The showerhead comes with water restrictor that also called flow restrictor. It is specially designed to minimize the water flow of the showerhead.
According to National Energy Act manufacturers have to install a flow restrictor in the showerhead. The purpose of the flow restrictor is to conserve water.
People who want to reduce their water & energy bills they should not remove the restrictor while taking a shower. And those people who have low water pressure system in the home.
They need to remove it so that they can enjoy the high flow of water without compromising the performance, but it may increase your water bills.
Most people want to know how to remove it. If you are one of those people them do not worry, we are here to guide you.
In this article, you will get all the details. By which you can easily remove flow restrictor from the showerhead.
Steps to Remove Water Restrictor
If you decide to remove the restrictor, then you need a few things. Include a wrench, paper clip, Rag, and Teflon Plumber’s tape. Let me explain you in simple steps how you can remove the restrictor on your own.
- Remove The Showerhead With A Wrench
If you do not want any scratches on the chrome of the showerhead nut, then cover the Rag around the nut. And with the help of wrench turn off the nut and remove the showerhead from the shower arm pipe.
- Unbend The Paper Clip
After removing the showerhead, inspect the showerhead connection and remove the shower screen, if any. Then unbend the paper clip under one section and remove the gasket, that located inside of the showerhead. Carefully, remove the gasket without any damage.
- Remove the Flow Restrictor
Now, it’s time to remove the restrictor. It is a plastic disc that covers the showerhead. This disc inlet located behind a star-shaped metal piece inside the showerhead. After that, you need to hook the paper clip under the one side of the restrictor and twist it to pry up and remove the flow restrictor.
- Insert the Gasket And Shower Screen Back
After removing the flow restrictor, insert back the gasket and shower screen in their appropriate position into the showerhead.
- Wrap A New Piece Of Teflon Tape
Remove the old Teflon tape from the threaded end of the shower arm and wrap a new Teflon tape on it, to prevent the leak. Finally, with a wrench, fit the shower head into the shower arm.
These are the simple steps by which you can easily remove the flow restrictor. You do not need to contact a plumber for this task. Just follow these instructions, and your work will be done cost-effectively. Just keep in mind, by removing the flow restrictor from the showerhead can increase your water bills. Therefore, you need to select low flow showerheads because these are water-efficient showerheads.