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How to Remove Water Restrictor From Delta Rainfall Shower Head?

Like any other shower fittings, modern Delta rain shower heads are designed with a removable/replicable water restrictor that controls water flow through the pipe to your shower.

Interior and washroom décor instructs that designers install water restrictors in showerheads to prevent water loss or water discharge per minute, but if you don’t like the limitation and the flow of water, it is wise to remove your restrictors.

There are many reasons why you should consider changing or removing your restrictions, and if this is one of your cases, here are some ways and steps that you can follow and achieve the same.

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Why Should you Remove your Water Restrictors From Delta Rain Shower Head?

To Improve Water Flow

Water restrictors are designed to regulate the amount of water in your showerheads. Most designs are regulated to help conserve water, and if you have enough water, then there is no need to limit your shower discharge. A system with water restrictors and some water effects on the steel pipe will reduce your shower discharge by half. Eliminating this part helps reduce water obstacles, thus giving your shower a continuous flow of water throughout.


Minimize Power Spending

In fluid flow, the number of fittings and elbows in a pipe increases the amount of power needed to pump water to the final destination. In a simple shower connection, there are some T-junction, elbows, and extra fittings, which help in increasing the number of the fitting. With an additional water restrictor, the sum of fittings is increased, making which increases the amount of power required. And an increase in pumping power results in an increase in power bills in your home. Eliminating this part can sound awkward, considering that water is to be conserved at all costs, but the summation of power bills with the fitting included makes it wise to consider it a good move.


Improve the Showerhead Efficiency

Delta rain shower heads are designed in a way that they operate at the maximum water supply. It would help if you had a continuous flow of water, and with your restrictor, this cannot happen in place. Because most of these fittings are designed to prevent water loss but on a normal shower, trust me, what makes it the best is the continuous sprays from the showerheads. The only way to ensure you enjoy you


How to Remove Water Restrictor from Delta Rainfall Showerhead?

Tools and Accessories

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Towel or cloth
  • Paper clip
  • Plumber’s tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers


Step 1 Remove/disconnect the shower head from the pipe arm.

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To remove or disconnect your showerhead from the pipe arm that connects your Delta shower head to the wall, you need to unscrew all the fitting screws. You can do this by your own hand or use a wrench. Use the towel to protect or hold the screws and the showerhead and other important fittings. To unscrew your fitting nails or screw, you need to turn your showerhead clockwise then use a screwdriver to remove the nuts.


Step 2 Disconnect the Shower Screen

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Sometimes or depending on the type of showerheads, there are screens used to trap water sediments and debris inside the shower. Proceed with caution and ensure you don’t damage that sieve; you can read more on the installation manual if you have no idea about your showerheads. You might also need to gently tap the showerhead with your fingers to dislodge it or use needle-nose pliers to dislodge.


Step 3 Remove the Gasket or O-Ring

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Insider the showerhead; there should be a gasket or a rubber O-ring; use your paperclip and hold these rubbers in place, then pull them out. Be careful not to damage the gasket because you will have to replace it after installing and removing the water restrictor.


Step 4 Remove your Water Restrictor

how to remove restrictor from Delta rain shower head

You should set your water flow restrictor; it is normally a valve-like ring located in between the gate valve and the showerhead’s ball valve. Most designs come in s star-shaped metal gadget with a plastic ring on the inside. Use your unbent paperclip, hold it tight, and pull the restrictor out slowly. If your restrictors fail to come out, it means the pipe has some sediments or other substances holding it; twist it slowly from left to right and then pull it once.


Step 5 Reattach your Shower

how to reattch the shower head

Before you start to unscrew your showerhead back, it is wise to clean the old plumber’s tape using a clean cloth. Wipe all the damp inside the showerhead; you can use white vinegar to clean any rust. Remove all the deposits by scrubbing the inner grooves with a soft brush. With all in place, then reattach your showerhead by fitting all the screws in place.


Easy-to-follow Instructional Videos


Further Tips

Read more on different types of water flow restrictors and their installation process because understanding the installation will make it easier for you to unscrew it faster and safer.

Any move you make should not damage any pipe fittings and O-ring as they play a major role in your showerhead’s water supply.

Here is our quick tip on how you should remove your water restrictor, try using an electric screwdriver or needle-nose pliers when pulling it out.


Factors to Consider When Removing a Water Restrictors

Before you remove your water restrictors, it is wise to consider the type of restrictors installed in your showerhead, the type of showerhead you have, and the O-ring’s safety.

Take cation when handling these parts because they determine the amount of water and water flow in your showerheads. You can find more about different water restrictors and their removal procedure online or hire a specialist to help you replace or remove your restrictor.



Removing your water restrictor can vary from on-brand to the other; the guide has outlined some of the basic and proven ways to use it when replacing or to remove your restrictor. But before making any move towards removing, it is wise to find more information about your showerhead design because different designs have different fittings.

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