US 3430268 A
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March 4, 1969 J, ZOBERG 3,430,268
BIDET SYSTEM Filed sent. 26, 1967 Sheet of e INVENT OR Jose 0h Z oberg BY Qua/9 ATTDQNEXS Mafch 4, 1969 J, ZOBERG 3,430,268
BIDET SYSTEM Filed Sept. 26, 1967 Sheet 016 2 Q INVENTOR .32 Joseph Z oberg March 4, 1969 Sheetiofe) Filed Sept. 26, 1967 m 5 E W m we a w Z n 4 w a 0 J 0 N )0 M 1D 5 34 March 4, 1969 J. ZOBERG 3, 68
BIDET SYSTEM Filed Sept. 26, 1967 Sheet 4 of6 INVENTOR Jose oh Zoberg BY W 2 March 4, 1969 J. ZOBERG 3,430,263
BIDET SYSTEM Filed Sept. 26, 1967 Sheet 5 INVENT OR Joseph Zoberg BY @3741? Ami/w 5 March 4, 1969 J. ZOBERG 3,430,268
BIDET SYSTEM Filed Sept. 26, 1967 Sheet 6 of 6 Joseph Zoberp United States Patent 3,430,268 BIDET SYSTEM Joseph Zoberg, 590 Winthrop Road, Teaneck, NJ. 07666 Filed Sept. 26, 1967, Ser. No. 670,745 US. Cl. 4-7 Int. Cl. A47lr 3/22, 11/08 8 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention concerns an improved bidet for toilet seats and bowls.
Heretofore, water-ejecting appliances employed in toilets have been custom designed for a particular size or shape of toilet bowl and have included operating equipment including pumps, heaters, controls, etc. The devices have been limited to single size and force of spray. The spray ejecting nozzles were limited to a fixed direction and were not adjustable. The devices could not be used interchangeably in different sizes and shapes of bowls and have been of specially shaped, hollowed and molded toilet seats. The devices were not adapted to provide douches.
The present invention is directed at overcoming the above difliculties, limitations and disadvantages.
One object of the invention is to provide a bidet which can be adjustably positioned on a toilet seat regardless of the size and shape of the toilet bowl.
Another object is to provide a bidet wherein a douche attachment providing a medicated spray can be attached to the device and conveniently located for use.
Another object is to provide a bidet in which a nozzle can be adjusted to direct a water spray in any desired vertical angular position or pattern.
A further object is to provide a bidet having an associated water diverter whereby the temperature of water supplied can be tested.
A still further object is to provide a bidet with an easily accessible pushbutton toggle or turn valve f r controlling the fiow of water therethrough.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a bidet device which is built-in to the toilet seat.
For further comprehension of the invention and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference may be had to the following description taken with the accompanying drawings and to the appended claims in which the vari us novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the drawings forming a material p rt of this disclosure:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a bidet assembly embodying the invention with parts broken away.
FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken on line 22 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is an elevational view of the bottom of the bidet appliance shown mounted on a toilet seat which is turned to an upright position, parts of the seat being broken away.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken on line 44 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 5 is a top plan view of a modified bidet appliance.
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another modified bidet appliance with a douche attachment, part of which is broken away.
FIG. 7 is an enlarged sectional view through a germicide-containing adapter fitting used for the attachment of a douche tube thereto.
FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view of parts of the adapter. I
FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another modified bidet appliance with an adjustable nozzle member.
FIG. 10 is an enlarged sectional view taken on line 1010 of FIG. 9.
FIG. 11 is an exploded perspective view of parts of the bidet appliance of FIGS. 9 and 10.
FIG. 12 is a perspective view of still another modified bidet appliance formed of a single pipe mounted on a toilet seat.
FIG. 13 is an enlarged exploded and sectional view taken on line 13-13 of FIG. 12.
FIG. 14 is a fragmentary bottom plan view thereof.
FIG. 15 is an exploded view similar to FIG. 1 but of still another modified bidet assembly.
FIG. 16 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken generally on line 1616 of FIG. 15, through the center of the toilet bowl and seat and the bidet, with parts being broken away.
FIG. 17 is a top perspective view of a toilet seat having a built-in bidet device.
FIG. 18 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken on line 1818 of FIG. 17, and
FIG. 19 is a top perspective view of a bidet assembly similar to FIG. 6.
