Three Things To Know About Installing A Bidet

It's not something that anyone likes to spend much time thinking about, but adding a bidet to your home can be a surprisingly luxurious upgrade. These devices have become more prevalent in recent years, both due to their comfort and their ability to reduce toilet paper waste. Bidets can be especially helpful for septic tank owners worried about paper clogs.

Of course, deciding to install a bidet isn't the end. Some bidets are relatively easy for do-it-yourselfers to put together on their own, but others will require the assistance of a professional plumber. If you're thinking about installing a bidet in your home, keep these three crucial installation considerations in mind.

1. Your Toilet Should Be In Good Shape

Even a basic bidet will require you to access your supply valve and the bolts where your toilet seat attaches to the bowl. Both of these items can potentially wear out over time. The bolts holding toilet seats on can rust, making them difficult to remove and replace. Before beginning, clean this area and check to ensure that you can easily unbolt the seat.

Supply valve issues can be trickier to remedy. You can usually find your supply valve on the floor near the toilet. This valve allows you to turn off the water to the toilet without turning off water to your whole home, but these valves can stick or fail. Confirm that yours works before beginning and consider calling a plumber if the valve is stuck or does not stop water flow to the tank.

2. Your Installation Requirements May Vary

Simple bidet models are unpowered and require only a cold water hook-up. Bidets of this type are usually easy do-it-yourself jobs. On the other hand, heated bidets come in a variety of styles and may require a bit more work. These bidets often have small tanks or tankless heaters and will require an electrical connection, which can be challenging in some bathrooms.

Freestanding bidets (separate fixtures not attached to the toilet) are often significantly more complicated. Bidets of this type require separate plumbing lines and professional installation.

3. Your Seat Shape Matters

Finally, keep in mind that not all toilet bowls are the same. The two typical bowl shapes are standard and elongated. When you buy a new seat, you need to pay attention to your bowl size to find one that fits. Likewise, bidets typically require specific bowl shapes. When purchasing your bidet, always make sure that you are buying the right one for your toilet.

Although installing a simple toilet seat bidet is not complicated, a professional can help to ensure the job is done right. If you have any questions about your bidet install, contacting your friendly local plumber is usually the way to go.

To learn more, contact a company that offers residential plumbing services.