Showerheads often come with a flow restrictor to save energy and water.
Guidelines specify that showerheads should not produce more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
Even though it is a great thing for your energy bills and water usage, it may not be great for the shower experience.
Created to decrease the water flow from the shower, it can save water but it may not work well where the water pressure is not good.
Here is how to remove it from both fixed and handheld showerhead.
The location of the restrictor depends on the model and you can use the product information by manufacturer or website to locate the restrictor.
Generally, it locates inside the holder that connects to the arm or inside the terminal of the handle that joins the flexible tubing.
When it is located at the end of the handle, place a rag onto the connector and then tightly hold the nut with pliers.
Rotate it anti-clockwise to unscrew and detach the handle.
Remove the washer and filter screen with the help of needle-nose pliers to reach it.
Take it out using a flat-head screwdriver.
For showerheads where the restrictor is located inside the holder, use a rag to cover the arm and nut.
Use a pipe wrench to grip the arm and adjustable pliers to hold the nut.
Rotate the nut anticlockwise and free the arm.
Now use needle-nose pliers to remove the washer and filter screen.
Get it out using a flat-head screwdriver.
Now replace it.
Also, replace the plumber’s tape with a new one over the shower arm or flexible tubing.
Wrap the tape in a clockwise direction.
Now tighten the connector with your hands and fix it using an adjustable wrench.
For handheld showerhead
Use the manufacturer’s site or owner’s manual to find the flow restrictor on the handheld fixture.
Generally, it locates insides the holds connected to the arm or the handle’s end that is attached to the flexible tubing.
Still, its position depends on its manufacturer.
If your showerhead is located at the end of the handle, cover the nut with a rag and hold the nut firmly using adjustable pliers.
Now move it anticlockwise to remove the handle from the tubing.
Remove the washer and filter screen using needle-nose pliers.
Also, extract it using a flat head screwdriver.
Put it back into the fixture.
Make sure you place the washer using your fingers.
Remove old plumber’s tape over the shower arm or flexible tubing.
Add new tape and tight the joint with your hands and secure it using an adjustable wrench.
Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Kaalimbar Vazentini