Dear All, I am perplexed as to why my faucet does not leak (
) but there is always a ring of rust and black cruddy looking thing around the faucet and I clean this area with a toothbrush and Ajax all the time. I have a Hot and Cold faucet but I always use only the Cold faucet and this is where the rust/cruddy looking black stuff accumulates around the faucet. On the Hot faucet which I hardly ever use there is no problem. I clean the sink and around the faucet daily but I keep seeing this rust. How do I fix this? Would winding plumber's thread around the base of the faucet help? Do I have to remove the faucet before winding plumber's thread around it? I see no caulk there at all and it was never caulked on either the Cold or the Hot faucet so I don't believe that it is an area where one should caulk?! Please give me your thoughts/advice. Thank you.
Here's a photo of the problem.