Fixing a Leaking Faucet


Faucet leaks usually show up in two places ... in the spout the area where it joins the body of the faucet. Spout leaks indicate that the ball, disk or cartridge is leaking.


  • Turn off the water to and remove the handle, which, on ball-type faucets are held in place with a setscrew that must be loosened with an Allen wrench or key. (An Allen wrench is an hexagonal wrench used to tighten or loosen hexagonal Allen screws) Ceramic disk and cartridge-type handles are held in place by a screw hidden beneath a cap.

  • Ball and ceramic disk-type faucets: Remove the ball or disk and replace seals. Rapid>True Value sells replacement kits for these faucets.

  • Cartridge-type faucets: Remove spout and pull out retainer clip that holds the cartridge in place. Pull on the cartridge stem with a twisting motion. If it resists, install the handle so you can a better grip on the cartridge to pull it out. Take the cartridge to Rapid>True Value and buy an exact replacement kit.