If the area of the toilet does not allow you to install a bidet, the alternative is a hygiene shower. In another way, it is also called a "shower-bidet". This is a practical and convenient solution for personal hygiene, for which you do not need to allocate a bathroom area. Having installed such a shower on the toilet, you will create the conditions for maintaining intimate hygiene.
Features and functions
Due to the compactness of the shower-bidet can be installed even in the bathroom with a very modest area. That is why this is a frequent choice of clean people living in apartments with oversized toilet, when you can not install a bidet. The hygienic shower design includes a watering can with a hose, a holder, and a mixer. There is a button on the watering can to prevent water from escaping (for water to flow, press the button).
The main purpose of the hygienic shower is personal hygiene. Its installation is carried out instead of a bidet, since the shower is more advantageous both with its small dimensions and the lower cost of the device. The hygienic shower simplifies the care of children or seriously ill people. It is convenient for washing in case of diseases of the rectum or problems in gynecology. You can connect such a shower to the bathtub, to the toilet, to the sink, and to the riser.
The drawback of the device is the water dripping from the watering can after shutdown. Also, in some cases, repairs need to be made for the installation, and the splashes that appear during use cause additional cleaning. After stopping the use of the shower, you need to wait a bit, so that the remaining water of the glass in the toilet.
Normally, the water is manually adjusted after the shower is turned on, waiting for the desired temperature, but models are also offered in which the preset water temperature is maintained by the built-in thermostat. Such a mixer is more economical (you do not have to wait until the water flows to the desired degree of heating) and safe (there is no risk of burns when turning on).
Advantages for using a hygienic shower are many, consider the main ones:
- Easy enough installation. You can connect the hygienic shower in the way that is more convenient for you, and you can fix the watering can of the device on any surface.
- Versatile use. Thanks to this technique, you can take care of yourself, and for a sick person, and for a child. Also, the presence of a watering can with a flexible hose is useful when cleaning in a bathroom, washing the toilet bowl, a baby pot, a cat tray and the like.
- Relatively low price. Mounting the bidet will cost more, and installing a hygienic shower in the wall version is a more affordable way, as it requires the purchase of only a special mixer, as well as a holder and a hose with a watering can.
- Compact size and the ability to carry out all the procedures in one place. If you compare with the bidet, then these nuances will be a significant advantage. Since the bidet installation standards provide for the location of this sanitary unit at some distance from the toilet, it is more convenient to use a shower that is as close as possible, since it is possible to stay in one place.
There are several options for a hygiene shower.
If in the bathroom next to the toilet there is a sink, it is most convenient to install the mixer on it, and hang the watering can on the wall near the toilet. Also, the watering can be fixed directly on the sink - this is convenient, since after shutting off the droplets will go straight to the sink.
The wall model of the shower is fully attached to the wall. Its faucet is installed on the pipe, and the watering can is fixed by a special holder to the wall next to it.
There is an embedded model, concealing the construction of the hygienic shower, in addition to the special panel left on the surface. Aesthetically, this option is more advantageous, but it requires installation during repair. If the repair has already been carried out, and you are thinking about the integrated hygiene shower model, you will have to perform a certain amount of repair work anew.
Before installation, check whether all components are in stock.
Recall that the set should include:
- watering can;
- wall holder;
Mounting the wall model includes:
- Stopping the flow of water (by blocking it on the riser), the nuts are wound on the pipes, and then the mixer is screwed to them.
- Then a hose is connected to it, and the watering can is placed in a holder mounted on the wall.
Installation of the wall model is quite simple, because special piping is not required. But if you are not sure of your abilities, you can pay for installation to a person who will execute it for you.
It is slightly more difficult to install a latent hygienic shower, but the result will be appreciated by a space saving and a neat view of the bathroom.
Installation of a latent hygienic shower:
- After cutting a niche in the wall and laying the fence, the mixer is installed in a niche, after which pipes are connected to it, which are hidden in the wall.
- Next, install the joystick lever, as well as the watering can and hose.
Hygienic shower can also be mounted on the toilet, but this option is not considered the most convenient and cheap. It requires the purchase of a new toilet bowl and rework wiring.
Mounting the shower with a sink
If there is a sink in the bathroom, it is quite easy to install a shower-bidet on it. To do this, you just have to change the mixer.
You will need to purchase a faucet with access to a hygienic shower - with a retractable hose and watering can, on which there is a button. Such a mixer is characterized by high reliability and convenience. Including the device, the water will flow first into the sink to allow you to adjust its temperature. Then, pressing the button on the watering can, the water is sent to the shower.
The shower-bidet connection is also possible with the mixer, which is used for the installation of a conventional shower. This option is applicable for a combined bathroom. In this case, a separate installation of the sink in the toilet is not needed.
It should be ensured that at the time when the shower is not being used, the tap has been closed, otherwise the watering can and the hose due to the water pressure may be damaged.
Connecting the thermostat
The hygienic shower option with the thermostat is very convenient, since it allows not to set the temperature for each use, but to set its optimum level once, and then just use the shower.
Note that a shower with a thermostat is especially convenient for families with small children. Such a model of a hygienic shower is more expensive, but the flow of water is reduced, because you will not need to pass water to wait for the optimal temperature.
A convenient option is to install a built-in thermostat, and you can also install an integrated mixer.
In this case, the installation of the hygiene shower will provide for The presence of a special tap, represented by a metal element, which receives water. A hose is connected to this element. In some manufacturers, a special tap of this type also serves as a holder for the watering can, which is very convenient in a situation with a minimum size of a bathroom.
In the case of installing a shower equipped with a thermostat, as with the installation of a shower on a sink, it is important to ensure that the watering can and the hose do not remain pressurized at all times (the water on the mixer and the thermostat must be switched off). If this condition is not met, the watering can quickly go out of operation.
As already mentioned, the faucet for such a plumbing apparatus, as a hygienic shower, is wall or built-in. What kind of installation of the mixer to choose, the owner of the apartment decides, given his wishes.
The wall version is installed straight on the pipes, which pass in the bathroom. For this purpose, you can use almost any mixer, which has a hose outlet for the shower. Having installed such a mixer, the hose is fastened to it, and then connect it to the hygienic watering can. The holder, on which the watering can hang, is installed directly on the toilet bowl or on the wall next to it.
With the integrated version, the mixer is hidden behind the panel, which is fixed on the wall. This will help to hide the liner inside the wall, so that it does not come across the eyes of users. Such a mixer works on the same principle as all the others, only water comes from behind the wall by means of a hose connected to the watering can on one side and to the mixer on the other.
Other types of shower-bidets
For personal hygiene, you can buy a special toilet model, combined with a bidet. In this toilet, the shower is built-in.
On sale it is also possible to see special bidet lids built in the toilet, which also have the function of a hygienic shower. Selecting such a cover, you install a shower directly in the toilet seat.
Read more about them in the article about the lid-bidet for the toilet.
The cover-bidet is quite a versatile option, because it can be supplemented with different functions, for example, in the seat you can install a hairdryer. An electric control panel is provided to control this device. Both the toilet-bidet and the bidet cover are quite expensive options, but they have more convenience and practicality than a normal hygienic shower.
An alternative can be a toilet with a built-in hygienic shower.