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While it is normal to have a little water splash here and there when using the kitchen or bathroom sink, when the splashing is excessive, it can be a true nuisance. A simple washing of the hands or a quick rinse of the dishes can turn into a flood of water. Not only does this leave homeowners potentially soaking wet, but it can cause a serious safety hazard when water hits the floor.
For those dealing with a faucet splashing everywhere, it's essential first to understand the reason for the splashing. From here, homeowners can take the right action to mitigate the issue. This guide will walk through the common reasons for a splashing faucet, how to solve these issues, and the best pairings of faucets and sinks to prevent splashing. The result is that water stays in the sink, and homeowners stay dry.
There are numerous reasons why a faucet might be splashing more than usual. This can take place in either the bathroom or the kitchen. The following are a few of the common culprits of a splashing faucet:
To match the right faucet to an existing sink and to prevent splashing, the key is to take careful measurements of the sink and the space around the sink. To take measurements, grab a tape measure and a notepad to record each of the following.
The first thing to measure is the overall height available for a faucet. Measure from the center mounting hole or center of the mounting deck upwards to any windows or cabinets above the sink basin. This will provide the maximum height that a new faucet can be to fit comfortably underneath any adjacent objects.
One of the most important measurements with splashing is the distance between the bottom of the sink basin to the spout. For bathrooms, the goal is to ensure enough room to comfortably wash one's hands in the sink but not too many extra inches between the spout and the basin. In the kitchen, more space will be needed to allow for washing dishes and filling pots and pans.
Additionally, the right spout height will depend on the sink style. A short spout for a small, narrow, shallow sink basin will be ideal. For a wide and deep sink basin, a taller spout will work well as there is more space for water displacement as it hits the bottom of the sink.
Another way to prevent unintended splashing is to ensure that the spout reaches the center of the sink. Measure from the center mounting hole forward to the dead center of the sink. This will ensure that the faucet installed is not set too far back or too far forward, which can cause splashing and make it difficult to use the sink.
Whether a homeowner is upgrading the sink and the faucet simultaneously or hoping to mitigate a splashing issue with a bett