Why are Bidets Better than Toilet Paper?

The recent shortage of toilet paper has resulted in a surge of interest in bidets. Google searches for bidet have increased tenfold because people are looking for alternatives. Bidets have all sorts of advantages besides allowing you to feel smug walking past the empty toilet roll shelves at the local supermarket.

What’s a bidet?

None of this is news to folk in other parts of the world. In some European countries, a bidet has to be present in every bathroom with a toilet in it. Broadly speaking, there are two types of bidet.  The French variety is a separate fixture that is used for nothing else but cleaning your nether regions with a well-directed spray of water.

It’s essentially an oval ceramic bowl with a tap and a drain. Clearly they need to be plumbed in and you have to have the space for one. Metropolitan Plumbing can help to supply and install these sorts of bidets, along with regular cistern repair and installation. The other sort of bidet has a stack of names including Japanese toilet seat, bidet toilet seat, washlet, combined toilet bidet, electronic bidet or bidet seat attachment.

Why install a bidet?

For one, you’ll be a lot cleaner.  In case you didn’t know, bidets are toilet plumbing fixtures that spray water on your bum to clean it.  No need to wipe with paper. That means if you have trouble with rashes or haemorrhoids things will be a lot more comfortable.  The other big advantage is environmental.  Whole forests are felled to supply the demand for toilet paper.

The less paper used, the more trees there are.  And there are benefits for your plumbing as well.  A lot of toilet blockages are caused by too much toilet paper.  So if you’re not putting any paper through the sewer, you are substantially reducing the chances of blocking up your drains.

Can I convert my toilet into a bidet?

What they are is a toilet seat that incorporates the spray function.  They use the same water supply that fills the cistern to deliver the cleansing spray.  The seat fits on existing toilets and is easy to install if you’ve got somewhere handy to plug it in.

A powerpoint or electrical connection is needed, hence the other (and final) name, electric bidet.  At Metropolitan we have the expertise to install a bidet toilet seat properly and neatly. The last thing you want in the bathroom is an extension cord on the floor waiting to trip you up.

Once installed, there are benefits for the elderly and less mobile in having a toilet set up that cleans you up on the spot, so to speak.  For people with restricted movement, this represents a real boost to independence.  And it saves trying to get hold of toilet paper.

Can I DIY install bidets?

People are being warned by the Master Plumbers’ Association and other organisations such as the Queensland Building and Construction Commission not to install DIY hoses and bidets. This type of installation is illegal and could put the health and safety of your family at risk.

The QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, stressed that there was a risk of contaminating water supplies with E. coli bacteria.  “If you’re not a licensed plumber, it’s illegal to do plumbing work, and if you do, you can’t guarantee that your family’s health and your own health is protected,” said Mr Bassett.

Bidet Plumbing

Metropolitan Plumbing provides a range of plumbing services. All bidets and toilet plumbing can be done 24/7, every day of the year. We can even be at your door within the hour*. If you’re worried about the cost of your bidet or toilet plumbing service, we also have a range of $0 deposit, interest free** payment plans for you.

If you want more information about our range of bidet services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Published: 14 Apr, 2020

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