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Mike found several projects to dig into once he borrowed the neighbor’s backhoe to find the mystery water leak.

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac, Bloggers

April 4, 2016

2 Min Read

A wet spot out behind the barn and a high water bill forced the Reskovacs to dig into the problem. Of course, nothing ever goes quite as planned. Here’s how it went.

Sheilah: “A couple months back, I told Mike he needed to look for that leak. We don’t have extra money laying around to just let water leak. It just kept getting pushed to the side.”

Mike: “Finally, one day I decided I had time and had a pretty good idea where it was. So I borrowed the neighbor’s backhoe and got to work.”


Sheilah: “On my way home from the grocery store, I stopped to see if he made any progress. Instead of digging where we thought the leak was, Mike had a huge ditch dug along the front of the old milk house where the ducks sleep at night. So I asked what exactly was he was doing.”

Mike: “The ground slopes down to the building. So when we get lots of rain, the building gets flooded. It needs a new roof and gutter. That’s the plan for this summer, anyway. So I dug out along the front to put in a drain pipe.”

“My plan was to also put in a retaining wall in front of the milk house. We had bought some Jersey barriers at an auction last fall, and I knew they’d be perfect for this. That’s why they’re there.”

Sheilah: “I’m not saying that it didn’t need to done, but why now? You’ve been putting off fixing the leak for months, and all of a sudden you want to put a drain in front of this building? How’s that going to fix the water bill?”

Mike: “I’m getting to that. I’m going to head there next.”

Sheilah: “You like using this backhoe too much. Maybe you shouldn’t be left alone with it.”

Mike: “I started digging a ditch to run my drain line from the milk house further down the hill. Along the way, I found an old broken tile line from a spring – part of the reason we had a wet spot. And yes, I found the water leak.”

Sheilah: “Oh, he found it alright. Fixing that leak created another when he broke the water line at the ‘T’.”

Mike: “I shut the water off and had to wait until the next morning to get supplies and finish.”

Sheilah: “The line’s fixed. Our leak’s gone. But that huge ditch running from the barn to the woods needs to be filled in. Getting Mike to do it may take another couple months.”

The Reskovacs farm near Uniontown, Pa.

About the Author(s)

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac


Mike and Sheilah Reskovac are a young farming couple just starting their second year of marriage and farming together, near Uniontown, Pa. He's a first-gen farmer who met his fourth-gen farmer-bride online, and married in November 2012.

Mike grew up next to and working on his neighbor's Fayette County dairy farm through high school and college. After graduating from Penn State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Ag Systems Management, he worked as a manager at Tractor Supply stores for three years.

In 2005, he began farming his neighbor's land. Today, he and Sheilah farm 900 acres of corn and soybeans, plus do custom planting and harvesting.

Mike is president of the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association. He also serves on the local Penn State Extension Board and is a Farm Service Agency county committee member.

Sheilah grew up on her family's Indiana County dairy farm. She graduated from DuBois Business College in 2008 with an associate's degree in Specialized Business and Medical Assistance, then worked for DuBois Regional Medical Center for four years. She also volunteered as a firefighter and EMT for the local fire company.

Since moving to Fayette County, Sheilah has been chief bookkeeper and farm assistant, along with taking classes at Penn State Fayette for Nursing. She enjoys “taking care of” groundhog problems, raking hay and mowing cornstalks.

While she enjoys cooking and baking, Mike enjoys eating the goods. Both enjoy hunting, attending concerts and county fairs, and spending time with family.

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