Referring first to FIGS. 1 to 4, there is shown a bidet assembly in which a bidet appliance 20 is mounted on the underside of a toilet seat 22. The toilet seat 22 is of con ventional construction and is provided with hinges 24 rotatable upon cross bar 25. The cross bar 25 is attached by bolts 26 to the back of toilet bowl 28. A seat cover 30 is pivotally secured by hinges 32 to cross bar 25. Pads 33 space seat 22 from the top edge of the bowl 28. To the extent described the seat, cover and bowl are entirely conventional.
The bidet appliance 20 in FIGS. 1 to 4 has an elongated generally rectangular body 34 of suitable plastic material with a rectangular tubular extension 36 of reduced width at one end. In extension 36, and body 34, there is a longitudinal passage 40. A plurality of spaced transverse passages 42 intersect and communicate with passage 40. Each of passages 42 terminate in a threaded hole 43 disposed at an angle to the horizontal as viewed in FIG. 2. Each of holes 43 have a diiferent size. Screwed into each hole 43 is a short externally threaded angularly inclined upward pipe 45 of different size to each of which a closure cap 46 is attached at the front end of the bidet appliance. The threaded pipes are angularly inclined upwardly as best shown clearly in FIG. 2. The center size pipe 45 is provided with a nozzle of similar shape to the cap 46 but having a small discharge hole at the top for discharging a trajectory-like stream of water to the anus of the individual seated upon the seat 22.
Near the rear edge of body 34 are aligned transverse slots 48. Screws 50 extend through holes 51 in seat hinges 24 and through slots 48 to secure the bidet 20 to underside of the seat 22.
It will be apparent that before the screws are tightened the appliance 20 can be adjusted in position longitudinally of itself or transversely of the toilet bowl so as to center any desired pipe 45 near the center of the rear edge of opening 52in the seat depending upon the volume size of water stream desired.
Fitted in an opening 54 in extension 36 as best shown in FIG. 4 is a check valve 56. The valve is covered by a plate 58 secured by screws 60 to the top face of body 34. In valve 56, is a flexible valve element 59 normally slightly spaced from opening 67 which is aligned with passage 40. Water can freely pass from left to right through the valve and through opening 64 and continue in passage 40, but if back pressure develops from right to left the valve element 58 will close opening 67. A ball valve arrangement may be similarly used.
A further manually controllable or press valve 70 is fitted in an opening 72 in the extension 36. This valve 70 has a cylindrical housing 74 secured against rotation by pin 75 in a cup-shaped projection 76 at the bottom of extension 36. In housing 74, there is a resilient valve core 77 movable inwardly or downwardly against tension in coil spring 78. The valve 70 is normally closed, with core passage 80 in core 77 held out of alignment with passage 40. A pushbutton 82 connected to core 77 extends out of the top of housing 74. This pushbutton can be depressed to open the valve aligning passages 80 and 40 to permit water under pressure to pass through passage 40 and out of the one open nozzle 47.
Water is supplied to the appliance 20 from a nipple 84 at the outer end of the extension 36. Attached to this nipple is a flexible hose 86. In the system shown in FIG. 1, the hose 86 terminates at lateral branch nipple 88 of a water diverter 100. The water diverter is of conventional construction, and may be of a type described in United States Patent No. 2,934,474. With such a diverter, its cylindrical body 102 is attached to a mix hot-cold faucet 104 of a bathroom basin fixture 106. Hot and cold water handles 108, permit water of desired temperature to pass through faucet 104 and body 102. When valve member 112 of the water diverter is lowered as shown in FIG. 1, water is diverted laterally and will pass through diverter nipple 88 and hose 86. When the valve member 112 is raised or retracted manually into the body 102 then the water will be cut off from hose 86 and instead will come out of the bottom of body 102 and drain into basin 115.
In operation of the system of FIG. 1, after the appliance 20 is installed as shown with one nozzle 47 open the others closed by caps 46, the user sits on seat 22. He manaully raises valve member 112 and adjusts the hot and cold water handles 108, 110 until water of desired temperature flows out of body 102. Then the user lowers valve member 112 and water of the desired temperature is diverted into hose 86. The user then depresses pushbutton 82 so that a force spray of water of desired tempera ture will be emitted from the open nozzle 47 to wash the anus and adjacent parts of the body of the seated user.
