At Home: Plumber flush with toilet ideas

Look for high-efficiency toilet with good bowl rinse

Wall-hung toilets with concealed tanks can open up a little more bathroom space.

Q: Dear Ed: We are planning to build our first new home and I am in charge of choosing the toilets. Can you give me a little toilet guidance?

 

— Jean, New Jersey

A: The new theme I have seen is to think green, smart and clean. With that in mind, here are my three basic tips:

—High-efficiency toilets.

A high-efficiency toilet flushes with less than 1.3 gallons of water per flush. Look for one with a good bowl rinse for best performance.

—Smart designs.

Wall-hung toilets with concealed tanks can open up a little more bathroom space, while electronic toilets with built-in bidets can add class and comfort.

—Easy cleaning.

Quick-release toilets seats, skirted trapways and touchless flushing can help you keep a tidy throne fit for a king.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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