Types of Faucet Washers

When repairing a faucet, you should know what types of washers are utilized to ensure that the faucet functions properly.

Bibb Washer

Selecting the wrong washer type may result in water leakage, which can then lead to corrosion of the faucet.

A bibb washer is generally made of neoprene and comes in three different styles. These styles include flat, beveled and swivel-head. Both the flat and beveled styles are held to the stem of the faucet by either a brass or monel machine screw. A swivel-head bibb washer is held to the stem of the faucet by prongs in place of screws.

Bonnet Washer

A bonnet washer is made of cloth-inserted rubber. Bonnet washers are typically flat washers and are used to stop any leakage that may occur between the faucet bonnet and body of the faucet.

Rubber Gasket Washer

Rubber gasket washers are commonly employed in faucets to prevent leakage by stopping the water flow in a particular direction. A rubber gasket can either be flat or partly beveled on one of the sides of the washer. Both serve the same function of sealing up the barrel in the valve's faucet.

About the Author

Daniel Novitski started his professional writing career in 2007. He is a former technical writer for Lenel Systems, and is now a contributing editor for the World Hair Loss Organization. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Bachelor of Arts in professional technical communications.