Flow Restrictor Removal

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Flow Restrictor Removal
Remove the flow restrictor from your showerhead. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The shower head in your bathroom likely contains a flow restrictor that restricts the amount of water coming through in an effort to save water. If you would like to increase the flow of water, with a few simple tools you can remove the flow restrictor yourself without the cost of hiring a plumber.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Clean rag
  • Plumber's tape

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  1. 1

    Shut off the water to your shower at the water source. If there isn't an individual valve for the shower plumbing, turn off the water to your entire house.

  2. 2

    Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the shower head from the water supply pipe. Wrap a clean rag around the connector to the shower head to protect it from scratches before applying the wrench.

  3. 3

    Remove the gasket inside the shower head. Gently pry it out with a flathead screwdriver. You will need to replace the gasket, so take care not to tear it.

  4. 4

    Take out the flow restrictor. It is a small, plastic, star-shaped piece. Lift the edge with the screwdriver and it should pop out.

  5. 5

    Re-insert the gasket. Wrap a layer of plumber's tape around the end of the water supply pipe to help form a tight seal. Wrap the rag around the shower head connector and reconnect it to the water supply pipe with the wrench.

  6. 6

    Turn the water back on, and turn the shower on to test your connection for leaks.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the flow restrictor in a safe place in case you want to replace it later.

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