How To Replace A Bidet
Installing a bidet in a home has become a very popular bathroom fixture addition. However, occasionally a bidet needs to be removed and replaced with a toilet or another bidet.
Bidets have gained in popularity as an alternative to the traditional toilet because they offer a more sanitary option to toilet paper. Bidets feature one or two spigots and a faucet and can also be used for foot washing. In the United States, the most common form is the bowl bidet, but they can also be found with handheld spray handles that are battery powered.
In many households, a bidet is found in the bathroom, installed next to a traditional toilet and resemble a toilet with no seat or seat cover.
Replacing a bidet is similar to replacing a traditional toilet and can be accomplished in a matter of an hour or so with the correct tools. Some assistance might be needed to lift the old fixture out of place and set the new one.
Step 1 – Choose Replacement Bidet/Protect Floor for Removal
Decide what model new bidet or toilet is going to be placed in the space. Examine the existing bidet to determine the amount of available space. Compare this to the footprint of the replacement fixture.
Place plastic sheeting on the floor along the past to the outside where you will be removing the existing bidet. This will protect the floor from any dripping water.
Step 2 – Turn off Water to Existing Bidet
Locate the water lines behind the existing bidet. Turn the water off at the valve in these lines and flush the existing fixture several times to remove as much water as possible. Vacuum out any remaining amount of water with a shop vac.
Step 3 – Disconnect Water Lines
Gently loosen and remove the water lines from the existing bidet with a crescent wrench. Push the lines aside, since they will be used on the replacement fixture.
Step 4 – Remove Caulk and Remove Bidet
Loosen and remove any caulk sealing the existing bidet to the floor with a utility knife. Gently work the bidet free from the floor and remove it.
Step 5 – Temporarily Block Sewer Gasses
Temporarily place a rag in the drain to prevent any gasses from escaping.
Step 6 – Set New Bidet in Place
Remove the rag and gently set the new bidet in place over the drainage hole. Use a level to make sure that the new fixture is set in place level and even. If needed, use shims to make the fixture level.
Step 7 – Caulk and Seal
Apply a thin bead of silicone caulk sealant along the bottom footprint of the new fixture where it meets the floor. Smooth away any excess sealant with your finger.
Step 8 – Connect Water Lines
Connect the water lines, connecting the cold and hot water to the corresponding lines. Securely tighten the drainage line.
Step 9 – Turn on Water
Turn on the water at the valves behind the new bidet.
Step 10 – Test
Flush the bidet a few times to make sure that the water is correctly attached and it is flushing well.