Why is My Kitchen Faucet Leaking at the Base?
The first step is to check the O-rings around the faucet base. If you notice a few drips, you may have a leak. If you can't see any water, remove the spout and wipe it dry. If you can, look for mineral deposits or debris around the O-rings. If you find these, you need to replace the O-rings. If you can't fix the leak, try to replace the O-rings yourself.
Replace the O-rings
If the O-rings are not the issue, there could be other reasons for the leak. Most commonly, the O-rings are faulty, but they're also prone to wear and tear. Regardless of the cause, you should replace the O-rings if possible. Otherwise, you may have to purchase a new faucet altogether. Once you have fixed the O-rings, it's time to check the rest of the faucet.
Follow manufacturer's instructions
If the problem persists, you should look for worn-out parts inside the faucet body and in the seals around the body. If the problem continues, you may need to replace the faucet. Always follow manufacturer's instructions carefully, especially for a new faucet. Turn off the water at shutoff valves first and turn the nivito handle back to "off" to release the water from the line. Close the drain and place a towel in the sink to protect the floor and the walls.
Another reason for a leaking faucet is a damaged valve seat. The valve seat is the connecting piece of the compression mechanism. In older models, the valve seat was made of brass and could be repaired. Today, the valve seats are made of plastic and cannot be resurfaced. If the O-ring is corroded, you need to replace it. A leaking faucet will need to be replaced immediately.
Remove the faucet handle
The first step is to remove the faucet handle. If the handle is not attached to the faucet, it's possible that the leaking faucet has a weak seal. You can replace the faulty O-ring by removing the decorative cap on the faucet. The screw in the handle will keep the handle from coming off and causing the leak. When you have the O-rings removed, you should install the handle. You can then replace the plastic decorative cover.
The most common cause of a leaky faucet is a loose valve. A loose valve will lead to a leak in the faucet. The leak can be caused by two things. A loose handle means a damaged valve. The leak is a sign that the seal has a broken connection. If the leak is coming from the handle, it means the water supply line is too tight. Make sure the valve is not too tight.