Installing a bidet can change the entire bathroom experience in your home, and leave you feeling cleaner and fresher than paper ever has. However, even though many homeowners are curious about them, they are unsure about the plumbing requirements for a bidet. Some even wonder if you need a plumber to install a bidet.
We’re going to take a look at bidets and make a list of everything you need to install a bidet. After that, we’ll answer the question of whether a plumber is needed to install a bidet, or if it can be done in a DIY project. In the end, we’ll point you toward a trusted local plumbing resource to help you get the project done quickly and professionally.
What Is A Bidet?
A bidet is an appliance that is either used in conjunction with an existing toilet or as an integrated part of a higher-end toilet and assists in cleaning. A bidet will nearly eliminate the need for conventional toilet paper with the exception of small amounts to dry the skin. Rather than using toilet paper to wipe, one or more small nozzles sprays a stream or mist of clean water to either the front or rear to simplify cleaning.
What Do You Need To Install A Bidet?
If you already have a toilet that you want to keep, and you want to install a separate bidet, the process will be more complex than simply attaching a bidet seat. To install a bidet you’ll want to make sure you have the following on hand before you begin:
- A pair of ⅜” water supply shut-offs for your hot and cold supplies
- 1-¼” drain stub-out that exits through either the floor or the wall.
- 1-¼” p-trap
- Either an air gap or vacuum breaker backflow prevention device
Do I Need Electricity For A Bidet?
This will depend greatly on the type of bidet that you decide to get. Smaller versions that are essentially toilet-seat add-ons for the toilet will usually be powered by the water pressure of the supply. There are situations, however, where a standalone or other high-end bidet systems would need access to a conventional 110v-120v GFCI power outlet.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Bidet
First, be sure of any power requirements for your bidet. Then, make sure if the bidet is an add-on seat that it is compatible with your toilet. Finally, look at the installation complexity and decide if you will need a plumber to install your bidet.
Do You Need A Plumber To Install A Bidet?
In many cases, you’ll be able to install your bidet by yourself in a few hours, with a little experience and some common plumbing tools. However, there are situations where unexpected complications can make the job much more tedious and complex than initially forecasted. Even the simplest projects can sometimes turn into more than the average DIYer is capable of handling.
In cases like this, having a plumber on hand that will know exactly how to deal with the situation can be priceless. Not only are professional plumbers experienced with installing things like bidets every day, but they are insured and bonded so that if anything goes wrong during the project you and your home are safe from extended financial liability.
Emory Is Ready To Be Your Trusted Plumbing Partner
No matter what you need installed or fixed in your bathroom, Emory is here to make sure you get it done exactly how you want it done. If you need a bidet installed or just need to discuss your next plumbing project, reach out to Emory today and speak with a local plumbing expert.