How do I stop my two handle kitchen faucet from leaking at the base?

Last Updated: June, 2022 | By JULIAN GILL

If your water is constantly leaking from the faucet, it may be due to a worn-out O-Ring. Replacing your O-Rings is a simple and easy fix, which can be done by yourself in just a few minutes. So why are O-Rings so important? By regulating the water flow through the faucet, O-Rings help to stop water leakage and keep your kitchen looking clean and tidy. If you’re experiencing water leakage around the base of your faucet, give our guide a read to learn how to replace your O-Rings easily and cheaply.

TIP: O-rings should be replaced every ten years to keep your faucet in tip-top shape.

How to Fix a Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet Leaking from the Base?

You’ll need the following items to get started:

  • Crescent wrench or strap
  • Wrench,
  • Small cloth rag,
  • Flathead screwdriver or needle-nose pliers
  • And silicone grease.

Step-1: Turn off the water supplies

Turn off the two-handle kitchen faucet’s hot and cold water supplies underneath the kitchen sink.

Step-2: Loosen the nut from the base

Using a Crescent wrench, loosen the coupling nut from the spout’s base.

Loosing the nut using crescent wrench
Loosing the nut using Crescent wrench
TIP: To protect the finish from being scratched, use a rag to cover the Crescent wrench or a strap wrench to turn the nut counterclockwise.

Step-3: Find the old O-rings

You’ll need to twist the spout back and forth before gently pulling it up and off the base.

Now, it should be simple to see and find the O-rings. There are at least one or two O-rings, but there could be even three or four.

twist the spout back and forth and find the O-rings
twist the spout back and forth and find the O-rings
NOTE: The faucet handle will need to be removed if the faucet is a single lever type.

Step-4: Remove the O-rings

Now, remove each of the O-rings one by one using a flathead screwdriver or needle-nose pliers.

Remove each of the O-rings one by one using a flathead screwdriver
Remove each of the O-rings one by one using a flathead screwdriver

Step-5: Install new O-rings

Now you should install the new O-rings in the correct position.

Apply silicone grease to the faucet spout base, where the new O-rings will be reinstalled.

Make sure the O-rings are not bent before fitting them into their grouped slots on the faucet body.

Apply silicone grease to the faucet spout base, where the O-rings will be reinstalled
Apply silicone grease to the faucet spout base, where the O-rings will be reinstalled

Step-6: Apply silicone grease

Once the new O-rings are installed on the spout base, apply silicone grease to them.

Installation the new O-rings and applying the grease ORG
Installation the new O-rings and applying the grease ORG

Step-7: reinstall the spout handle and Screws

In this stage, you can reinstall the spout handle and screws along with the plastic decorative covers in the reverse order in which you remove them.

Reinstall the spout handle and plastic decorative covers
Reinstall the spout handle and plastic decorative covers

Step-8: Turn on the Water Supplies

Finally, turn the water supply back on. And check well if there are any leaks at the faucet base.

NOTE: You will need to replace the faucet cartridge if the faucet is constantly leaking even when it is turned off. 

The faucet cartridge is the part that controls the flow of water. If the cartridge gets damaged, then the flow of water will not be controlled properly. So, you will need to replace the cartridge.

How to Fix The Two Handle Kitchen Faucet From Leaking At The Base [Video]

Conclusion

The leaking issue at the base of your two-handle kitchen faucet is still there? The leak was caused by a small microfracture in the stem near the base.

Therefore, changing all of the O-rings will not be sufficient. A new kitchen faucet should be installed to resolve this.

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Julian Gill is a mechanical engineer and Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) and worked as a plumbing engineer for ten years. Besides this, he is interested in home improvement and currently works as a writer. @JulianGillPro

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