How To Remove Flow Restrictor From Water Softener Shower Head

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If you’re in a place with low water pressure, you might want to remove your flow restrictor. Removing the flow restrictor from your water softener shower head can provide a more desirable water pressure level for you, but it would also increase your water consumption rate.

In this article, we will discuss how to remove the flow restrictor from your shower head and give some tips on how to make sure that removing it is right for you. Let’s get started!

What is a flow restrictor?

A flow restrictor is a piece that goes inside your water softener shower head to restrict the water output.

They are typically designed to work with low-flow, water-saving heads so that you don’t end up using all of your hot water before getting clean.

Removing a flow restrictor will increase your water pressure–which can be good or bad depending on your situation.

Removing a flow restrictor from the showerhead will allow more water to flow through the hose and showerhead.

How to remove flow restrictor from shower head – Fixed and Handheld

There are two types of showerheads; one is fixed, and the other is handheld. This article will show you how to remove flow restrictors from both types.

How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Handheld Shower Head

Handheld Shower Head

Step 1: Remove the Shower Hose

The flow restrictor is inside the showerhead of a handheld device. So, the first step is to remove the hose that connects it to the wall.

This can be done by unscrewing it from the end of the head and pulling it away.

You might want to take a picture of how it was connected so that you can put it back together properly.

Step 2: Unscrew the Head

The showerhead is made up of two parts–the showerhead and the hose adapter. You need to unscrew the showerhead from the hose adapter in order to remove the flow restrictor.

Step 3: Remove the Restrictor

The flow restrictor is a piece of hard plastic that is inside the showerhead. This restrictor can either be glued to the pipe or it will have a screw-on.

If it is glued on, then you will need to use a screwdriver or hot nail to remove the restrictor.  You may need to try a few different things to get the right way to work.

If you can unscrew it, then do so and take it out from the showerhead.

Step 4: Put it All Back Together

Once you have the flow restrictor out of the showerhead, all you need to do is put it back together. It will probably be a little more difficult to screw the showerhead onto the hose adapter since there is nothing in there to prevent it from rotating.

If you have a glue-in flow restrictor, then just put some silicone sealant around the edge of the showerhead and screw it back together.

Step 5: Test It Out

Once the showerhead has been put back together, turn on the water to test it out. You will immediately notice that there is more water pressure coming out of it.

If you are happy with the amount of pressure, then congratulations! You now have a flow-restrictor-free showerhead.

If you are not happy with how much pressure there is, then you can always put the flow restrictor back in. I don’t recommend this unless you are trying to conserve water, so make sure you really think this through before doing it.

How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Fixed Shower Head

How To Remove Flow Restrictor From Shower Head

You can easily remove the flow restrictor from a fixed shower head.

Step 1: Turn it Off

Before you start removing the flow restrictor, you need to turn off the water to that shower.

You can turn it off at the valve under the sink, or if you have a hose bib, then you can turn the water off at that valve as well.

Step 2: Remove the Outlet

The next step is to remove the outlet from the wall. If you are lucky, then you will have a single screw that you can unscrew in order to do this.

If you are not lucky, then you will have a hose bib that has two bushings and a screw in the middle. If that is the case, then you will need an Allen wrench to remove it.

Step 3: Remove the Restrictor

There are two types of flow restrictors: ones that screw off, and then there is a glue-in type that can only be removed by cutting it out.

If you are lucky, then it will just unscrew; however, if you are not then, you will need to cut the flow restrictor out.

The easiest way to cut it out is with a Dremel tool, but if you don’t have one, then you can use a screwdriver

Once you have the restrictor removed, then all you need to do is put it back together.

Step 4: Put it Back Together

The last step is to put the outlet back on the wall.

Just make sure that you tighten it enough so that it will not leak.

If you have a glue-in restrictor, then just put some silicone sealant around the edge of the outlet and push it back into the wall.

That’s it. You’re done.

Step 5: Test It Out

The last thing you need to do is test it out and make sure that it’s working properly.

Why do I need to remove it?

There could be several reasons why you would need to remove flow restrictors like:

1: You want more water pressure. Do you know those old commercials where the shower head would blast off and leave a crater in the wall? Well, let’s just say you want it to be like that.

2: The flow restrictor is clogging up the showerhead. If you leave it on too long, then the restrictor will clog up; however, if you take it off, then that won’t happen.

3: You want to install a new shower restrictor. If you decide that you want to install a new flow restrictor, then there is no need to keep the old one.

Tips for reducing water consumption after removal

If you decide that you want to remove the flow restrictor, then I have several tips for helping save water.

1: If you want to reduce water consumption while showering, then try a low-flow showerhead instead of a traditional showerhead.

2: Fix leaky showerheads, faucets, and pipes by replacing O-rings, washers, and seals. Dripping showerheads and faucets can waste more than 2,000 gallons of water per year.

3: Repair or replace any broken showerheads and faucets.

4: Use only the warm water needed to get clean, and then turn off the flow.

5: Avoid running multiple showers at once. This is not only a waste of water, but it will also cost you more money.

6: Check for leaks in the toilets by placing food coloring tablets or drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, you have a leaky toilet that is wasting water and increasing your water bill.

7: Turn the water off while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing vegetables, or doing any other activity that does not require running water.


  • Do all showerheads have flow restrictors?

Yes, almost all showerheads have flow restrictors; the reason that they are installed is to help reduce water consumption.

  • Can I install a flow restrictor?

Flow restrictors are installed by the manufacturer. There are some aftermarket kits that you can purchase from places like Amazon, but I would advise against it.

  • Do they cost a lot of money?

No, flow restrictors can be found at many plumbing stores and on Amazon for really cheap.

  • Do water-saving showerheads save money?

Yes, water-saving showerheads can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you are not installing one, then I would highly recommend it.

  • Can I adjust how much water comes out of the shower?

Yes, most showerheads should have an adjustment knob on the showerhead that you can turn to control how much water comes out.


We hope this article has been helpful to you in your quest for more information about removing the flow restrictor from your water softener shower head.

If you’re looking to save water and money, this article will show you how to remove the flow restrictor from your showerhead. You’ll learn what a flow restrictor is, how it works, and different ways of removing them for handheld or fixed head showers. After reading our tips on reducing water consumption after removal, we hope that you have found some helpful information!

Jeremy Lee is a researcher and part-time blogger who has a passion to discover cutting-edge technologies related to water filtration. He knows the importance of purified water in our lives and started this blog aiming to provide the best product reviews, buying guides, and other useful information related to water. When not working, he loves to spend time with his beloved wife and two kids.