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Bathroom Faucet Drain: Immediately Leaking Water

This article will help you to troubleshoot and determine the solution for a Bathroom faucet drain to leak water.


Basic Illustration: Part numbers will vary by model.



When I pull up on my lift rod, the water is immediately draining from the sink bowl.


New installation: Most commonly this requires an adjustment to the Lift Rod. Adjust the lift rod by loosening the thumb screw and adjusting the lift rod strap Waste Strap higher on the Lift Rod. Tighten the thumb screw. Review original product instruction sheet or Bathroom Faucet Drains for videos.

Existing installation: Most commonly this happens when a part has disconnected or is broken. Review the photo above.

  • Waste Plug (#1)-The waste plug is designed with an O-ring on the underside to hold the water in place. If the O-ring on the plug has deteriorated, it will prevent the Waste Plug from properly stopping the water from going down the drain. If the O-ring has deteriorated, replace the Waste Plug.
  • Lift Rod (#2)-The Lift Rod attaches to the drain assembly underneath the sink. Review the image above to confirm the parts are tight and intact. 
  • Pivot Rod (#3)-The pivot rod connects to the Waste Plug inside the drain assembly. The tip of the Pivot Rod may have corroded not allowing the Waste Plug to open or close properly.  See image above.

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