How to remove a water restrictor from Delta taps

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How to remove a water restrictor from Delta taps
Delta also places flow restrictors in its shower heads. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tap manufacturers install flow restrictors in their shower heads and sink taps. Flow restrictors are necessary to meet many plumbing guidelines to reduce water consumption. Delta does not advise removing the water restrictor completely from the tap. To increase water pressure from your tap, remove the water restrictor from the Delta tap and either clean or replace it.

Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Place a rag in the sink drain to prevent dropping small parts down the drain.

  2. 2

    Wrap masking tape around the tap aerator of your Delta tap. The aerator is the piece on the end of the tap spout. The masking tape protects the finish of the aerator while you remove it from the tap.

  3. 3

    Grab the aerator with a pair of slip joint pliers and turn it anticlockwise until you can turn it by hand. Continue unscrewing the aerator off the end of the tap spout by hand.

  4. 4

    Remove the rubber washer on the inside of the aerator with your fingers. Pull the water restrictor out of the aerator. The water restrictor resembles a flat washer with a single small hole in the centre. Clean the restrictor in a solution of vinegar and water, or replace the restrictor with a new one.

  5. 5

    Place the restrictor and the rubber washer back into the aerator. Thread the aerator back into the end of the tap spout until it is tight. Turn the aerator another one-quarter turn with the slip joint pliers. Remove the tape from the aerator.

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