Why is My Bathroom Faucet Leaking at the Base?

Indoor plumbing leaks often start small, getting worse over time. Some leaks are easy to spot while others are more subtle and take longer to diagnose. Leaks around the base of faucets can often be mistaken for a bit of splash back and go ignored over long periods of time. A leaking faucet puts undue wear and tear on plumbing systems and will cause higher water bills. If you believe that you are struggling with leaks, don’t hesitate to call an experienced local plumber to fix the issue.

Identifying a Leak and Isolating Pain Points

The easiest way to confirm that you are dealing with a base leak is to thoroughly dry faucets from top to bottom. Once the faucet handle, base and body are dry, turn it on! If water starts to pool around the base of the faucet, check the handle for any water dripping down. If there is no visible water flow coming from the handle, you are likely dealing with a base leak.

If your faucet is leaking, the most common culprits are:

  • Faulty O-Rings: Bathroom faucets are commonly outfitted with O-Rings. The purpose of an O-Ring is waterproofing by creating tighter seals. These small pieces are made of rubber which can dry out and crack over time. If this is the case water may break through, run down the faucet and escape out of the bottom.
  • Failing Faucet Cartridges: If you are dealing with an older faucet, aging parts can lead to unexpected water loss. Faucets have internal cartridges which can wear out over time. If a cartridge is worn out it will allow water to escape in areas that it shouldn’t.

It is easy to find How-To Guides online that focus on changing an O-Ring or even how to replace faucets. There are, however, not as many guides on how to fix a DIY disaster. Whenever you are dealing with a plumbing-related issue, it is important to shut off water to avoid extensive damage.

In order to properly repair your system you have to fully understand how plumbing works and how to solve existing issues. This means knowing whether you are dealing with isolated plumbing lines or if you are dealing with a main water supply valve. Just turning off water isn’t enough to ensure that you aren’t about to get wet! Without thorough draining of lines, you will end up expelling water which can lead to damage, rot and mold.

Calling an expert means having access to years of industry knowledge and experience.

Pete & Son Plumbing: Call the Experts to Repair Your Leaking Faucet

The first step to addressing any household issue is diagnosis. Even if you’ve identified a base leak, figuring out the cause means dismantling your faucet and knowing what it is that you are looking for. Removing the faucet is one undertaking but then you have to reassemble the faucet too! Taking an amateur approach to fixing a leak can mean wasting time on trial and error as well as shelling out money for needle nose pliers, screwdrivers and more. Instead of spending your time running to hardware stores or leaving your bathroom out of commission, call Pete & Son for reliable and affordable services.

Instead of test driving multiple fixes only to end up needing to replace the faucet anyway, hiring an expert saves time and money so you can get back to using your sink. A trained eye will be able to assess the most likely issues, as well as the overall condition of your faucet body. When maintained a faucet can last for up to a decade. If your faucet is leaking, showing signs of damage and is older, an expert might suggest replacing the faucet entirely. Don’t bother trying to track water supply lines and shutoff valves only to end up with subpar results when there is a team of professional plumbers nearby, ready to answer your call.

Whether you are looking to fix a leak in your bathroom or are noticing water loss around kitchen faucets, Pete & Son Plumbing can help!

Why is My Bathroom Faucet Leaking at the Base?