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Old 05-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Low water pressure in one outside faucet. I have 4 outside faucets. The static pressure on 3 of them is 70 pounds. On the last one it is 50 pounds. I have taken the faucet off and run water through the pipe, pressure still 50 psi. The flow is low on this faucet as one would expect. My outside faucets are connected to the supply before it enters the water softener and the rest of the inside plumbing. I have not made any recent changes to the plumbing inside or outside. What I don't understand is how the static pressure in a closed system can be different at two different points. It should be physically impossible.



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Old 06-01-2011, 07:05 AM   #2
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My only guess is that the faucet has a leak. Frost free hose bibbs can freeze during the winter (especially if a hose was left attached to them all winter). But because of their design, you wouldn't know that it froze until you go to turn it on in spring. Usually, it is obvious that there is a rupture in the shaft of the hose bibb because it leaks water like crazy when you turn it on. But perhaps yours is set up in such a way that masks the leak. Does the hose bibb go through the exterior wall into the crawl space? If so, check the crawl space to see if there is a big puddle of water there. If there is, then you'll need to get that hose bibb replaced.



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Your water bill should reflect a leak. Do you have galvanized pipe?

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Your water bill should reflect a leak. Do you have galvanized pipe?
Actually, if there is a leak in the shaft of the frost free hose bibb, it would only leak when the faucet is turned on. It is unlikely you would notice this on the water bill.
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I just deduced that when 1yioi87 "pulled the faucet off" that it didn't sound like a frost free hose bib. I guess if he/she has FFHB's that's a possibility



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