Posted: 29/01/2015 at 14:40
The good kicking might indeed work and will certainly cheer me up !!
I'll take Edd's advice too, and in the next few days, weather permitting, I'll unscrew the tap (I hadn't realised I could simply do this - not very technical/practical. you see!). But, heeding the warning in capitals, I'll try to get most of the water out with a jug first!
I'll report back once I've had a go (and a kick).
Wish me luck, and thank you all.
PS. Just noticed Runnybeak's reply. No rice in the vicinity, glad to say, but our guttering above collects copious amounts of pine needles - I wonder if they could collect at the bottom and block things up?
Anyway, the above 'screw that tap' and 'kick-and-tell' procedures should solve it one way or another