Bidet Installation Essentials: What You Need to Know
Have you ever found yourself struck by a sudden appreciation for the unassuming toilet seat? Well, here's a little nugget that might pique your interest.
According to archaeological journals, the humble toilet bowl or seat in its simplest form has been around for a couple of millennia. Now, the toilet seat has undergone quite an upgrade, the most notable one being – the bidet toilet seat.
Let’s take a closer look at why you should consider installing bidets at your place, shall we?
A Quick Spritz on Bidet Toilet Seats
Now, picture this – it’s the crack of dawn, and your alarm just sounded its war call. You’re already battling sleep withdrawal, and then comes the assault of the ice-cold toilet seat.
Woeful start, isn’t it? Well, with a bidet seat installed, you can bid goodbye to this chilly proposition.
Apart from banishing those bone-rattling starts, bidet toilet seats usher in added hygiene benefits. No more fussing around with toilet paper. Bidet toilets are just a quick wash away from delivering complete peace of mind.
Why Opt for Professionals for Bidet Installation
Now, you may think if you can replace a toilet seat, why not install a bidet? But remember, mates, bidet installation is a bit different from your run-of-the-mill DIY job.
It requires an understanding of backflow prevention techniques and compliance with plumbing code practices, amongst other things. That’s where a licensed plumber comes into play.
The Case for Backflow Prevention
Before we delve into why professional help is crucial, let’s brush up a bit on this tongue twister – backflow prevention. While installing bidets and their bidet hose, backflow prevention devices like reduced pressure zone devices need to be installed.
They prevent contaminated water from flowing back into your main water supply.
In other words, backflow prevention secures that harmful water from the bidet won’t enter your hot water system or the main water supply. This is a classic case of your plumbing doing its bit for improved hygiene.
A Nod to the Plumbing Code
The second key reason to bank on a professional plumber to install a bidet involves staying on the good side of the law. Australian Standard AS3500, affectionately known as our Plumbing Code, categorises bidet installations as a “high hazard” gig.
This term isn’t as ominous as it sounds. It merely refers to a situation where there’s potential for contaminated water to enter the main water supply.
Under the Plumbing Code, all bidet installations – be it a bidet seat, bidet attachment, or a douche spray – are high-hazard plumbing work. Therefore, they need professionals to handle and be tested annually.
“We’ve checked all the boxes with our plumbing work; why the need for annual testing?” You might ask. The simple answer – peace of mind and a legal requirement. Regular checks make sure the backflow prevention devices continue their mighty fine job of guarding you against potential water contamination.
Now, let’s consider the scenario if you swing a hammer and decide to install a bidet on your own, foregoing the services of a licensed plumber.
Should your DIY bidet project cause damage or worse, contamination of the water supply, the fault is yours to bear. Not quite the cherry on the cake, right?
The Perks of Hiring a Professional
Contacting a licensed plumber to install a bidet is like buying an insurance policy against such potential hitches. An experienced plumber will know the ins and outs of a bidet installation.
From the correct placement of the bidet attachments and water hose to the correct adjustment according to the water pressure, they got you.
A plumber can also identify if your existing toilet suite is compatible with the bidet toilet seat you’ve chosen. Should alternatives be needed, they can recommend suitable bidet seat replacements or an entirely new toilet suite.
They’ll make sure the existing water supply remains untarnished by fitting backflow prevention devices, like that reliable reduced pressure zone device.
Safety and Maintenance Tips for Bidet Owners
Proper use of a bidet is vital. So, when utilising one for the first time, clean off with toilet paper before employing the bidet spray. It’s generally unnecessary to use soap with a bidet. For maintenance, the bidet and toilet seat should be removed regularly.
Wipe them down with a soft, damp cloth and a gentle kitchen dish soap. Then, leave them to air dry or wipe dry using a soft cloth.
Attention should also be paid to maintaining the bidet’s exterior. Use a gentle cleaner and a soft cloth to clean the bidet seat, lid, and control panel. Avoid abrasive or harsh chemicals that could damage the bidet’s finish.
Owners are encouraged to periodically inspect their bidets for leaks. To optimise your bidet’s operation, read the manual and always adhere to the directions regarding its use and maintenance. By following these safety and maintenance tips, bidet owners can secure their units’ longevity and efficacy.
Ready to Upgrade Your Toilet Experience?
In a world of napkins and handkerchiefs, bidets offer the comfort and hygiene of a warm bath. Going the DIY route may open a Pandora’s box of risks. Having a licensed plumber install your bidet guarantees that your regular-to-bidet-toilet upgrade doesn’t rob you of your complete peace.
So, the next time you decide to install a bidet with your existing toilet seat, don’t forget to ring up a professional. You’re not only securing a safe and efficient installation but also keeping your water supply contamination-free. After all, isn’t it easy-going when you know the seat of comfort in your bathroom is securely, safely, and correctly installed?
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