When it comes to our toilets, most of us are pretty particular about how we like things. We may have our own method for flushing or a certain way we like to keep the seat down.
But what do you do when your toilet won’t cooperate with your usual routine? If you’ve been using a bidet and your toilet seat won’t close afterward, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Reason 1: The Toilet Seat Is Not Level
Toilet seats are usually made of hard plastic or ceramic. They tend to be slightly rounded on the bottom.
When you attach a bidet to the toilet seat, it creates an additional point of contact that can throw off the balance of the seat. As a result, the seat may rock back and forth or even slide off entirely.
Step 1: Use a level to check if your toilet seat is level.
Step 2: If it is not, then you’ll need to adjust the hinges.
Reason 2: Something Is Blocking The Seat
Another reason why your toilet seat might not be closing properly is that something is blocking the seat.
This can be anything from a loose screw to a piece of debris that has become lodged under the seat. In most cases, you will be able to see what is blocking the seat and simply remove it. However, if you cannot see what is blocking the seat, you may need to disassemble the toilet seat to find the obstruction.
Step 1: Inspect the toilet seat for any obstructions. If you can see what is blocking the seat, simply remove it.
Step 2: If you cannot see what is blocking the seat, you may need to disassemble the toilet seat to find the obstruction.
Step 3: Once you have found the obstruction, remove it and reassemble the toilet.
Reason 3: The Bidet Is Not Compatible With the Toilet.
Bidet comes in two types; elongated and round bidets. The elongated ones are a bit longer, and they will fit toilets that have an elongated bowl.
On the other hand, round bidets are shorter, and they will fit toilets with a round bowl. If you try to install a round bidet on an elongated toilet or vice versa, it will not fit properly, and this can prevent the seat from closing all the way.
Step 1: Measure your bowl. Elongated bowls have a measurement of 18 inches or more. Round bowls typically have a shorter measurement, usually between 16 – 17.5 inches.
Step 2: Inspect the bidet to see if there is enough clearance and if it’s the right one for the type of toilet bowl. Do this by using a measuring tape to measure the distance between the bidet and the front of the toilet bowl. The bidet should have at least six inches of clearance on all sides.
Step 3: If the bidet does not have enough clearance, you will need to purchase a bidet that’s compatible with your toilet type/size.
Reason 4: Installation Not Done Correctly.
Your toilet seat might not be closing properly with a bidet attached due to how the bidet was installed. For the bidet to function properly, it needs to be installed in the correct position. If it is not installed in the correct position, it can prevent the seat from closing.
Step 1: Inspect the bidet to make sure it is installed in the correct position. The bidet should be level and flush with the floor.
Step 2: If the bidet is not installed in the correct position, you will need to uninstall it and reinstall it according to the instructions that came with it. Doing this will solve an issue with installation.
Reason 5: The Bolts Are Loose.
Another reason your toilet seat might not be closing properly with a bidet attached is that the bolts that hold the bidet in place are loose. If the bolts are loose, the bidet can move around, which can prevent the seat from closing all the way.
Step 1: Inspect the bolts that hold the bidet in place to see if they are loose. If they are, you will need to tighten them.
Step 2: Use a wrench to tighten the bolts until they are snug. Be careful not to over tighten them, as this could damage the bidet.
Step 3: Once you have tightened the bolts, test to see if the seat closes properly.
Reason 6: The Bolts or Screws Used to Secure the Bidet to the Seat Are Too Long.
Lastly and for some weird reason, your toilet seat might not be closing with a bidet attached because the bolts or screws that are used to secure the bidet to the toilet are too long.
Step 1: Inspect the bolts or screws that are used to secure the bidet to see if they are too long. If they are, you will need to replace them with shorter ones.
Step 2: Use a wrench to remove the bolts or screws that are currently in place. Be sure to save these in case you need to use them again in the future.
Step 3: Find replacement bolts or screws shorter than the ones you removed.
Step 4: Use the wrench to secure the replacement bolts or screws in place.
Step 5: Once you have replaced the bolts or screws, test to see if the seat closes properly.
In case you have recently installed a bidet and the toilet seat remains lifted afterward, you may need to fix that as well. Follow this nice demonstration to solve-
If your toilet seat won’t close with a bidet attached, there are several possible reasons. These can range from the bidet not being compatible with the toilet to the bolts or screws used to secure the bidet being too long.
All of these issues can be easily resolved by following the solutions outlined above. With a bit of troubleshooting, you should be able to get your toilet seat to close properly with a bidet attached. Good luck!