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    Please help.. Question about pressure to outside

    The situation.....
    Had two outside hoses running to add water to the swimming pool. Electricity goes out (tree fell on a nearby powerline and cut out power to the whole neighborhood). I forgot the hoses were running and eventually stopped. When the power came back on the well pump kicked on, built pressure, and then water is barely trickling out of the two hoses. Water pressure throughout the rest of the house is perfect. Even water pressure to the two other outside hoses are fine. The only problem is the two hoses that were running when power went out and were not turned off. I am stumped. Please advise. Thanks.

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    You have good volume and pressure in the house and to the other outside hose bibs, but not the two filling the pool? Disconnect the hoses from the bibs and see what you get. You don't have a well or pump problem. Could be the hoses just have a lot of air in them.

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    I disconnected the garden hoses previously and no luck. With them disconnected, I open the spigot and still get barely any water. Actually, one of them sounds like its gurgling air when first opened.

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    You could (I can't imagine why but) have a filter in front of these two hose bibbs and while filling the pool, it could have gotten plugged up.

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    This is the most bizzare thing ever. No filters.

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    Can you describe how the plumbing feeds these two hose bibbs as oppossed to the others?

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    My house is a single story brick ranch. The water line come off the pressure tank and runs along the back side of the house lengthwise. (Inside the house throughout the basement ceiling) There are "t" fittings to split off the "main" line to feed water to hose bobbs, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. The first hose bibb is the first split. The second hose bibb is the second to last at the opposite end of the house than the first hose bibb. I say its the second to last split, but the funny thing to me is the last split feeds a third hose bibb that goes to the front of the house. That third hose bibb works perfectly. Like water flows right past the second to last (which is one of the problem hose bibbs with no pressure) to the very last split in the house that feeds the third hose bibb with plenty of pressure.

    Do you think I could have a clog in the problem bibbs? Maybe when the power came back on it shot sediment to these two open bibbs and caused a clog.

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    I think you are right on clogged hose bibbs. That is the only thing that makes sense. Apparently your water has mineral, like hardness, iron etc.

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    very high iron. Everything it touches turns a rust color

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    That probably explains it. I once installed and Iron Filter for a customer. They were having their Pool re-marcited. I told them that when they went to fill it; to be sure to bypass the Iron Filter as it couldn't handle 30,000 gallons of water without backwashing many times. Well, they forgot and in about 2.5 hours the hose stopped running and the Filter was full of iron. It took many backwashes and lots of Iron Out to get it back to working order.

    Please let us know what you find, we are sitting on pins and needles.

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