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The much used and much loved TaChai Living Room conversation pit developed water leaks in the floor under the carpet recently.

The TaChai pit leaks!

We're guessing the quake of August 2011 caused cracks to develop in the concrete underlying the pit, and then the extreme rains of this summer were enough to saturate the ground under the building so water flowed into the cracks.

Our planned fixes: we're putting polyurethane caulk in the cracks, then going to put a waterproofing mortar over the concrete sidewalls; we'll wait for more rains to test the patchwork (will it rain enough=?); finally we'll put the floor back together and recarpet.