Bidet Plumbing Explained

A toilet with a bidet.

Bidet plumbing is an alternative to using toilet paper when cleaning your toilet. While toilet paper is a very useful material in cleaning the bottom and the toilet as well as the top, it does not satisfy all cleaning needs. Because of such inadequacies, some alternatives such as bidet plumbing have been developed.

What Is Bidet Plumbing?

Bidet plumbing makes use of a bidet or toilet unit as well as a set of connectors and a hose. The hose is used to shoot fine jets of water to clean the bottom effectively. Water is a universal solvent and a very effective cleaner that beats the cleaning properties of toilet paper fairly well.

Types of Bidets

There are basically two types of bidets available today. There is the spray hose and the standalone bowl. A spay hose provides better cleaning because it allows anyone to shoot jets of water at various angles, thus offering more effective cleaning. The standalone type does not allow offer this convenience, which makes the spray hose a better choice for most buyers.

Purchasing a Bidet

Standalone and spay hose bidets can be bought at a toilet supply store or a home improvement store. For people who want a fixed bidet, the standalone type is a good choice. For people who want flexibility, a spray hose is a better option.

Before deciding to buy a bidet, make sure to choose the right type of bidet to be installed in the toilet. Spray hoses should have at least a length of 3 feet to allow easier access. The bidet package will come with a set of connectors, nuts, bolts, and mountings.

Installing Bidet Plumbing

To install a bidet, shut off the water supply on the toilet and install the device according to the instructions provided in the product manual. The device is typically installed at one side of the toilet bowl and connected to the water source that also provides water for flushing. The installation can also be done by a hired professional. After installation, test the device.

Water Drainage

Another concern when installing bidet plumbing in the toilet is the drainage system. Toilet drains can lead directly below the toilet or sideways on the wall. There are two basic types of drainage systems that are used in toilet drains. One system makes use of p-traps to lead water on the sides of the wall and another makes use of s-traps that drain water vertically down the toilet.

A p-trap has a drain elbow that connects to a drainpipe on the sides of a wall. This is typically used in plumbing projects where the drainage is not located directly below the source of the wastewater.

For toilets with drainage systems located directly below them, s-traps can be used as drainage pipes. The pipe has a curved s-shape that allows wastewater to be drained vertically. The type of drainage pipe to be used in toilet plumbing will depend entirely on the toilet drain system found in a home.