Inherited a house in Macon, Georgia.
Staying there this week to fix it up.
Flooding is getting really bad in the area.
Water in my basement seems to be coming from this thing.
What is this thing? It doesn't seem to open in any way I can find, I think it's welded shut.
I've been told by a few neighbors that this could be a sealed access to the legendary "underground tunnels" of the historic downtown area.
> "They go from the old Sanatorium all the way under [historic downtown] and lead to the basements and crawl spaces under some houses."
It smells like a flooded basement that's been home to molds and rotting rodents for a century.
Everyone is booked solid for a month. The whole town is flooding.
Looks like the concrete was poured around it, and later the "hatch" welded shut.
>yo, obv. hidden entrance to atlantis, OPEN IT NOW!
He'll prolly drown 1st, you stupid fucks - can none of you comprehend his actual, current situation, or, you all suffer from incurable PandorasBox syndrome?
When the water tables sunk again a bit, by all means investigate, tho. Meantime, thats probably sealed for good reason, and, color me cynical, but that reason is probably spelt S-E-W-Etcetera.
well it's obviously been that way for awhile, another month or two won't kill you but you obviously can't do much to the house especially during this el nino horseshit
don't do it yet. Wait till the flooding subsides.
Chances are, it could be a sewer ejector pump, those are usually sealed, if it's not your access way to the old tunnels.
Either way, make sure you bring a light, or you'll likely be eaten by a grue.
I agree. Not worth it. I've sent photos to some local historians, no replies yet.
I've listed the house for sale and returned to Colorado. The Realtor tells me that it's highly unlikely to be sold anytime soon. The Macon real estate market is stone cold dead.
It's fun to entertain the fantasy of valuable historical artifacts under grandmah's old house, but odds are that the metal in the thing is worth more than whatever is under it.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions. I had hoped this was something obvious, but we may all have to live with never knowing.
If one of the historians gets back to me with an answer, I'll post it to /diy/.
Most likely a sump cover or something similar if water is coming from it, would be good to know and fix the problem, pass on the cost to the new owners.
But considering it's easy to buy a grinder and be a man, cut the fucking thing open and get down in that hooker hole.
IF it was connected to some underground tunnel... well guess what's your new number one selling feature.
Or better still, take that other guy's advice and send someone swimming after the Jew gold, they have so much.