Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on appliances. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product so your expert will be able to provide you the best possible answer. Just click on reply below where you can provide the additional information.
Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife.com. I am sorry you are having a problem with your washer. Without the model number it's difficult to give exact information. Generally speaking what you have described is a faulty watervalve. The watervalve should hold back all the water pressure until you start the washer. If water seeps past the valve with the washer not in use then the valve will need to be replaced.
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