Friday, September 16, 2011
Rumors are floating around of some disgusting problems in a new building at the high school, but those rumors seem to be exaggerations of a real issue that has already been solved.
On Monday, the new two-story building at Sunnyside High School had some sewer problems, with bathrooms backing up. That night the contractors called in experts and cleaned out the lines. When they tested the system Tuesday morning by flushing clean water throughout the pipes in the building, the problem returned, and parts of the building were flooded.
By Tuesday afternoon the problem had a temporary fix, but damage was done to the building when the flood occurred. This damage required testing, including core samples of the walls to see how much needed to be replaced. In at least two classrooms, some evidence of the testing can be seen in the form of trim pulled away from the affected walls.
The actual problem, a good case study for a physics class, involved a "belly" in the sewer line. Basically the slope of the line from the new building to its hookups was incorrect. The fix is a simple one involving dropping the depth of the other end of the line, and a temporary lift station is pumping the sewage correctly until the permanent fix is in place.