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09:00AM | 09/06/06
Member Since: 09/05/06
1 lifetime posts
Hi all:

We recently had a problem at our martial arts school. The buidling owners shut off the water for two days looking for a leak. During that time, one of our students turned the sink knob on and left it on. The drain was open, but the water cut back on when no one was around and the school flooded.

My question is given that it wasn't clogged or stopped up, shouldn't the drain have been able to handle the water coming out, even if the spigots were all the way open?

Also, can someone direct me to a link that has a full explaination of the physics behind it--i.e. a rate of water flow for most sinks and the drain rate capacity?


Neil Melancon


08:24PM | 09/07/06
Member Since: 09/06/06
4 lifetime posts

Why were you & your students occupying a commercial space when there was no working source of potable water and no usable sanitary facilities? Is this not a violation of your state's Health Code and also your local Plumbing Code? If so, I would venture to opine that you as the legal tenant is 100% liable for any and all property damage incurred due to the negligence of your client while you were illegally occupying your lease space. As to your request for further information I would recommend reading the IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code, ASPE DataBook, The Fluid Mechanics & Dynamics Problem Solver by REA, and also obtain a copy of the Cameron Hydraulic Data book published by Ingersoll Rand.

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