Using a water filter with your bidet toilet seat is highly recommended because of two key benefits that water filters offer. The first benefit is that water filters help maintain the inner workings and mechanisms of the bidet seat by keeping the unit from being clogged with impurities. The second benefit is that filtered water is healthier for sensitive body parts being cleaned by your bidet.
Inside your bidet seat is an integrated system of hoses, water reservoirs and other internal “plumbing” that your water supply flows through. As the water runs from the tap to the nozzle, sediment and impurities can build up along the way over time. Filtering the water before it enters the bidet’s inner workings helps keep the water clean and prevent particulate matter from building up inside. If you look inside old pipes of a home having new plumbing done, you can see the mineral and sediment deposit clogging the pipes which can lead to problems with water pressure and flow as well as water impurity. This same concept works with the water inside your bidet seat. Keeping the pathway clear will add to the longevity of your bidet.
Besides keeping your bidet clean and unclogged, using a bidet water filter is also important because the water is being used to clean sensitive parts of the body. Just like many people use purifiers to cleanse the water they drink, a bidet water filter works to take the water cleaning sensitive areas and remove contaminating particles or bacteria that may be in the water. It is just more hygienic and safe to use filtered water. And since filters are relatively cheap and easy to install in only a couple of minutes, there’s not much reason to not use filters.
There are two kinds of bidet water filters generally available – carbon filters and iodine filters. Carbon filters work to clean your water using a technique called adsorption (not to be confused with absorption). Adsorption is a chemical process that uses the atomic charge of the carbon inside the filter to draw unwanted particles that have latched onto water molecules, chemically speaking, away from the water. These particles and impurities break their bond to the water and instead attach to the chemically attractive carbon, leaving the water to continue through the filter pure and clean.
An iodine filter treats the water flowing through it with iodine, as the name implies. Instead of using a chemical charge like carbon to filter out particles, iodine effectively sterilizes the water. Long known as an effective bacteria-killing antiseptic, iodine is commonly found in medicine chests and is used on scrapes and cuts. The same concept of protecting a cut against infection is at work as the iodine water filter cleans your bidet’s water.
Installation of both types of water filter is pretty simple. Your bidet seat has a hose that connects to the water outlet that is behind your toilet. The bidet water filter connects to the hose on one end and to the water outlet on the other. First you need to close the water shut-off on your water outlet. Once that is closed, disconnect the hose from the water outlet simply by unscrewing it. The filter has one female end and one male end. Connect the filter to the water outlet directly using the female end. Once the filter is screwed in, reattach the hose to the male end of the filter to complete the connection. You can then open the water shut-off valve to let water flow into the system. Check to make sure there aren’t any leaks in the area after you have re-opened the water valve.
It is generally recommended that bidet water filters be replaced every six months.
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