Laundry hookup leaking

Older homes and apartments are more likely to have rubber hose hookups for washing machines.

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These are specially made to avoid clogging, and are less prone to breakage and cracking than rubber hoses. It is also important to make sure your hoses are connected properly to your machines and drainage areas, as loose or broken seals can lead to flooding and costly water damage.

The same check can be done for under sinks and even toilets if they share the same room as your laundry machines. Another simple installation to help preserve the plumbing in your laundry room is a flood sensor. While it can be important to find smaller leaks in your laundry room plumbing before they become problematic, in the case of a large flooding event, a flood sensor can save you from intense water damage.

Is it leaking from the stem right below the handle?

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Does it leak out the outlet even when turned off? Or, is it leaking where the faucet meets the house's plumbing? Where it is leaking from will tell us what needs fixing. The good news is that the first two leak locations can be easily fixed from the top where it's accessible.

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Find all posts by Pilot Dane. Thanks for the note - it is leaking from the stem I tried tightening the packing nut and it started leaking more.

I could try to replace the packing washer which would be fine but the valve its self doesn't shut off entirely. The washer inside has a crack in it and so I can't shut off the water - so the whole valve needs to be replaced I assume?

You should be able to replace the washer inside the valve. Turn off the water to the house at the main shutoff, open a faucet to relieve the pressure. The you should be able to disassemble your valve to replace the washer and stem packing. You really want to avoid replacing the valve if you can help it as that would probably require opening the wall to access the piping.

Ok - thanks wasn't sure if could disassemble the valve. Just take the handle off - remove the packing nut and I'll be able to access the broken washer inside the valve?

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Most likely those valves are soldered in place. After you shutoff the water probably for the whole house if you don't have a separate shutoff for that line you can open the valve up by unscrewing the nut that the valve stem goes through. You can find new packing material at most home improvement stores that looks like a black string like material, typically right next to all the washers.

I'd also suggest replacing the washer at the same time. And clean all the threads and apply fresh plumbers dope before screwing things back together. If the installing plumber was nice, you can also unscrew the entire faucet from the pipe.

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Then clean up the threads, put on some fresh pipe dope, and screw on a new faucet. It will cost a few bucks more, but the process is much easier and the result is also nicer. Unfortunately for me, my plumber decided to solder the threads making this task nearly impossible without opening up the wall to cut the pipes.

If you're not comfortable with soldering pipes should things go wrong, and you have to shutoff the water to the entire house, then consider having an appointment with a plumber already scheduled, that you can cancel without incurring any fees, before starting. Since you said you're tightening the hose, it sounds like the leak might just be at the hose hookup which is pretty common. If that's the case, the best thing to do is disconnect the hoses, and replace the rubber washers inside.

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It's usually not worth salvaging existing washers.. If the leak is not at the hookup but is from the handle itself, then it's something in the body, and depending on the faucet you may just be able to tighten it, replace parts inside, or have to replace the entire faucet. If this is a case, a picture would help a lot. By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service , privacy policy and cookie policy , and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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