Outer Banks Leaking Pipes - Platinum Plumbing
REPAIRING A LEAKY WASHER-TYPE FAUCET
Washer-type faucets work with a rubber or composition
washer that closes onto a metal washer seat. The
washer can become hardened, worn or the seat wears, causing
the faucet to leak. You can close the faucet tighter to
stop the leaking temporarily, but this increases the
internal damage to the faucet.
To repair the leak, first turn off the water. If there's a shutoff valve beneath the fixture, turn off the water at that point. Otherwise, turn it off at the main house shutoff valve in the basement, utility room, or crawlspace. Turn off the hot water supply at the water heater.