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If you are wondering how to install a handheld bidet spray follow these 10 simple steps. The install should take no more than 30 minutes. There are many different types of toilets but the majority have a visible water feed going straight into the toilet cistern or tank. If your toilet is built into the wall, don’t worry you can still install a bidet spray but you might need to organise a plumber, who will fit the bidet T valve next to your toilet bowl.
How to Install a Handheld Bidet Spray
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to install a Handheld Bidet Spray
- Turn the water off
Most toilet cistern water feeds have a ball valve which enables you to turn the water off by the toilet. If you don’t have one of these ensure the water is turned off at the main stopcock.
- Separate the water pipe from the toilet cistern
Remove the flexi water feed pipe that connects to the cistern. Even though there is water in the cistern, it is not usually necessary to empty the water from the cistern.
- Wind PTFE tape on to the T valve threads
Using PTFE tape, wind the tape in a clockwise direction around the 2 male threads of the T valve, with approximately 10 turns.
- Attach T valve to the cistern
Ensure the rubber washer provided is in place, fit the T valve to the plastic inlet pipe on the cistern. Hand-tight and one turn with the wrench is usually sufficient. Do not overtighten.
- Attach water feed pipe
Attach the water feed pipe to the bottom of the T valve and tighten using a wrench.
- Attach bidet hose
Attach the bidet hose to the final outlet on the T valve. Hand-tight should be sufficient. Do not overtighten.
- Attach spray nozzle
Attach the spray nozzle provided, to the end of the shower hose. Hand-tight is sufficient. Do not overtighten.
- Turn on water
Turn the water feedback on using the ball valve or mains stopcock in step 1.
- Check for leaks
Check all the connections for leaks. If any of the joints have a small weep, take a 1/4 turn with the wrench this is usually sufficient to stop any water drips.
- Remove the air
Turn the bidet spray on at the T valve then point the spray in the toilet bowl and slowly engage the trigger on the spray head. This will remove any air in the spray hose system. You are now ready to go!
What are the Alternatives to a Handheld Bidet Spray?
Having a handheld bidet spray installed professionally can be expensive. There are however many bidet devices that are inexpensive including electric travel bidets and electric bidet toilet seats, which you could use if you are unable to have handheld bidet spray installed in your home.
The Pros and Cons of Using a Bidet
There has been very little choice when it comes to cleaning yourself after using the toilet. People have used toilet paper for hundreds of years but now innovation and technology is giving new options when it comes to cleaning our butts. Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of using a bidet.
- Super Fast Cleaning
- More Sanitary cleaning
- Save money on toilet paper
- Better for the environment
- Pain-free cleaning
- No more using toilet wipes
- Great for septic tanks
- No more blocked toilets
- Getting used to a new habit
- Installation of a new device
- The initial cost of buying a bidet