What do you do if the valve where the washing machine hose is located is leaking? Will one need a plumber or can this be repaired by the homeowner? Many times simple repairs can be done quickly and with just some of the most basic tools.
If there is a valve leaking behind the washer and it is coming from the retaining nut the first thing to do is tighten the nut. This can be done with a simple pair of pliers. The nut will be located right under the water shut off handle. Put the pliers on the nut and turn it clockwise until it is tight this should stop the water. If the valve continues to leak then the nut may have to be re-packed.
This is a simple process and can be done in a few short steps:
Tools Needed: Pliers or crescent wrench, Teflon coated packing and a little patience.
Step 1: Purchase some Teflon packing at your local hardware store. This is not expensive and any hardware store should carry it. The packing looks like string with wax on it and is simple to apply.
Step 2: If you are a first timer in putting packing into a retaining nut then follow this quick rule turn off the main water supply. Water may spray out of the top and kind of scare some one who is not used to it when the supply is not turned off. If you are an old pro then turn the valve all the way to the closed position and then loosen the retaining nut.
Step 3: Remove any old packing that may be left under the nut. Cut off of the roll of packing about four inches and apply it to the valve after the retaining nut is loose. Do this by wrapping it around the valve underneath the retaining nut.
Step 4: Retighten the retaining nut by turning it clockwise. This should be done first with the fingers as to get it started this will help prevent cross threading the nut. After the nut is started then take the pliers and turn it until it is tight.
Step 5: Turn the water back on if it was turned off and then check the valve. If the valve was turned all the way off open it up and turn the washer on to flush it out. The valve will not leak anymore probably at least until it is disturbed again.
Do-It-Yourself projects save money and time. They build self confidence and give us that job well done feeling.