Common Bidet Problems

Common problems with bidets tend to revolve around a lack of knowledge about how to use and properly maintain one.

Bidets have been around for a long time. Originating in France during the eighteenth century, they were primarily a source of personal hygiene for women. As time went on, their popularity with men and children increased. Today, millions of persons around the world use bidets to supplement their personal hygiene regimen.

However, some people find the idea of a bidet in their home to be problematic. Many of the issues can be traced back to a lack of proper information about what a bidet is, how it works, what types of models are available today, and what the requirements are for properly installing a bidet.

First and foremost, it is important to understand the purpose of a bidet. It is simply a means of practicing proper hygiene. The bidet utilizes a spray of water to cleanse the anal-genital area of the body. Cleansing with water allows a more thorough cleansing that simply using toilet paper. The added bonus is that for persons who have experienced discomfort from using even the softest toilet paper will find use of the bidet to be refreshing; not only from the perspective of the cleansing with water, but also by no longer having to use a paper product that they found to be irritating to their skin.

The first time a person encounters a bidet, there may be a degree of anxiety about how to go about using one. Using a bidet requires no great skill. Most of us have the capacity to sit and press a button or pull a lever.

A basic design for a bidet is often referred to as an over the rim model. With this type of bidet, water is secured using a regular faucet, just as one would find on the bathroom sink. The bowl of the bidet is filled and the water is used to cleanse the private areas.

Most bidets, however, work by using pressure to direct a stream of water at the area to be cleansed. Finer bidets allow for the adjustment of the water temperature and pressure, may be equipped with one or two nozzles, and often come with heated seats for additional comfort. After using the bidet to cleanse the private areas, one would simply use a towel to dry with, just as one would use a towel after taking a shower.

Space is also sometimes a problem when it comes to installing a bidet. Given the fact that many bathrooms are not sufficiently large to accommodate both a toilet and a bidet, there are two options that circumvent that problem. First, there are hand-held bidets that can be installed to work with an existing toilet. Typically, the hand-held bidet would be within easy reach of the toilet, and would function in a similar manner to a standard bidet. The second option would be to use a bidet kit to upgrade the existing toilet. The kit would provide a heated toilet seat and come with spray nozzles that could be attached under the rim of the existing toilet. Controls would be attached to the side of the tank or within easy reach on the wall. The controls would allow the user to adjust the temperature of the water and the amount of pressure needed for the cleaning.

Should your bathroom be large enough to accommodate a standard bidet, there is the question of the plumbing. Yes, some additional plumbing would be required for a stand alone bidet. Typically, however, it is no more difficult to install a bidet than it is to change out a toilet. Depending on the layout of the pipes for your bathroom plumbing, it may be a very simplistic task to tap into your existing lines without having to install separate lines for drainage.

Keep in mind that, based on need, there may be no reason to install a permanent bidet. In this situation, one of the hand held models would work just fine and could be easily disengaged once the requirement was no longer present. This is a particularly good solution for persons who live in apartments or rent homes where the owners may be less than enthusiastic about a tenant installing a permanent bidet.

Some people wonder about the process of cleaning a bidet. The process is no different from cleaning a toilet. Manufacturers tend to build bidets of materials that one would normally use to clean porcelain toilets and chrome faucets. Any standard cleanser that is usable on faucets will work for the spray nozzles on the bidet. The bidet proper can easily be cleaned with whatever one uses for the toilet.

Historically, bidets were most popular in countries where proper hygiene did not involve taking a bath or shower daily. Nevertheless, even in cultures where it is customary to bathe daily, a bidet can be that one extra step to ensure persons feel refreshed and clean.

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