I am in a new construction home I bought last summer. Last year, if I turned on the garden hose in the front or back of my house the water would start coming out relatively quickly.

This year, when I turn on the hose it takes over a minute each time before any water flows out. I didn't changed anything with any of the internal switches for the winter. I understand with frost free bib the actual vale opening is a big inside the house, but this still seems like too long. It never starts with a trickle, when it finally comes, it comes full blast.

My initial thought was that water pressure should always be pushing and the pipe should be full of water and ready to go. I am not seeing any obvious leaks anywhere. Even with finished basement, I assume i'd see some damage in the ceilings under where the pipes run. The water comes in from the city and then splits to interior and two separate lines for each exterior (front and back). Water to the rest of the house is flowing normally.

Is this normal, is there anyway to troubleshoot? Even if I get it going one day, if i turn it off and come back the next day its the same issue.

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    I'm going to suspect something sticking with the valve seal - so you open it, but it doesn't really open until water pressure finally pops the sticky seal open. Only thing I can see matching the symptoms. – Ecnerwal Jun 10 at 16:18
  • @Ecnerwal how would I go about testing that? if its something natural I would imagine eventually the water would push it away (?) – HelpEric Jun 10 at 17:29
  • Could you be more exact in describing last year's "relatively quickly"? – DJohnM Jun 10 at 18:00
  • @DJohnM - I would turn on the faucet slowly and it had no noticeable delay - it would come out faster as I opened/turned more. – HelpEric Jun 10 at 18:02
  • Just to be clear, does this happen at the tap outlets or is a length of garden hose involved as well? – DJohnM Jun 10 at 18:02

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