In FIG. 5, an elongated slab body 34a of an appliance 20A is of uniform width throughout its full length and by its flat top face will be adhered to the underface of the toilet seat and extend outwardly to one side thereof. At the extended end, there is provided the press valve 70 and a check valve assembly 56, both above described and shown in detail in FIG. 4, in a longitudinal water passage 40a that can supply any of five nozzle passages. From the nozzle passages 42a upwardly inclined different size threaded fittings 45a to which different size nozzles 47a are attached when the selected water stream has been picked by positioning the slab body 34a on the toilet seat according to the size nozzle desired. Each nozzle 47a sprays from a different size hole 47a. Different size closure caps 46a are placed over the unused fitting 45a. An enlarged end portion 34a is provided for nipple 84 and hose 86 from water diverter 100.
A vaginal douche attachment upon an appliance 20B may replace nozzle 47a as shown in FIGS. 6-8, for elongated bidet body 3412. This attachment has an adapter fitting 160. Fitting is best shown in FIG. 7 with a cylindrical internally-threaded nipple 162 which screws on one of nipples 45b, other nipples are closed by closure caps 46b. The nipple has an internally threaded bore 164 at its outer end across which is fitted a screen 166. In the open end bore 164 is screwed externally-threaded end 168 of another nipple 170. Another screen 172 is provided inside of and extends across passage 174 in nipple v170. A chamber 175 is defined between the screens 166 and 172. A medicated or germicidal pill can be disposed in chamber 175 through the open end of nipple 170 when it is detached from nipple 162 as illustrated in FIG. 8. Nipple 170 has a beaded end 182 on which engages one end of a flexible soft plastic or rubber vaginal tube 184. This tube 184 can be about twenty inches or so in length. A medicated water spray can be obtained through tube 184 under manual control of a turn valve 186 on a nipple 187 in enlarged head 34b of the bidet appliance 34b. The pill 180 will dissolve in the water in chamber 175 which is in communication with passages 162' and 170' of the respective nipples 162 and 170.
In FIGS. 9, l0 and 11 another bidet appliance 200 which is generally similar to appliance 20 and corresponding parts are identically numbered. In body 340 of appliance 20c, a transverse passage 420 communicates with longitudinal passage 40c and terminates in nipple 190. A short flexible tube 192 is engaged on nipple and terminates on a nipple 194 extending rearwardly from an angularly adjustable water distributor housing 196. Threaded fittings 450 of different widths extend forwardly and upwardly from housing 196. A single longitudinal passage 198 in housing 196 communicates with nipple 194 and each of threaded fitting 450. All but one of the fittings 45c will normally be closed by internally threaded caps 46c. A nozzle 47c is fitted on the selected fitting 45c and has spray hole 470'.
Threaded studs 199 extend out of opposite ends of housing 196. These studs extend through holes 197 in flanges 200 and 201, that extend forwardly from body 340 of the appliance. Wing nuts 202 can engage on studs 199 and effectively hold the housing 196 in any desired vertically inclined position with respect to body 340 so that the one open nozzle 470 can extend upwardly and forwardly at any desired angle. A vaginal douche attachment 150 can be employed with appliance 200 by engagement on one of the fittings 450 as explained in connection with FIGS. 68. Longitudinally-extending tandem-arranged slots 48c will accommodate cross bar bolts 26 for retaining the appliance 200 in place on the toilet bowl 30 to permit longitudinal adjustment with respect thereto. A press valve 74 and check valve 56 is provided in extension 360.
In FIGS. 12-14, is shown another bidet appliance 20D which is simplified and consists generally of an L-shaped pipe 210 shaped at its end into a forwardly upwardlyextending threaded nozzle end 211. The pipe 210 is secured to the underside of seat 22, by one hinge 24 and screw 50 in hole 51. A turn valve box 214 is provided on the outer pipe end 212, and may include a check valve. Hose 86 extends from the valve box 214. Douche adapter fitting 160 for douche attachment 150 can be engaged on threaded nozzle 211, see FIGS. 12-14. The tube 184 extends from the fitting 160 and may have a douche nozzle 215.
In FIGS. 15 and 16, still another modified form of bidet assembly 20X is illustrated which differs from the bidet assembly 20 of FIG. 1 in that attaching slots 48X extend transversely of bidet body 34X rather than longitudinally thereof. A single arcuate-shaped pad 33x is interposed between the front end of seat 22x and toilet bowl 28x to keep them spaced and prevent leakage of water or urine over the front top of the toilet bowl 28x.
