Not really sure if it goes here, but this is an outdoor issue. We just purchased a 112 year old farm house. It has both an underground cistern and an old well. Both are full of water and may be useable. I know I need to get the water tested first.
My question is on the cistern. After the recent rains we received, the cistern is full and I noticed a hole from the outside ground leaking into the cistern. I looked inside and found some of the bricks which make up the dome of the cistern are starting to slide in.
I really would like to be able to use the cistern for yard projects and such, so I would like to know how i can fix it or repair it. I am afraid to pump it dry as I do not want the thing to collapse. I do not know how deep it is as we are still in the move in stage and I haven't had a chance to investigate further.