AIR IN OUTSIDE PIPE/TAP


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Our outside pipe burst in cold weather. We were away, a neighbour called a plumber who turned the water off. It has now been repaired/replaced. There is no leak BUT only a trickle of water now comes from the tap. We need this outside tap for watering garden, we are elderly. We hear a hissing sound when we turn the tap on along with the dribble. We have tried running it for ages, running all taps etc. The tap and water supply comes from the cold water in the kitchen and is situated directly through the same wall to the outside. Any suggestions, before we call a plumber again.
 
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Check to see if the plumber installed an inside shut off valve to prevent future freezing. The theory behind these valves is that you can shut them off during the winter and drain the outside pipe so there is no water to freeze.
 
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Thank you and yes we have a shut off valve inside the kitchen, under the sink, but we were called away for family and we totally forgot, that's why outside pipe burst. I need to know how to get the air out and get the water flowing as it once did, cheers.
 
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The air should bleed off on it's own. Try operating the shut-off a few times. If it's fed by old galvanized pipe, tap it with a hammer, seen those clog when disturbed, big pile of crud blocks the opening. next call a plumber, possible the previous repair was tofued.
 
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