All bidet accessories and bidet toilet seats get water from their pipes. That means no, they don't recycle water that has already been in the toilet bowl and they don't draw water from the toilet cistern either. It's the same fresh, clean water you use to wash your hands or take a shower. The water used in the bidet wash does not come from the toilet bowl.
It comes directly from your water supply and is sanitary, just like drinking water. There's no need to worry about whether the water that is washing your back is safe. Connecting the new electronic bidet toilet seat to your home's water supply is quick and easy. Most electric bidet seats on the market today come with a T-connector.
If you end up buying one that doesn't, you can easily find them at the local hardware store. The T-connector is installed on the end of the hose leading to the toilet. This allows the electric bidet toilet seat to share the water leading to the toilet. Because most electric bidet toilet seats have built-in water heaters, the connection only needs to go to the cold water supply.
A bidet is a plumbing fixture that is installed as a separate unit in the bathroom, in addition to the toilet, shower and sink, which users must straddle. Some bidets resemble a large sink, with faucets and a stopper so they can be filled; other designs have a spout that flashes water to aid in cleaning. Today's article looks at whether the bidet water is clean. Where does the water in the bidet come from? Does it come from the toilet or from a special tank? It seems that questions related to hygiene and sanitation tend to arise first when people start researching the topic.
Non-electric bidets and hand-held sprayers can be equipped with a water filter, but can have a negative effect on water pressure. For those in a hurry, here's a quick experiment where I tested contaminant levels in the bidet and shower water (testing a sample of each) so I could compare the results. The water in the bidet is as clean as the water in. Bidet water has more in common with shower water than toilet water.
And just like with a bathroom, the cleanliness of the water is partly influenced by the cleanliness of the appliance. Therefore, it's a good idea to clean your bidet as you would with any other bathroom accessory. Bacteria testing is the most important thing for hygiene. Testing for heavy metals, nitrates and pH.
It's a test less relevant to our purposes, but I'm just being thorough. With all but one measure, zinc, which only matters for drinking water, and is barely out of range anyway. Note that the specific results apply to my water supply, but the take-home message is that there was no difference between the two samples. The bidet water comes from a house's cold service lines that feed the property's cold water appliances (for example,.
With electric bidets, water is heated and often filtered before being sent through the spout. Some non-electric bidets receive water from hot water lines. That is, some hand-held sprayers come with special plumbing equipment that allows you to connect the sprayer supply hose directly to the house pipe. Others can be connected directly to the bathroom faucet.
This is for bidet users who prefer handheld sprayers but want to use warm water. European-style bidets (the freestanding type) are connected to the pipes in the house in the same way as a bathroom sink. They are basically small sinks (although some are vertical spray) that come with a faucet, sink, and P-trap (special plumbing). The water in the bidet never comes out of the toilet.
This applies to both electric and non-electric bidets. Each bidet comes with a Y-connector (or T-connector) that diverts water before it reaches the toilet. Water is redirected to the seat or accessory before being sent through the spout. I'm not sure what people have in mind when they imagine a bidet using toilet water, but you can be sure that the water doesn't divert from the toilet bowl and redirects to the wand.
I want to be thorough, so here's another related question. I imagine that the water in the tank, while unpleasant, would be less daunting than the prospect of bidets using water directly from the cup. The water in the bidet does not come out of the tank. In fact, water that would otherwise have gone to the toilet cistern is redirected to the bidet.
From the shut-off valve, water is sent through a supply hose to a Y-connector that directs some water to the bidet and the rest to the tank. Women often use the bidet for general front cleaning and some find it useful for douching. Some feminine hygiene protocols require longer sessions, which means greater exposure of the perennial region to water that may or may not be clean. Bidets are generally considered safe for both men and women, but some users have reported infections that may or may not have been caused by the use of the bidet (source).
It is believed that the small association may be due to anatomical abnormalities in those who reported the problems. All other things being equal, washing with water is more hygienic than using paper, but a washing session is as hygienic as the water being used. And, if one were to use dirty water, it would frustrate the purpose of using a bidet in the first place. As I mentioned in the article on the best bidets for women, girls are at a higher risk than men of developing urinary tract infections, so it's especially important to be very careful when using clean water.
A related question I get from time to time is whether bidets tend to defecate in them. With modern bidets, there is a nozzle that is permanently INSIDE the toilet and that shoots water under the buttocks. It is difficult to imagine that the mouthpiece will not be regularly subjected to a shower of water contaminated with poop. If that happened, the bidet water wouldn't clean.
And there would be a sense in which you could say that bidets use toilet water. The water in the bidet is not dirty or dangerous. Bidets don't use water from the toilet bowl or tank, but from the same water lines that supply other bathroom accessories, such as the sink and shower. In addition, bidets can be equipped with water filters to further ensure a hygienic cleaning experience.
Anyway, it was an interesting question to answer, because people often consider switching to a bidet precisely because they want a deeper clean than toilet paper offers. I'm sure you're happy to know that bidets don't draw water from the tank. And I'm sure you're thrilled that high-tech toilets don't divert the feces you dropped into the toilet bowl just to point it back at your butt. The water used by electric bidets is always clean, assuming you keep the filter up to date.
The water used by non-electric bidets is as clean as the water that comes out of the tap. A water supply line is a water supply line. But, for whatever reason, it seems that the water that your house sends to the toilet (which comes in through the shut-off valve) would be dirtier than the water that is sent to the bathroom sink. I know I've always thought twice about drinking water from the bathroom sink (filling a cup), but I don't hesitate to drink a full glass of water that comes out of the kitchen sink.
However, while the city sufficiently treats most of the water, some areas are known to have poor quality drinking water, which means that some cities are less effective with their water treatment. So, if you live in an area that is known to have spoiled drinking water, you'll want to think about buying a filter bidet. If you plan to do any deep cleaning (feminine hygiene bidets or DIY enemas), then it's very important that you make sure you use clean water. The information contained in Home Improvement Dude is intended for educational and informational purposes only.
None of the Home Improvement Dude articles have been evaluated by the USDA, FDA, or other federal agencies. No information about Home Improvement Dude is intended to replace your doctor's advice, nor is any information on the site intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease, disease, or condition. In several European countries, the law now requires that a bidet be present in every bathroom that contains a toilet bowl. In general, the water in a cold water bidet is at room temperature, since there is no system that cools the water.
Originally with faucet-type bidets, you would have to get up, walk to detach the attachment, bend down awkwardly, and adjust your body so that the water hits the right place. This is usually the same source of water that supplies the shower, sink, bathtub, and refrigerator (unless you have a special filtration system installed). As bidets gain popularity, questions arise about how they work, including the source of the water. I wanted to review these seats because they offer a lot more features than most bidets in the same price range.
Now you know where bidet water comes from and why it's a better option for going to the bathroom in general than just using toilet paper. A bidet can be a movable or fixed spout, either attached to an existing toilet at the back or side of the toilet, or replacing the toilet seat. New and unused means that the bidet has not been installed, used or altered in any way and remains in resale condition. Such attachable bidets (also called combination toilets, bidet accessories or additional bidets) are controlled mechanically, by turning a valve, or electronically.
These bidet toilets, along with the toilet seat and bidet units (to convert an existing toilet) are sold in many countries, including the United States. Bidet attachments are sometimes included in hospital toilets because of their usefulness in maintaining. The traditional separate bidet is like a sink that is filled with clean water and then can be used for many other purposes, such as washing your feet. In the early 1980s, Japan's electronic bidet was introduced, with names such as Clean Sense, Galaxy, Infinity, Novita, and non-electric accessories such as Gobidet.