faucet flow rates

compumomJuly 31, 2013

I'm looking for a pulldown faucet to replace an older Kohler. I'm intrigued by the SENSATE faucet, but not excited by California's 1.8 mandated flow rate. Many faucets are still available in 2.2. The salesman says the lower flow is compensated by aerating the stream.

Is this true? What's your experience?
Thanks in advance!

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calumin

Are you doing a remodel? The CalGREEN code for 1.8 gpm only applies to newly-constructed buildings. I think everyone else is subject to the 2010 California Plumbing Code 402.1.2 which specifies 2.2 gpm.

Your local code may be more strict though.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 6:00PM
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compumom

No, not new construction. I'm in L.A., but I thought that the Sensate was only available in the 1.8.

The salesman at Fergusson told me that that's what they were selling. I guess I could buy one from out of state online.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 12:30AM
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calumin

The standard model works at 1.8 gpm flow rate. There is an optional accessory you can buy which increases the flow rate to 2.2 gpm.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 1:05AM
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compumom

Aha! Thank you, I saw it listed, but it appeared grayed out. I assumed that meant that it was unavailable for that faucet. Where did you see the option? Was it from a vendor?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 2:40AM
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calumin

I saw it on the Kohler spec sheet. You might want to call Kohler directly to order the high flow kit & make sure it is compatible.

Kohler Spec Sheet

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 3:12AM
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