Re: Is this considered a defect?
A friend has have two of those with defects, and the replacements were defective too.
What they did was drill a small hole in the bottom by the part where the hookah sits on the vase and put it in the oven for a certain amount of time. The water inside evaporated and they used JB weld and some sort of clear sticky stuff to seal all the cracks and leaks and it works perfectly now. I wouldn't recommend trying this unless you know what you're doing but it worked for them.