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Most homeowners aren’t aware of what their faucet flow rate is. Of course, it’s not one of the more important things to know about your home, and neither is it that much fun to talk about, but it could have an effect on how much water you use.
The recommended flow rate is about 1 gallon per minute. That means that you should be able to fill up 4 cups in 15 seconds. If you find that your faucets have a significantly higher or lower flow rate than that, what could be the cause?
One thing to check is whether or not you have aerators installed on your faucets. You might notice this from the way the water comes out all bubbly. These will save you a lot of water by mixing in air but keeping the pressure the same. If this is not the case, your flow might be affected by a pressure regulator. These are usually installed to get the right pressure in a home, but if they fail or are set improperly you might be dealing with a flow rate that is unusually high or low. High pressure can damage your pipes over time, so if this is the case, you should adjust the pressure regulator until it is set correctly.

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