Where does the bidet wash water come from

Hygiene is one of the main reasons many people install a bidet toilet seat in their home.  However, there is a common misconception among those new to bidets about where the bidet water comes from.  Many people new to bidets think to themselves; “If it comes from the toilet bowel, doesn’t that make it less sanitary and hygienic?”.  If this were truly the case, yes, it would be less hygienic, but thankfully it is not!

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Is Bidet Water Sanitary and Hygienic?

There are a few different ways that bidet toilet seats can be connected to a water source.  Which of the methods is used really depends on the bidet toilet seat that’s being used.  Regardless of the bidet toilet seat you choose however, you can rest confident in the fact that you’re using clean water.  All of these systems connect to the home’s water supply, and some of them even have built in water filtration systems.  Others have additional sanitary measures utilizing water sterilization systems.  For seats that have neither of these features, water filters can be purchased, and installed in the water line before it enters the bidet seat.  While this practice is commonplace, it’s not a necessity.  The water in many homes today is more than clean enough for bidet toilet seat use even without a filter.  Now it’s time to talk a little about how bidet toilet seats, and bidet toilet seat attachments connect to your water supply.

Connecting your electronic bidet toilet seat to the water supply

Connecting your new electronic bidet toilet seat to your homes water supply is quick and easy.  Most electric bidet seats on the market today come with a T connector.  If you end up purchasing one that doesn’t, they can easily be found at local hardware store.  The T connector gets installed on the end of the hose leading to the toilet.  This allows the electric bidet toilet seat to share the water leading into the toilet.  Because most electric bidet toilet seats have built in water heaters, the connection only needs to go to the cold water supply.

Connecting your non-electric bidet toilet seat and attachments to the water supply.

There are two different kinds of non-electric bidets, those that offer warm water wash, and those that don’t.  If you choose a bidet seat attachment that does not offer warm water, the connection process is the same as it is for the electric bidet toilet seats.  Connecting a bidet seat attachment that does offer warm water washes is a different story.  Unlike electric bidet toilet seats, non-electric bidet toilet seats and attachments have no way to heat the water.  Since these bidet seats have no way to heat the water on their own, they need to rely on the warm water provided by the house’s water heater.  Most often the closest accessible warm water pipe is the one leading to the sink in the bathroom.  These warm water non electric bidet seats are not particularly hard to install, just keep in mind that instead of hooking up one hose, you’ll need to hook up two.

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