How to Repair Bidet Plumbing Problems
Repairing your bidet plumbing is a difficult task that can daunt even someone who is experienced in plumbing and toilet maintenance. The bidet and the toilet usually share a combined waste pipe, which can make investigating problems even more confusing than it normally is. If you are sure that the problem is coming from your bidet, then there are a few repairs that you can make which will help you to keep the bidet running. Small repairs should be easily managed by anyone with a few basic home repair tools, and a few spare hours in which to repair your bidet plumbing.
Step 1 - Turn off the Water Supply
Before you attempt any repairs on your bidet plumbing, you should make sure that the water supply is turned off. You can do this by using the shut-off valve on the toilet itself, or you can use the mains water supply valve, and turn off all of the water in your home. If your problem is a dripping faucet then it is a good idea to make sure that there is no water available. Once you have turned off the water, give the bidet a few flushes, until the water is completely gone.
Step 2 - Check the Drain
The drain is a major source of problems for all water-using devices, and should be one of the first things that you check when you do any kind of plumbing repair. The bidet is often connected to the toilet via a T-pipe connection, which can sometimes send water in the wrong direction. Check this compartment first by removing the pipe using your wrenches. Place one above the nut in the pipe, and the other below, and then turn the pipe until you manage to unscrew the nut. The second pipe wrench should be held firmly, as it is keeping the upper pipe from moving, allowing you to unscrew it. You can then use a wire brush to clean out the insides of the bidet drain.
Step 3 - Check the Strainer
You should also be able to remove the strainer from your bidet, using a screwdriver or a pair of pliers, and examine this for debris. Keeping the strainer clean prevents the drain and tailpipe from becoming damaged. Once you have removed the strainer, you should also take out the two washers at the top of the tailpipe. These can become worn, and will lead to drips, so removing them will stop any leaks. When replacing the stainer, add a new layer of caulk around the edge before inserting.
Step 4 - Check the Faucet
You should also make sure that you check the faucet or spray hose supply lines. If you have a constant drip into the bowl of the bidet, then check the hose to make sure that it is not loose. Apply plumber's tape to the joins in the supply line to ensure that any connections are tightened up.