Ever thought of a water jet blasting your nether regions after using the toilet?
Well, times are gradually changing.
Bidets are progressively streaming into luxury markets.
Whether you install a freestanding bidet or a bidet toilet seat, you will enjoy the benefits offered by these bathroom fixtures.
They are more hygienic than toilet paper and are relatively easy to install.
So, Can A Bidet Be Installed In A Manufactured Home?
Yes, you can install a bidet in your manufactured home, provided you make modifications to satisfy the bidet’s plumbing requirements, including proper drainage and water supply. Even with a petite bathroom in your manufactured home, you can benefit from the greater autonomy and hygiene that bidets offer.
Why Would You Want One?
You will never understand the deep meaning of hygiene until you run short of toilet paper.
With bidets, you don’t have to worry as they offer an alternative to using toilet paper and, most importantly, they are impressively hygienic.
Think of it this way; when your hands are dirty, do you wipe them with a paper towel or wash them with water?
What is a bidet?
Why should any homeowner consider installing a bidet?
Is installing a bidet a DIY project?
How do you use a bidet?
In this article, you will find all you need to know about installing a bidet in your manufactured home.
Keep reading to understand how you can bring an ‘interesting’ experience to your bathroom.
What IS a Bidet?
If you live in a manufactured home, you might have seen a second porcelain trough next to the toilet during trips abroad. That thing is a bidet.
The Bidet is a classic, bathtub-like fixture installed in the bathroom next to the toilet and has a tap(s) on one end. It is designed to use a stream of water to perform a similar function to toilet paper, which makes it an essential element to bring to your manufactured home.
If bidet is completely new to you, it is essentially a fixture designed such that you can straddle or crouch over to clean your intimate parts after using the toilet.
The bidet was born in France in the 17th century, where French furniture-makers are credited with its invention.
However, no exact date is known, and it is unclear who invented it.
In the past few years, bidets have remained common in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
Recently, smart toilets and standalone bidets have been Americanized after US residents realized how these plumbing fixtures are useful.
Initially, Americans saw it impractical to spend money on a second bowel-like fixture.
All the same, bidets remain an excellent way to clean nether regions and successfully jettison body waste.
Although the first encounter can be daunting, they are extremely simple and hygienic to use.
The Six Types Of Bidets
Essentially, there are six types of bidets, and, of course, each has its pros and cons. Here are the different types.
1. Standalone (Ceramic) Bidets
These bidets have existed for years and a completely self-contained unit separate from the bowl where you accomplish the delicate mission.
Recent models have modern features like the option to switch from cold to hot water.
Because they eat a lot of space, they are not an ideal option if your manufactured home has a petite bathroom.
2. Handheld bidet sprayer
At its core, this is a hose connected to the toilet plumbing and has a nozzle on the other end.
If you like flexibility, when directing water to clean yourself, this is a great option.
Besides, it is cheaper to buy and install, without the hygienic benefits.
3. Built-in bidets
Also known as combo toilet, a bidet toilet seat is a perfect option if you have limited space in your bathroom.
This variant is a toilet that comes with a bidet built-in as a seamless appliance.
In other words, it is a 2-in-1 toilet plus bidet. It has a wide array of features with improved styling and upped functionality.
4. Bidet attachments
Common in American homes, a bidet attachment is designed to fit snuggly underneath the seat on an existing toilet bowl.
They are affordable, but with impressive features.
They come in wide ranges, from manual to impressively automated models, to suit your preference.
5. Bidet seat
This type replaces an exiting toilet seat with a seat that has a bidet already installed.
Featuring the most modern and technological features, these bidets are slightly expensive.
You can choose an eclectic or non-electric model, depending on your preference.
6. Portable Bidets
Only suitable if you are frequently traveling, portable or travel bidet is a bottle with an extended or angled nozzle for the spray function.
They are compact and inexpensive but offer a bidet experience similar to that of toilet models.
Like their peers, they come in electric and non-electric models.
Regardless of the types you choose, you will get a superb bidet experience and enjoy the super soothing benefits and hygiene offered by bidets.
Why Should You Install A Bidet In Your Manufactured Home? (5 Reasons)
This is not you giving a lecturer on personal hygiene, but if you do not use a bidet to wash your undercarriage after using the toilet, you are never clean.
