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Bidet toilet seats are becoming more common

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  • Bidet toilet seats are getting a lot of attention these days as American homeowners consider their bathroom-technology options.

      Bidet toilet seats are getting a lot of attention these days as American homeowners consider their bathroom-technology options.
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By Ed Del Grande

Q. We are planning a bathroom renovation. I want to add a separate bidet plumbing fixture next to our toilet, but my wife says a bidet will take up too much space. I have seen that many high-end master bathrooms feature a bidet, and for resale value I want to include all the bells and whistles in our new bathroom. Can you please help us decide and give us more information about including a bidet in a bathroom?

A. I've never installed "bells and whistles" in a bathroom, but with all the new electronic plumbing technology available today, I guess actual bells and whistles are possible!

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As far as bidets, I can tell you that for many decades in Europe, installing a separate bidet fixture has been pretty common. Here in America, for some reason, we have not gone that "bidet crazy."

But a fairly new plumbing accessory is starting to change all that.

Bidet toilet seats are getting a lot of attention.

First, they save space because a bidet toilet seat allows one fixture to function as both a bidet and a toilet. Second, even though they are a high-end accessory, they can be a little more affordable to install over a separate bidet fixture that requires extra plumbing work. Finally, because they use electricity, you can add comfort "bells and whistles" like a remote control, warm-water wash cycles, nightlights and a heated seat.

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit or write Always consult local contractors and codes.

Scripps Howard News Service

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