Some people are very clearly DIYers (Do-It-Yourselfers). If there’s a project to be done around the house they dive right in. They actually enjoy putting together all those holiday gifts and see those dozens of parts as a fun puzzle. Then there are others who see all of those parts and want nothing to do with them. Regardless of your DIY skill level, we’ve got the perfect indoor project you can do yourself that will instantly make your life better: installing a new bidet toilet seat in your bathroom. The bad news is, some do-it-yourselfers just might find installing a bidet too easy!
If you hear “bidet” and think of a big, cumbersome plumping fixture that kind of looks like a toilet without the seat, then the first thing you should do is update your notion to the twenty-first century. Rather than a large porcelain base that requires a plumber and some extra water pipes, not to mention some extra square footage in your bathroom, modern electric bidets are designed to fit directly on your existing toilet. They simply replace your existing toilet seat. No invasive plumbing. No extra pipes. No extra floor space needed. All you need is a toilet, an electrical outlet, and about 30 minutes. And since these modern units install right on your toilet, they are a lot more convenient to use than the old fashioned bidets of yesteryear.
After choosing a bidet and making sure you have the right size for your toilet (round or elongated), there are just a few easy steps to install your new seat. First off, you will remove your existing toilet seat. To do this, you will simply unscrew the mounting bolts that hold the seat in place which can typically be done with a screwdriver. With the seat removed, you will then secure the bidet seat mounting bracket to the toilet. The mounting bracket is secured to the toilet using the same mounting holes that held the regular seat in place. The bracket position can be adjusted a bit farther forward or backward to get an optimal fit. Once the bracket is positioned you can tighten the mounting screws and slide the bidet into the bracket. If you listen, you can hear the unit “click” into place.
Next you will connect the unit to the water supply. To connect the water, you will simply split the existing water supply behind your toilet using a T-connection (aka "splitter") that comes with the bidet. First, turn off the water shut off valve on the wall and unscrew the water supply hose from the bottom of the water tank. Then thread the T-connection to the bottom of the water tank and reconnect the supply hose to the bottom of the T. From here, attach the included bidet hose to the side opening of the T-connection, and attach the other end of the hose right into the water inlet on the rear left side of the bidet seat (as you are facing the toilet). With the lines now connected, you can open the water shut off valve again and make sure everything is secure with no leaks.
The last thing you’ll need to do since this is an electric appliance is plug the unit into an outlet. The power cord on most bidet seats is around 3 and a half feet long and is a standard three-prong grounded plug designed for a grounded outlet. We recommend using a GFCI outlet which are commonly used in bathrooms. If needed you can use a grounded extension cord, just be sure to secure any cords for safety.
With your new bidet seat installed, you can now begin familiarizing yourself with all of the various features these modern cleaning machines have to offer. We have a bidet toilet seat comparison chart that may be helpful when deciding which model has the features you want. You can also contact us here at bidetsPLUS if you need help choosing a model or if you have any questions about the installation. Enjoying a healthier, cleaner bathroom experience is just a few simple steps away for any Do-It-Yourselfer with bidetsPLUS!
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about how we clean ourselves after using the bathroom. It’s simply a habit. But when you take a moment to think about it, washing with water is clearly superior to using dry toilet paper for cleaning. We use water when laundering our clothes, doing the dishes, washing our cars. And of course we use water for showers and baths. It doesn’t take long to realize that a bidet is superior to toilet paper when cleaning ourselves after using the bathroom. But besides being healthier and more hygienic than toilet paper, a bidet seat is also better in other ways.
Something that many people find surprising is that bidet seats can actually help conserve water compared with using toilet paper. Modern electronic bidet seats use a concentrated spray to clean and don’t need to use a lot of water to be effective. The amount of water a person typically uses in one month with a bidet is less than the amount of water used in an average shower. Compare this to toilet paper which uses around 37 gallons of water to produce a single roll. While many bidet users still use a small amount of toilet paper to help dry residual moisture after washing, the overall reduction in toilet paper consumption with a bidet not only saves water, it also saves a good deal of money in TP costs over the life of the seat!
Besides all the water used in the manufacturing of toilet paper, there are also a lot of trees that go into our bathroom rolls. Our infographic has more details about how many trees are used for our bathroom tissue along with how much money we spend on it each year. The average person in the U.S. uses 50% more toilet paper as the average person in Japan and Western Europe where bidet use is more common. So clearly cutting back on toilet paper consumption saves bidet users money, but there’s another way cutting back can save money and lessen the strain on infrastructure: plumbing and sewage costs.
Thicker toilet paper more easily clogs pipes which can require a plumber to clear, not exactly a cheap job in most cases. Water treatment facilities have had problems not only with toilet paper but also with wet wipes. Because the fibers in these products do not break down as well as thinner toilet paper (which most people don’t like using to begin with), treatment plants all over the US have experienced backed up pipes and damaged equipment from all this material being flushed. The equipment and the workers dealing with these problems would no doubt be in favor of everyone installing bidet toilet seats and putting an end to the headaches brought on by fibrous paper material.
It’s easy to see that reducing your toilet paper consumption is a good thing for the environment, not to mention your pocketbook. But the best reason for switching to a bidet seat is that it’s just a better way to clean. Besides being cleaner, people with issues like UTIs or itchiness or sensitivity and discomfort see drastic improvements simply by cleaning with water rather than wiping. And with all of the adjustable features, the electric seats on the market today are very user friendly and can be adjusted for personal comfort. We have even made changing from TP to a bidet easier for our customers with several seats available under our 30 Day Risk Free Trial. So make the change and see for yourself why a bidet is better!