When virtually anything, say dishes, gets dirty, we clean them by washing, not wiping, so why wipe your most intimate region and assume it’s clean?
If this is not enough reason, keep scrolling!
It goes without saying that the first reason you need to install a bidet in your manufactured home is to stay clean.
Every time you will confidently leave the bathroom knowing you’re clean and fresh.
2. Bidets are impressively hygienic
While using toilet paper is the norm in most manufactured homes, cleaning your nether regions with water is more hygienic.
Water is more thorough than wiping with toilet paper and allows you to clean up faster and more effectively.
3. Save on toilet paper and other expenses
When using a bidet, you need far less toilet paper, just a couple to dry yourself. You can use a clean towel to eliminate toilet paper use.
According to Brondell, you can save about $182 annually, depending on what type of bidet you install.
With bidets, you say goodbye to clogged pipes; therefore, saving on the cost of labor and grief of unclogging lines.
4. No more itching
Okay, you have been using toilet paper for considerably longer.
How many times have you had backside itching?
A toilet paper will smear the debris and leave it stuck there, which is irritant to the skin and will itch the entire day.
On the other hand, a bidet will spray the residue of your butt without getting water elsewhere.
5. Alleviate the symptoms of anal conditions
We tend to develop anal conditions like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and anal abscess.
Bidet provides the best sitz bath as you can get water running continuously at the desired temperature and pressure.
Various adjustments allow you to get the most comfortable experience.
They are great for people with disabilities, the aged, and kids who are toilet training.
Is Installing A Bidet DIY Project?
The prospect of any plumbing job can be overwhelming. In the land of DIYers, I simply mean America, you can install a bidet by yourself. However, this answer does not apply to the standalone bidet.
Standalone bidet models require brand new plumbing, which needs to be done by a licensed plumber. For other models that do not need extra plumbing, you can do it yourself.
How To Install A Bidet Seat (Most Common For Petite Manufactured Home Bathrooms)
Bidet toilet seat is designed to be installed by anyone, so if you’re a savvy DIYer, you will find it very easy. All you need is to pick the right one for your existing toilet.
1. Turn off the water supply valve
While this seems obvious, you can easily forget. Turn off the water supply to your toilet and flush the toilet to drain the water remaining in the tank.
2. Remove the existing toilet seat
To remove the old toilet seat, you need to loosen the nuts and bolts holding it in place. Because that is where the bidet sit will be installed, clean the rim after removing the seat to prepare it for bidet seat installation.
3. Install a T-valve on the existing supply line
The bidet seat comes with a T-valve that you will need to install. The valve diverts water between the bidet sprayer and the toilet.
4. Attach the mounting plate and install your bidet toilet seat
Position the mounting place on the back of the rim, align it with existing bolt holes, and secure it into place with bolts. Next, slide your bidet seat adjacent to the mounting plate until it fits snuggly.
5. Connect to water supply
Attach the hose to the remaining opening of the T-valve you installed and the other end to the connection of your bidet seat. Double-check to ensure connections are tight.
Open the water supply valve and start enjoying.
How To Use A Bidet
Essentially, bidets are meant to wash your genitals and anal area after using the toilet. Regardless of the model, you will find the easy to use.
- Familiarize with your bidet: Even if you have used a bidet before, yours could be different. Carefully look at the functions to understand how each works.
- Use the toilet first. Keep in mind that bidet is meant to help clean off after using the bathroom.
- For fear of getting your clothing wet, you can take them off.
- Straddle (depending on the type of bidet) while facing the bidet’s water controls.
- Clean yourself. Mostly, the jet will do the work. You can use a washcloth if you need extra cleaning.
- Dry your skin. The newest bidets have a built-in air dryer that you can opt to use or dry yourself with paper or a towel.
- Flush if the bidet is not self-cleaning.
- Wash your hands and walk out confidently.
Bidets are an effective and hygienic way to clean yourself after using the toilet.
Interestingly, they use the same clean water you get from the faucet to clean you without messing.
For this reason, installing a bidet in your manufactured home could be the only solution you need to save money and be hygienic.