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Ask a plumber: Looking for a taller toilet

Higher toilets, sometimes called comfort height toilets, sit about two inches higher than a standard toilet.
Higher toilets, sometimes called comfort height toilets, sit about two inches higher than a standard toilet. TNS

Q: Since I consider you my plumbing guru I thought I would ask you about those taller toilets. I am looking to replace my older toilet that sits low to the floor and my back will appreciate the extra height. Can they be installed in place of a standard toilet or do you need special adapters? Also, about how high are they?

Bill, Idaho

A: Higher toilets are sometimes called comfort height toilets for good reason. Basically, they sit about two inches higher than a standard toilet. Even though that sounds like a small change, the two extra inches put the toilet up to about chair height and that feeling of sitting on a chair instead of a lower toilet is what makes all the difference.

Comfort height toilets are now commonly used for “aging-in-place” bathroom remodeling jobs along with replacing the bathtub for a walk-in shower. The good news is that in most cases there is no big difference with the installation of a comfort height toilet in place of a standard toilet. They do come in elongated bowls and round-front bowls, so if you’re looking to install a taller toilet you should be covered from top to bottom.

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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