Bidet appliance 20x differs further from appliance 20 in that only a single transverse passage 42x intersects a longitudinal passage 40x in the body 34x of the appliance. A nipple 45x is positioned in the passage 42x on end of projection 43x and is provided with a perforated nozzle head 47x. Slots 48x receiving the cross bar bolts 26 for fore and aft positioning of bidet appliance 20x upon the toilet bowl. A stream of water S is projected forwardly from hole 47x on the nozzle 47x.
In FIGS. 17 and 18 a water passage 217 is provided in a seat 218 and terminates at the rear of opening 218 with a nozzle 219 adapted to direct water stream S forwardly. A toggle switch over valve 220 is connected to one side of seat 218 and is supplied with mixed hot and cold water from hose 86.
In FIG. 19, is a bidet appliance 2913' having nozzle fittings 4512 with closure caps 41% and a nozzle 47b having hole 47b. A slab body 34b has an enlargement 34b to which is fitted a toggle valve 224].
All of the bidet appliances are readily adaptable for installing on any type of toilet seat. Most of said appliances are adjustable for optimum efficiency. They can all be provided with douche attachments. If desired, they can be mounted to the toilet bowl itself by means of bolts 26 instead of to the toilet seat.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise construction herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications will be made within the scope of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A bidet assembly, comprising a body mountable between a toilet bowl and a toilet seat hinged thereto, said body having a passage therethrough for passing water under pressure, nozzle means communicating with said passage and extending forwardly from said body for emitting a stream of water therefrom, a manually controllable valve supported by said body and arranged to control flow of water through the passage in said body, a hose connected to said body for supplying water under pressure from a source thereof, means for adjustably positioning said body transversely of said toilet bowl and seat, said nozzle means includin a plurality of nozzle fittings of different sizes, all of said nozzles being secured to said body and communicating with said passage, and a plurality of caps for selectively closing all the nozzle fittings except one, whereby the one open nozzle can be adjustably located to direct a selected size stream of water radially and centrally of said bowl and seat.
2. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 1, further comprising a water diverter having an inlet connectable to a mixed hot and cold water source of water under pressure, said diverter having main and lateral outlets and valve means for selectively diverting water to either one of the main and lateral outlets, said hose being connected to said lateral outlet, whereby the temperature of the water provided by said source can be determined when said valve means in said diverter is set to divert the water through the main outlet and whereby the water enters said hose when the valve means in said diverter is set to divert water to the lateral outlet.
3. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 2, further comprising a check valve in said body to prevent water under back pressure from passing in reverse direction through the open manually-controllable valve and hose.
4. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein the seat has a cavity in its underside, said body being set in said cavity.
5. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 1, further comprising a douche attachment, said attachment having an adapter fitting including two detachably engaged nipples, one of said nipples being detachably engaged on said one nozzle, a flexible spray tube engaged at one end thereof on the other nipple, said other nipple having a chamber therein for receiving a germicidal pill,.both of said nipples having aligned passages communicating with said chamber so that the pill is exposed to water passing through the adapter.
6. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said body further comprises a water distributor, said nozzles being supported by said water distributor, and means adjustably supporting said water distributor for selectively setting the angle at which said spray of Water is directed from said one nozzle with respect to the bowl and seat.
7. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 5, further comprising a water diverter connected to a mixed hot and cold water source having an inlet connectable to a source of water under pressure, said diverter having main and lateral outlets and valve means for selectively diverting water to either one of the main and lateral outlets, said hose being connected to said lateral outlet, whereby the temperature of the water provided by said source can be determined when said valve means in said diverter is set to divert the water through the main outlet and whereby the water enters said hose when the valve means in said diverter is set to divert water to the lateral outlet, and whereby the Water will pass through said body and through said douche attachment when said manually controllable valve is opened.
8. A bidet assembly as recited in claim 1 wherein the nozzle extends forwardly and downwardly and wherein an arcuate-shaped pad is mounted in front of the nozzle and interposed between the toilet bowl and toilet seat to keep them spaced.
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3,247,524 4/ 1966 Umann 47 H. HAMPTON HUNTER, Primary Examiner.