Have you ever used a bidet? In America, bidets are a novelty you sometimes see in upscale hotels or a wealthy person’s home. However, in Europe, South America, and the Middle East, bidets are a commonplace fixture. Maybe if we learn a little more about them, we will be more comfortable with them in common usage!
The bidet originated in France in the early 18th century. In those days, toilet paper did not exist. Before toilet paper was invented, people used many methods of cleaning up. These included corncobs, leaves, and sometimes even handfuls of snow (brr!). This new method simply involved a bowl of water to splash on and clean up with. The bidet offered a hygienic and more comfortable alternative.
So why bidet today? The bidet offers an environmentally friendly alternative to toilet paper. On average, Americans use upwards of 8 million tons of toilet paper per year. That’s a lot of 2-ply! Cleansing with a bidet is more hygienic than using toilet paper. It’s also more gentle on the skin. It may take some getting used to, but it would be worth it in the long run!
The question you’re now asking is how much this bidet is going to run you. While upper-end bidets can be in the $1,500 range, you can find them for as little as $100. You can choose to have a separate bidet or a bidet seat that fits over your toilet. Another option is to have a bidet toilet installed, which actually has the sprayer attached inside. There are many choices available to you if you want to give the bidet a try!
Once you have reached a decision, give Express Plumbing Heating & Air a call. Our experienced technicians are standing by. Let us install your new fixture for you today!