shaped branch. I’m talking about dowsing or dowsing. These tools of the Water Witch aid in locating groundwater, gems, and burial sites . . . or so they say.

I use a wire hanger, but most people prefer a “Y” shaped branch. I’m talking about dowsing or dowsing.

Dive rods work whether you believe in them or not. I used a wire coat hanger which showed me where my sewer line was. I didn’t believe it so I hired someone to dig up my yard and find my pipes. Why did I doubt?

Edward JonesBart Dalton

In our garden we have a forest of Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant that has an extensive root system.

I thought I knew what the problem was. In our garden we have a forest of Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant that has an extensive root system. You can’t chop the roots, that will only grow more “fake” bamboo. You can’t destroy it with a machete. It occupies the banks of the Puyallup River and both sides of the Puyallup-Auburn-Kent Valley. Lakes, ponds, streams, and streams are favorite destinations for this plant, which was introduced to the Northwest as a groundcover in the late 1800s.

I filmed in the Los Angeles River train stations. . . in the middle of summer.

I left my wife with a clogged sewer line and flew to Los Angeles to produce a training video for Amtrak sleeper workers. I captured the train stations along the Los Angeles River. . . in the middle of summer. We turned off the air conditioning in the sleeper so the microphones only picked up the sound of our talent. We taped for a few minutes and then turned the AC back on and wiped away the sweat. I was staying at a nearby hotel, but one evening my daughter-in-law’s mother picked me up at the hotel and took me to the family home in Van Nuys for dinner. Brent and Nancy Kirkpatrick had sent their two daughters north to Pacific Lutheran University. When they got married and stayed north, the Kirkpatricks started packing their bags and moving north as well.

When I got back home, I was greeted by a toilet in my backyard and a mound of dirt as high as our deck. The sewer pipe was exactly on the line where the dowsing rod was marked. We ended up just eradicating the knotweed invasion and when it happened the second time we hired Pielak Plumbing to burst our pipes and run a brand new sewer line. Steve Pielak probably has the most experience of pipe bursting, pipe lining and trenchless water and sewerage on the west side of the county. Since then we haven’t had any more problems. – pielakplumbing.com

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Steve Pielak probably has the most experience of pipe bursting, pipe lining and trenchless water and sewerage on the west side of the county.

On the east side of the county, Dave Sipila, with his company Maple Valley Plumbing, is the king of drainage fields, septic tanks and sewer repairs. A younger version of Steve Pilak, he enjoys riding his dirt bike, family, and is a dedicated Rotarian. – maplevalleyplumbing.com

On the east side of the county, Dave Sipila, with his company Maple Valley Plumbing, is the king of drainage fields, septic tanks and sewer repairs.

I haven’t needed dowsing lately, but we suggested it to our neighbor up north. Although I prefer plastic hangers for clothes, I always make sure I have a wire hanger with me to save the day. I’m a traditionalist. Divination is considered pseudoscience. There is no scientific evidence that it actually works, but it worked for me. . . and you can never tell when you need groundwater or gems. . . or a lost grave.

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