For those who aren’t knowledgeable about bidets, the thought of installing one can be frightening. There’s a ton of uncertainty surrounding the installation of bidets.
Is a professional plumber needed to install one?
A plumber is not needed to install most bidets, as the process of installing the average bidet is quite simple. However, when installing more elaborate bidets, like the standalone bidet and built-in bidet, a plumber may be necessary.
This article will cover everything you need to know before installing a bidet, such as the necessary supplies, where to purchase a bidet, and a step-by-step guide for performing the installation!
Is A Plumber Needed To Install Most Bidets?
Home installation of bidet attachments is far more common than hiring professional help. This is because installing a bidet does not require professional plumbing knowledge in most cases.
Easy To Install Bidet Types
For the vast majority of bidets, the installation process is easy and can be successfully completed by virtually anybody.
The easiest bidets to install include:
- Handheld bidets
- Bidet seats
- Bidet attachments
While a plumber is not needed for the above bidets, it is still possible to consult one if you find yourself having trouble installing your bidet on your own.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!
Do All Bidets Require A Plumber?
If you are looking to install a standalone bidet or a built-in bidet, chances are you’ll need to contact a plumber to ensure that the bidet is installed correctly.
This is because there are intricate plumbing-related connections and processes involved which require professional plumbing knowledge.
What Do I Need Before Installing A Bidet?
This section will focus on the installation of a bidet seat, the most popular type of bidet used by the average consumer.
Before jumping into your installation, you’ll need to gather the necessary tools and supplies for your project.
Purchase Your Bidet
The first item you’ll need to purchase is the bidet itself. A bidet can be purchased at most big-box hardware stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, but they can also be found online for convenience.
Many seats range in pricing and features that they offer, so start by writing down your budget as well as which features you want.
Do you want something fancy, with an adjustable water temperature and a heated seat? Or are you looking for a bare-bones option that will save you money overall?
Luckily, there are plenty of seats on the market that can be easily found with a little bit of research, or by speaking to an associate at a home improvement store.
Gather Your Tools And Supplies
The next few things you’ll need for your installation are the appropriate tools and supplies.
The bidet seat you purchase should include all necessary hardware, but you will need tools in order to attach the seat to your toilet.
These tools may include:
- a wrench
- screwdriver (in some cases)
- a little bit of Teflon tape (optional)
Installing Your Bidet At Home
Now that you’ve gathered your tools and materials, you’re ready to begin the installation. This next section will go over the five easy steps for installing your bidet.
Disconnect The Water Supply
The first step to installing a bidet seat is to turn off the water supply to the toilet, by twisting the valve located behind the bowl.
Attach The Bidet’s T-Valve
Next, taking the bidet’s t-valve, attach the upper connection to the toilet tank. Then, take the disconnected water supply line and screw it into the lower connection of the t-valve.
MyOmigo (Link) recommends using a little bit of Teflon tape over this connection to ensure that it stays in place and doesn’t leak.
Remove The Toilet Seat
In order to install the bidet seat, you’ll need to remove your toilet’s current seat.
Fit The Mounting Plate
Any bidet seat you purchase will come with a mounting plate that will be mounted onto the rim of the toilet bowl, where the old toilet seat was stationed.
The mounting plate is a rectangular piece of plastic with two openings in the center, which — when placed correctly—will rest directly over the empty bolt holes in the toilet.
Next, take the mounting bolts included with your plate and screw them tightly into place. If done correctly, the mounting plate will be securely fastened to your toilet and ready to hold the bidet seat.
Slide The Seat Into Place
The final step is to simply slide the bidet seat onto the mounting plate. When the seat is in the correct position, you will hear a click.
Finally, turn the water supply back on, and you’re ready to use your new bidet!
The Cost Of Installing A Bidet?
Bidet seats are actually moderately priced to begin with and increase in cost depending on the model and features.
However, the overall cost of installation is fairly low considering the only real supplies you will need are the seat itself and a wrench.
The bidet seats from Bidet King we mentioned earlier range from $150 and go all the way to $1300.
As for the other supplies you’ll need, the average wrench costs around $6 while a roll of Teflon tape costs roughly $3. Therefore, the total cost of purchasing and installing a bidet seat using the costs we mentioned above is around $311.
Affordable Bidet Attachments
There are cheaper options out there, such as the bidet attachments.
Additional costs for installing this type of bidet are negligible.
Cost Of Installing A Bidet With A Plumber
For the purpose of this section, we will discuss the cost of installing a standalone bidet with a plumber.
The process of removing your toilet and installing a new one with a built-in bidet is far more expensive and considered a different renovation entirely.
According to Amazon, a standalone bidet retails for around $300, however that can easily reach up to $500 or more depending on the model.
Once purchased, you’ll need to contact a plumber to begin the installation.
While each plumber charges a separate rate, you can expect to pay an average of $45 to $200 per hour, according to Fixr (Link).
The length of the installation process can also vary, but Fixr recommends expecting at least two to three hours of professional labor. The cost of labor added to the cost of the standalone bidet equals a total cost of around $545.
Bidets are a great invention used to clean your private areas better than toilet paper can, leaving you feeling fresh and clean.
Though less popular in the United States, bidets are easy to install and can be done without a plumber. There are many different models on the market, and finding a bidet attachment that fits your budget is very easy.
This article covered everything you need to know to perform your own DIY bidet installation.
Now that you’ve equipped yourself with the necessary knowledge, get out there and start installing!