Cost of getting a bidet toilet seat installed
When it’s all said and done, installing a bidet toilet seat is pretty straight forward. The bidet seats sold on ManyBidets are designed to be installed by the purchaser without any help from a professional. This Do It Yourself (DIY) installation makes the purchase of a bidet toilet seat much more appealing to many shoppers. Most bidet toilet seats we sell are quickly installed without any help in under an hour.
There are times however when DIY just isn’t feasible or recommended. Many of the bidet seats on the market today use electricity to offer high end, luxury features. There are some basic requirements and recommendations to follow when installing an electric bidet toilet seat, as it relates to the outlet(see our electrical recommendations page). If your outlet does not meet these recommendations, you will need to get an electrician out to make the needed changes.
Beyond this, sometimes it’s just easier to have someone come out and take care of these things for you. Below we will talk about the different pricing areas you need to think about.
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How much does it cost to install a bidet toilet seat on your own?
Installing a bidet toilet seat yourself is by far the most cost effective option. Each seat comes with all the parts needed for installation, and a mounting kit. As referred to in our Different Kinds of Bidets article, electronic bidet seats have built in water heaters, so there is only one water connection needed to the cold water. This connection is made using a T valve and an extra hose that runs from this valve to the bidet. The electrical work often simply entails plugging the bidet toilet seat into the wall.
When connecting the water hose, do not over tighten. Plumbers tape is also recommended, and can be found at almost any local hardware store for around one dollar. This tape is applied to the threads of the bidet toilet seat hose before connecting it. The plumbers tape fills the small gaps that would otherwise have a possibility of leaking, giving you a leak free experience with your new bidet seat.
In most cases, connecting the bidet toilet seat to electricity is a simple process, simply plug it in! There are a couple of things that can make this process more complicated. The first of these is the location of the outlet. Most bidet toilet seat cords are only 4 feet long. If there’s an outlet close to the toilet, this length is fine. However, many bathrooms only have outlets near the sink, and depending on the layout of the bathroom, the cord may not reach. At this point, there are two different possible solutions. The easiest solution is to use an extension cord. If this route is chosen, it’s important to make sure the plug is located somewhere it will not get water on it. You’ll also want to make sure to use a high grade extension cord (rated at 1600W or more) with three prongs.
If you’re willing to pay an electrician to come out, they can install an outlet closer to the toilet, giving the bathroom a classier, cleaner look.
The second possible problem is the type of outlet installed in the bathroom. Bathroom outlets should have a built in ground fault interrupter (GFI). These outlets will trip themselves if there’s a short instead of having your circuit breaker trip. If you do not have one of these outlets installed in your bathroom, but you have an outlet close to the toilet, you can hire an electrician to install a GFI outlet, or install it yourself. If you decide to install it yourself, make sure to turn off the power on the home’s circuit breaker, before installing the new outlet. Also feel free to watch our; Installing a GFI outlet youtube video below(coming soon) for more details.
How much does it cost to have a plumber install a bidet toilet seat?
Having a plumber come out can be somewhat costly. Because of this, we recommend knowing exactly what you want the plumber to do before they come for a visit. The installation process of a bidet toilet seat is very straight forward. Any decent plumber or handyman should be able to install a bidet toilet seat without any problems in under an hour, as long as you have a GFI outlet installed near the toilet.
The price of a plumber varies from state to state and city to city, but you can expect to pay at least $50 an hour and but not more than $400 per hour. Often you can find a plumber that charges under $100. Since the job should not take more than an hour in the first place, the price really depends on pricing in your area. If you’re looking for someone who can do it for a little less, see if you can find a handyman who can come out to install your bidet toilet seat. Their rates are lower, and on a simple job, they can get it done just as quickly. Not sure where to find a plumber? Check out our: Where to find bidet seat installation help page. Here, you can get a few different quotes giving you a good idea how much it will cost for your unique bidet toilet installation job.
How much does an electrician cost if I need a new outlet?
When it comes to electric bidet toilet seats, hopefully your bathroom already has an outlet close to the toilet. If it doesn’t or if the outlet isn’t a ground fault interrupter(GFI) outlet, you’ll likely need to get an electrician involved. The normal price for installing an outlet is around $100. Sometimes it’s hard to find an electrician. If this is a problem you’re running into, Feel free to check out our Where to find bidet seat installation help page for assistance.
In conclusion, it’s much more cost effective to install a bidet yourself, but if you need assistance, asking for it won’t break the bank.