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Water finds its own level

September 16, 2013

When the Red Run Drain is full of water nearly touching the bottom of bridges like Ryan Road north of Chicago Road
– think of all the connecting storm drains – around Warren,MI.

Subconsciously, we all know a massive full swimming pool surface is flat, even with the uneven deep diving areas, shallows, etc.
but we tend to forget the same thing happens underground, and unseen to human eyes.

Architectural Water Level

Architectural Water Level

Regardless of how many bends, twists, etc. it will always attempt to find a “common” elevation

Green Water Level Various Pipes

Green Water Level Various Pipes

Even over long, long distances, the water will
“seek” a common elevation

Water seeks its own level

Water seeks its own level

Equal Water Pressure Everywhere

Equal Water Pressure Everywhere

The pressure at a certain depth in the liquid is the same at all points at that depth.
Pressure at A = Pressure at B = Pressure at C = Pressure at D = Pressure at E
Notice that it is only the depth of the liquid that matters;
not the angle of the tube, the cross sectional area of the liquid column,
or the area of the liquid surface.

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

High Water Red Run Drain Ryan Road

Infiltration Underground Pipes

Infiltration Underground Pipes

Red Run normal flow

Red Run normal flow

Red Run high water Ryan Road

Red Run high water Ryan Road

Red Run Water Levels

Red Run Water Levels

EVERYTHING has an upper limit

before it backs up

Kuhn RTF Interceptor Drains

Kuhn RTF Interceptor Drains

Kuhn RTF Red Run Drain

Kuhn RTF Red Run Drain

Typical Sewer system

Typical Sewer system

Horizontal House Drain piping

Horizontal House Drain Piping

Typical house piping layout

Typical house piping layout

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