Thinking of adding a bidet to your bathroom? Bidets are becoming more and more popular in recent years, especially among certain age groups. While it’s a hard sell for some, the benefits of a bidet are easy to list, especially if you own a septic tank. In fact, it is better to use a bidet to replace toilet paper if your home relies on a septic system instead of a city sewer system. Learn more about the benefits by reading more below.
How Does a Bidet Affect a Septic System?
The idea behind a bidet is that you could clean yourself after using the toilet quicker and more thoroughly with a stream of water than you could with sheets of toilet paper. With a clean feeling more like a refreshing shower, many who try bidets end up preferring them.
Replacing toilet paper use with a bidet not only saves you money on toilet paper, it is more environmentally friendly and can leave you feeling cleaner. Since toilet paper takes time to break down, homes with septic tanks often need to use toilet paper sparingly. Switching to a bidet is a no-brainer when you have to depend on a septic system; the added water ends up getting released safely into the drainfield.
Toilet paper is often the culprit behind some of the most common toilet clogs as well. Many bidet owners either reduce their toilet paper use or cut it out of their lives entirely. If you have been using the trash can method to spare your septic tank some strain, or if you keep dealing with papery clogs, why not switch to a bidet?
How Can I Add a Bidet to my Toilet?
Some toilets are built with bidets attached, but in the United States, this is rare. Several companies have found success selling bidet add-ons that fit onto most toilets. Generally, these connect to the cold water line already going to the toilet’s water tank, and mount underneath the toilet seat. Setup with basic models only takes a few minutes. Advanced bidets have different spray settings, water heating capabilities, and more. A simple bidet could even be added to the toilet in an apartment or rental home and removed just as easily.
If you have been on the fence about switching to a bidet, consider doing it to save your septic tank. It could even give you more time between septic pumping appointments, potentially saving you even more money.