How to check your flow rate at home

How to check your flow rate at home

This is a really simple test you can try in your kitchen (or bathroom) right now. It’s called The Bucket Test. You need a bucket (the average house hold bucket holds roughly 10 litres, so we’ll work off that for this example), and a stopwatch or your kitchen timer.

1. Take the bucket and your stopwatch to your kitchen sink, or outside tap

2. Place the bucket under the tap.

3. Open the tap to the max, start the stop watch, and let the water pour into the bucket.

4. When the bucket’s full – stop the timer.

Test your mains water flow rate with this simple test

Now read your times. Did it take you roughly 30 seconds to fill? Good. Your flow rate is good. (This means that over a minute you have 20 litres flowing through your cold water mains, which is pretty good).

But just to be sure, you can try a “stress test“, too:

Do everything as above, but this time, open a second tap somewhere in the house and let it run while you’re measuring.

Still taking you about 30 seconds to fill? Excellent. You have nothing to worry about.

If, on the other hand, your times are much lower (1 minute and up)… or you’re still waiting for your bucket to fill 😉 … then probably best to give us a ring and we can try and help check a few other things or we could come out and have a look at everything and give you our recommendations to put it all right.

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