So you’re picking up some new items for your bathroom? Plumbing work can be an intimidating prospect, and if you want to install a feature like a bidet toilet or seat, you may want to try and do it yourself. Is this possible? How much-specialized knowledge does it take? What tools are required? Learn what a bidet is, how to install it yourself, whether there’s an easy way to do it, and when to call the professionals.
What Is a Bidet?
A bidet, quite simply, is a washing device for your bottom after you use the toilet. After using the bathroom, it sprays water on the soiled area to help get you all cleaned up. The three major types of bidet are free-standing bidets that you move to after using the toilet, a toilet/bidet combo unit, and a bidet seat for your existing bathroom. They were a sign of wealth and class at one time, but they are becoming more accessible and popular as the years go on.
How to Install a Bidet
Whether you can put a bidet in yourself depends on the type of bidet you buy. Free-standing bidets and bidet/toilet combos require additional plumbing and the installation of extra water lines, so you may not have the right tools and knowledge to do these yourselves. However, if you just need a bidet toilet seat, you may be able to do it yourself.
You’ll need a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, a bucket, and a towel to get started. First, remove your old toilet seat. Secure the nuts under the seat, so they don’t move, then unscrew the plastic bolts and pull the seat up.
Next, shut off the water supply to your toilet. It should be just behind the bowl. Flush the toilet to drain all the water out. Next, install the t-valve that came with your bidet to the supply line, allowing the line to send water to the toilet and the bidet. Unscrew the old supply hose from your tank, using the bucket to catch the water in the line. Attach the T-valve to the toilet tank, then reattach the supply hose.
Mount the bidet toilet seat using the enclosed mounting bracket. Align the seat with the holes, drop the plastic bolts through, and screw the nuts underneath to tighten it. Your wrench may be helpful with this. Finally, connect the bidet seat to the water supply using the second line included with the seat and the T-valve.
Turn the water line back on and if necessary, plug your bidet into the GFCI outlet in your bathroom. Use an extension cord if you need one. If you use an extension cord, make sure it’s rated for indoor/outdoor use and has three prongs to protect against the possibility of shock. Voila! It is ready to go!
How to Get It Done Right
If you’ve bought a free-standing bidet or a new combination bidet/toilet, you may need help from a professional plumber to install additional lines. Plumbing mistakes happen and can be a hassle handing on your own. Even if you purchased a seat and are concerned about messing with your water supply, contact Sin City Plumbing to help get the job done right. Visit our website today to learn more!