Bidets are commonly used in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and have started to catch on in Australia over the past few years. In Australia the thought of using water to clean one’s nether region seems unusual but it’s no different to what we do when we take a shower every day.
Why Install a Bidet?
There’s basically no pretty way of putting it, Bidets are plumbing fixtures designed to spray water on your bottom so you can clean it. There’s no need for toilet paper and if you have any skin allergies, haemorrhoids, or other conditions, using a bidet is a lot less painful than using toilet paper.
Bidets act as an alternative to toilet paper and are used to clean oneself after we use the toilet. They’re generally located beside or near your toilet and are:
- More efficient than toilet paper
- More economical than toilet paper
- More eco-friendly than toilet paper
Why are Bidets eco-friendly and economical?
Toilet paper is a single-use product. Even toilet paper made from recycled material is not that environmentally friendly as it has only one use. Toilet paper also becomes quite costly depending on how many people live in your home, the ongoing cost adds up.
An environmental study found that less water is consumed through bidet use than through the process that is required to manufacture toilet paper.
Whilst the recent toilet paper craze has died down, it has opened a lot of people’s eyes to the usefulness and practicality of a bidet. Not only are they economical and eco-friendly, but they’re also incredibly hygienic. Once people get over the unnecessary stigma that surrounds a bidet, we can embrace them in much the same way that they’re embraced overseas.
How to Install a Bidet
Standards Australia is now advising Australians to only use a plumbing professional to install a bidet facility in their home. In the interest of public health there is a very real need to have bidets and bidet items installed by a Licensed plumber in Melbourne, with the correct Backflow Prevention Device installed and tested. Without a correct BPD, faecal matter can enter and contaminate our public water supply causing infectious disease within our communities.
In Australia, our legal obligations with bidet installations means they must be connected to the public water supply and need to be undertaken by a licensed plumber. A licensed plumber in Melbourne will issue you with a certificate of compliance on completion of the Bidet installation, providing peace of mind that your product has been installed correctly and as per the Australian Standard. Read our blog to learn more about the difference between a Licensed Plumber and Registered Plumber.
What about Bidet Products?
When you purchase a Bidet product, you must be sure the bidet product you purchase must have an approved WaterMark certification and a licence number otherwise your plumber will not be able to install it.
With over 60,000 plumbing professionals across Australia, the safety of workers and the correct use of plumbing related products is extremely important.
Who Can Install my Bidet?
Its great people are inspired to DIY start projects; however, it is extremely important the installation of Bidet products is left to licensed plumbing professionals. Only a licensed plumbing professional can legally install your bidet or bidet product in Melbourne.
Essendon Plumbing Services have licensed plumbers experienced in Bidet Installations who can supply and install your bidet for you. If you’re not sure what type of bidet you need or what bidet would suit your bathroom best, we’ll provide FREE advice from our qualified plumbers on what would best suit your need and budget.
What are the Alternatives to toilet paper?
Put simply there is NO safe alternative to toilet paper when we talk about flushing it down the toilet. Toilet paper is specifically designed to break down quickly in the sewer systems. Flushing wipes down the toilet, whether labelled ‘flushable’ or not, can cause problems with your plumbing, contribute to blocked sewers and be expensive to repair.
Bidets are the only alternative but must be an approved WaterMark product and installed by a Master Licensed plumber.