Shower head/aerator... stupid question

Old 11-25-07, 11:45 PM
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Shower head/aerator... stupid question

Okay, here's my stupid question: Does a shower head need an aerator?

Here's the background: I had really low pressure in my shower but the bathtub faucet pressure was fine. So I took the shower head off and removed what LOOKS like an aerator (it's a plastic ring with a wire screen and a little tab that allows you to unscrew it from the shower head... at least I think that's what it's for).

Anyway, now my pressure is back to normal but I'm wondering if there's any reason I need the aerator (or whatever it is). I don't want to damage anything. Besides, I thought a shower head was essentially an aerator, so I'm wondering if this thing that I took out is some sort of water saving device. It doesn't look like any of the flow restrictors I've seen, though.

BTW, it's a Delta shower head but I'm not sure of the model... pretty basic, though, nothing fancy.

Thanks in advance for enlightening me!
Old 11-26-07, 03:50 AM
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That probably is a mandated flow restrictor, but it may have been clogged with debris.

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