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Outdoor spigot takes long time to flow when turned on

Brian Bond | Posted in General Questions on

Have four outdoor spigots – two back and two in front. It takes up to 30 minutes for the water to flow when turned on. No problem with indoor faucets. Sprinklers come on immediately. I do not use the outdoor ones frequently if that matters. House less than two years old. Ideas?

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Q. "Ideas?"

    A. Call a plumber.

    If you are handy, disassemble the sillcock and look for a deteriorated washer or any kind of sediment clogging the sillcock.

    Trace the line in the basement (assuming you have a basement). Check all the valves on the relevant plumbing lines; close them fully, and then open them fully. If you have any boiler drains in the lines, open the boiler drains to flush out any sediment.

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