Moen showerheads are designed from the drawing board for low pressure. Standard shower units use between 2 and 3 gallons per minute (GPM), while low-flow units will average between 1 and 2 GPM.
The water flow for Moen showerheads is 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) that consumes up to 32% less water while maintaining high performance.
The low flow is caused by a flow restrictor in the showerhead or a water-saving filter installed in the showerhead.
Restrictors on the shower head are installed to reduce water flow and aerators give the water a sense of “full flow”.
The water is replaced by air and distributed uniformly on the body so that it feels like more water is flowing. Low-flow showers provide less water to a larger area.
Nevertheless, you may require full flow at certain times of the day, such as in the morning or early evening. To get an instant full flow, you will need to change the showerhead by removing the restrictor.
Removing the restrictor will boost the velocity (strength) of your water giving you a wonderful instant shower experience.
Find out how to remove the Moen showerhead’s flow restrictor.
How To Remove The Flow Restrictor In Moen Showerhead
You’ll need a couple of tools which are.
- Adjustable wrench.
- Teflon tape.
- Pair of tweezers.
- A paper clip.
Step 1: Take the shower head off the wall with a pair of padded adjustable wrench. Use the rag to pad the adjustable wrench. If it’s not padded, it could mar the chrome. Turn the showerhead counterclockwise on the flat spots at the bottom of the showerhead.
The flat spots are located on the pipe connector. It is here that the head is screwed into the hose of the swan neck, which is the part that protrudes from the wall.
When removed, carefully clean the threads on the gooseneck since debris may have accumulated.
Step 2: Remove the O ring – using the paper clip. The O-ring inside the showerhead is used to secure an appropriate seal to block a path that could otherwise allow water to leak. Keep the O-ring for later use.
Step 3: Use your pair of tweezers to pull out the blue plastic which is the flow restrictor. Once the flow restrictor is removed, put back the O-ring.
Step 4: Wrap the thread with the Teflon tape. Teflon will stop all leaks. Roll up threads 4 to 5 turns clockwise. To prevent the tape from becoming visible, do not extend the tape over the threaded area.
To end this step, carefully squeeze the tape into the threads.
Make sure it is firm and screwed into place. To test it out, turn on the water and ensure that the water flows smoothly without leaking. If there is leakage in the shower arm, you may need to tighten the head with a wrench.
Pad the wrench with the cloth to prevent damaging the showerhead. Redo the test and continue tightening until no leaks occur.
Step 5: And you are good to go. You will notice an instant change in the pressure of shower water.
It’s a fairly simple process to take out the flow restrictor. Always ensure that the shower is dry indoors while doing this work to prevent slippage.
Where is the Flow Restrictor In a Fixed Showerhead
The flow restrictor is a piece of white, green, pink, and red plastic located at the showerhead connection nut.
How Can one Increase the Flow of a Shower Head
If your water pressure is not powerful enough you the water restrictor is what is limiting the water flow rate. You can boost the pressure by removing the flow restrictor from the inside of the showerhead.
Water pressure is the word we use to describe the force of water in our showerheads. The actual pressure itself depends on the quantity of flow through the shower hose or showerhead, the more water being pushed through the pressure the more you will get.
The real pressure we receive in our homes comes from our connection to the city’s water supply. Water that travels from the water company through large pipes and eventually into our homes is all pressurized.
If there is a break in the water line outside your house and you turn on the faucet, then you will only get a trickle until that break is repaired.
Water pressure is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch) and the water companies deliver pressurized water at very high levels for their own needs, such as getting water to fire hydrants. Water companies often supply more than 150 psi of water.
This can in fact be a bad thing for our homes, because at this high pressure on shower head, it can cause significant leakage and damage to the pipes. At home, the water pressure should never exceed 80 psi.
For houses that are not connected to municipal water pipes, such as houses that have well water and gravity water systems. Unless these houses have a kind of water pump, they will not reach very high PSI levels.
These days most shower heads have a water restrictor installed in them. They will generally limit the amount of water that flows through the shower. This saves a lot of water, especially in homes that have high water pressure.