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Checking GPM Flow  XML
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Mike Casey

Joined: 06/28/2014 07:21 PM EDT
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Location: San Diego CA

I know this is beyond SoP. Curious if anyone checks flow with an instrument? I do at the front and the rear, just to have a baseline and reference photo. Of course I also operate multiple fixtures at all bathrooms and check flow visually. This gauge set is available at irrigation suppliers.
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Dan Howard
I'm on a yacht.

Joined: 08/10/2017 02:38 PM EDT
Messages: 55
Location: New Kensington PA

This is a great idea to do. If there is low flow or pressure at a home, the future residents will be irritated every time they turn on a spigot

If you don't tell them about it, it is "the inspectors fault". If you do tell them about it, "its the sellers fault".

Yep, out of SOP, right in
the middle of buyers irritation zones. I'm with you Mike ! Do it, SOP or not, especially when you notice pressure/flow issues

I have always had fun with the question for buyers......Where's the water pressure higher? 200 feet from the water tower, or 2 mies away at the the homes along the river?
Answer: Down in the low area near the river. Water pressure is made by the difference in height from the water in the tank to the open spigot
The diference is 1/2 PSI per foot of difference

The water pressure in a 2nd floor bathroom, 16' higher than the basement laundry tray woud be 8 PSI less

That can get some buyers scratching theiir heads.......

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Master CMI

Joined: 02/13/2018 01:51 PM EST
Messages: 6
Location: Lorain, Ohio

I always check water pressure from the outside if water is on.

Mike Castro CMI®
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