How to Stop water from pooling and splashing on the bathroom counter and around the sink

You can’t help but notice a small puddle of water on the counter when you walk into the bathroom. This can be annoying as it can drip on your floor or create stains on your counter. Having to clean this up every day is a major hassle.

So what is this pooling water and how did it end up on your bathroom counter? 

Plumbers often get this question and it can take some troubleshooting to get it fixed.

There are several potential explanations for why water might appear to have been collected on your counter. These include condensation from hot steamy showers, high water pressure, and a clogged sink or a shallow sink. 

 Read on for details about why this happened, what you can do about it, and how you can stop it from happening again in the future…

Water pooling on bathroom counter: causes

There are many possible causes of water pooling on your bathroom counter. Here are a few of the most common ones: 

-Hot steamy showers can release significant amounts of water into the air. If this moisture cannot evaporate quickly enough, it may collect on the bathroom surfaces. 

-A slow-draining sink can pool up water in the sink. If this happens, the water that is flowing out of the faucet can splash around.

-The water pressure can be too high. This can splash water all over the sink.

-The sink can be too shallow. You can install a new sink if needed.

-The sink might be installed improperly.

-There can be a small water leak around your faucet. Over time small water droplets can build up and start to create a pool of water. It is possible that a fitting is starting to break or that there is a hole in the water pipe.

-Your faucet might be too short for the sink.

All of these factors can lead to water splashing on the sink counter. Let’s see how we can fix this in the following section of this article. 

Water pooling on the bathroom counter or around the sink: solutions

Here are a few ways to deal with water pooling on the counter. Most of these are quite easy to fix by yourself if you have the right tools.

-You can install another faucet if the water pressure is too high. There are also attachments for faucets so that you don’t have to replace yours (see the video below).

-If steam or humidity is the culprit, try running the fan in the room. Or open a window if the weather is humid. You can also lower the temperature of the shower. This is an easy fix.

– You can unclog the sink if needed. This can often be done with a plunger. Simply place the plunger over the drain and fill the sink with water. Now you can give it a few pushes to remove the clog. You can also clean the drain with a brush. If a bigger clog is present, you can use an auger.

-You can install a wider drain to make sure that the water drains faster. If multiple drains come together, it might be needed to widen the drain further down the installation. The drains also have to be installed at the right angle to make sure that water flows down fast enough.

-It is also possible to only open the handle of the faucet a little. This way less water flows out of it. It can take some practice to get this right. Reducing the water pressure in your home is also possible to adjust some valves.

-You can install another sink. Some sinks have a system that makes sure that the water that is on the counter flows back into the sink. This keeps everything nice and clean.

-Make sure that the sink is perfectly level. A leveling tool can be used for this. A few degrees can make a big difference.

-Check if the faucet has been installed properly. It is possible that small leaks form around the faucet if it is not tightened well enough. 

– Change the position of the faucet if needed. You can lower it so that it will splash less water. This might involve installing a new faucet.

-Clean the faucet if you have hard water. Faucets can get clogged over time and this can change the direction of the water flow. You can use some vinegar to do this. This has to be repeated every few months. It is also possible to add a water softener to avoid this problem.

– Don’t place your hands or any objects under the faucet while the water is running. This can make the water splash around.

As you can see, it can take some troubleshooting to find out why water is splashing over your sink counter.

There will always be some water that splashes around. To make sure that your sink and vanity are protected, it is a great idea to add some silicone. This material keeps the water away from the cracks between your wall and vanity. Mold can grow in these places if you are not careful. It can also make your bathroom look dirty as dust can collect around the sink.

Silicone has to be replaced every few years to make sure that it remains waterproof.

Be careful when you work on the drain as it can be quite hard to repair a drain that runs behind the wall. This can lead to clogs or leaks.

There are also splash guards on the market that can help if the previous solutions didn’t work.


There are many possible causes of water pooling on your bathroom counter. Once you’ve identified the cause, you can take the necessary steps to fix it. 

Hot steamy showers or humid weather can cause water to collect on bathroom surfaces. To reduce the risk of this, run the fan in the room when you shower and open a window if the weather is humid. 

Other common problems involve a slow draining sink, a shallow sink, or high water pressure. 

Most of these issues are quite easy to fix by yourself. If you don’t want to do this, it is possible to hire a plumber for this.