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Ask a plumber: Hung up on wall-hung toilets

By Ed Del Grande

Tribune News Service

A good plumber can see if your existing in-wall connections and hanging equipment can be reused and if new toilets are available that can work with your present setup.
A good plumber can see if your existing in-wall connections and hanging equipment can be reused and if new toilets are available that can work with your present setup. TNS

Q: In our home we still have two original wall-hung toilets from the 1960s. I want to replace them with more efficient toilets to save water. How involved is this job, and where do you even find wall-hung toilets? Also, the toilets seem very low to the floor, would it be very expensive to raise them when we replace them?

Martha, California

A: First, good job for wanting to replace your old water guzzling toilets with new efficient toilets!

Now, to the complicated part about working with wall-hung toilets. Wall-hung toilets are usually found in commercial applications, but you do see them in homes from time to time.

I recommend working with a licensed plumber when changing wall-hung toilets, especially with older ones, with which you need to fit the new toilet bowl to the existing mounting brackets and piping. A good plumber can inspect the job to see if the in-wall connections and hanging equipment can be reused and if new toilets are available that can work with your present setup.

If you get a little luck, new efficient wall-hung toilets may be able to be installed to your existing wall mounts and plumbing. If not, then you may have to do a complete in-wall rough-in job to install your new wall-hung toilets, and that can get expensive. But, since you would be starting new, you can raise the toilet bowl height. At least for a higher price you’ll get your higher toilets.

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 eadelg@cs.com

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