If you’re looking for an extra feature that will give your bathroom a more luxurious feeling, you may wish to consider installing a bidet. Bidets are items which we are making a comeback at the moment, and they are ideally suited to any bathroom style. These fixtures are a great choice if you value a stylish bathroom with an emphasis on hygiene, they say cleanliness is next to godliness after all!There are numerous designs out there to pick from, so you can coordinate your bidet and toilet regardless of whether you have a traditional or more contemporary setting. In this guide we will explain how to properly install a bidet, ensuring no leaks or drips. Don’t be put off by the fact that this feels like a big job, because it can be surprisingly straight forward…
The installation process
Step One – Water supply lines
Your main water supply should be turned off before beginning this installation.
The first thing you need to do is decide exactly where the bidet will go (usually this is near the toilet for convenience). Once positioned, ensure that your water and drain supply pipes are correctly aligned with the bidet. Once you’re happy with the location, attach a braided metal riser for both the hot and cold supply lines.
Step Two – Attach the bidet mixer
The next stage is to secure the mixer (also known as the faucet) to the bidet. Use the mounting hole as a guide for this, to ensure it is inserted properly. The washers should then be threaded onto the underside of the mixer to tighten it to the body of the bidet. Plumber’s putty can be added to the base of the mixer to allow it to fasten to the bidet much more effectively once you’re happy with the way it fits. Install the drainage elements in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any mishaps.
Step Three – Drilling the holes
Draw an outline of the bidet on the floor and mark out where the hold-down bolts will be placed. Carefully drill some pilot holes as a guide, using a good quality carbide-tipped drill to prevent any damage to your tiles. You’ll find that these drill bits will be much more effective at going through tiles. Once this is done, insert the hold-down bolts and tighten them.
Step Four – Making a connection
Now you want to make sure that everything is connected properly. Attach your hot and cold water supply risers to their correct positions. These should first be hand tightened thoroughly before being further tightened with a wrench to make sure they are fully secured. With this done you can install the P trap. This is an integral aspect as it allows for effective drainage. Make sure it is fitted the correct way around, and attach one end to the drain tailpipe and the other to your drain line and tighten fully to prevent any leaking.
Step Five – Sealing
You’ve made it to the final stage (hoorah!), now you just simply need to use a silicone sealant to secure the base of the bidet to the floor. This is easy enough, as long as you make sure you remove any excess before it is allowed to try as you may struggle with this later if you don’t. With the bidet finally ready to go, all you need to do now is turn on the water and check for any leaks. Your bathroom will now have an extra touch of sophistication that will provide you with a stylish, practical addition.
* While we understand that you may be interested in fitting a bidet yourself, it may be a better option to hire a professional if you aren’t confident of your own abilities to avoid the risk of anything going wrong.
Rob, Victorian Plumbing