Yeah I am glad that sespite the house being so old, the drain down at the bottom of the basrment works. It probably just goes into the dirt somewhere - but it works.
I couldn't help thinking anout this thread this morning when taking a shower. What about switching to those on-demand rankless hot water units?
I was thinking about getting one but there's a lot of silica in this water, so I was concerned about that requiring too much maintenance.
Hope you come across someone who has a solution for yout dilemma.