You may have noticed your kitchen faucet leaking from the base of the spout. While annoying, this is nothing to panic about. Most times, it’s just a small amount of water leaking out, but it can be annoying, and should be fixed. The good news is, it’s a pretty simple fix. . But first, we need to explain why the water is leaking in the first place.
Why Is the Faucet Leaking From the Base?
There are two main reasons, and the way you know which problem you have is whether the faucet only leaks when it’s running, or the leak is continuous.
- Temporary leak: When water leaks only when the faucet is running, it means dirt or debris have collected on the o-rings/seals which prevents a watertight seal. The O-ring(s) are in the body of the faucet, near the base.
- Constant leak: If the water continues to leak even when the faucet is turned off, it means dirt and debris have collected in the valve/cartridge which prevents the valve from shutting off the flow of water. The valve/cartridge is located under the handle. In some faucets, the check valve/spacer may have also worn out. The check valve is located under the valve in the faucet body.
With the hard water many of us have in Mohave County, particles can easily work their way into the your home’s plumbing system. This dirt and debris can then cause issues for your faucets. If you’re not comfortable with looking up your faucet brand, picking up some parts at the hardware store, taking apart your faucet, replacing parts, and putting your faucet back together, you may want to call a local plumber.
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If you are comfortable with a do-it-yourself job, keep reading.
Repairing a Faucet Leaking from the Base
You may want to Google your particular faucet, if you know the brand. What we’re about to tell you are basic tips for repairing a faucet leaking from the base, but each brand may have its own specific tips, and can give you exact part numbers or faucet model numbers. Most reputable brands like Moen, Kohler, and Delta will also have diagrams on their websites showing you what the parts are called, and the order in which they are removed/reassembled.
Since most kitchen faucets these days are single-handle faucets, that’s what we’ll talk about here.
Tools You Will Need to Repair a Faucet Leaking from the Base
You’ll need some basic tools for this repair, including:
- Allen wrench
- Large slip-joint pliers
First, turn off the water supply to the faucet. This will be in the cabinet under the sink. Turn the knobs for both hot and cold water supply all the way off by turning clockwise. Next, open the faucet in the center position to make sure the water is off. Some water may drain out. Then, cover the sink drain holes with a strainer, garbage disposal plug, or even a rag to make sure no small parts go down the drain.
Take the Faucet Apart
Now you’re ready to start taking the faucet apart. Pay close attention to the order in which you remove parts, and how everything fits together. You’re going to have to put everything back together exactly the same for everything to work right. It can be helpful to take a video of each step to help you with reassembly. As you remove parts, lay them out in the order in which they were removed. When all of the faucet parts are out, examine each one for dirt or grime, as well as tears or cracks. You’ll need to replace anything that is obviously damaged with new parts. You can sometimes clean mineral deposits with vinegar.
Take the parts you need to replace with you to the big box store or hardware store, and go to the plumbing aisle. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. If you know your faucet brand, that will help you find the correct replacement part(s).
Reassemble the Faucet with the New Parts
Whether you’re replacing the O-ring seals, installing a new cartridge, or replacing some other part, now is when you’ll be glad you laid out the parts in order, and/or took a video while you did it. You will reassemble the faucet piece by piece, in the opposite order of how you took the faucet apart.
Once the faucet is reassembled and everything is tightened, turn the water supply back on. You should now have running water with no leaks. If the leak continues, or if you now have water spraying all over the place, turn the water off and either start from the beginning, or call a plumber for assistance.
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