Q: I’m a loyal reader and have been following your advice on doing a little homework before you do any home work. I have been researching different toilet styles to replace our present toilet. Recently, I came across a toilet style called a “skirted toilet” and like the looks of it. Can you please give me one of Ed’s basic lessons on skirted toilets?
A: A skirted toilet is similar to a concealed trapway toilet. To help understand this, we’ll start with the basics.
Standard toilets have what is called an exposed trapway, because you can actually see the built-in outline of the toilet bowl and the trapway.
Now, if you’re looking to make the job of cleaning your toilet bowl a little easier, you can move up to a concealed trapway toilet. Concealed trapway toilets feature smooth sides in back of the bowl, and the outline of the trap and trap drain are now hidden.
A skirted toilet bowl takes this design feature a step further and offers a continuous clean-looking smooth surface from the front of the bowl to the back of the bowl. Hence the name, because now the bowl can be thought of as being completely skirted.
Keep in mind that skirted toilet bowl prices and installation costs can be higher. But, with perfectly smooth sides, a skirted toilet bowl can do double duty because it’s easy to clean and adds design style to your bathroom.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.