Plumber: Talking about a taller toilet

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Ed: We’re planning an aging-in-place bathroom and my wife and I have been talking about installing a taller toilet. Do we need to do any special piping to change over to this type of toilet? What other toilet features do you recommend?

— Ken, Massachusetts

Dear Ken: Taller toilets are better known today as “comfort height” toilets because they sit a couple inches higher than standard toilets. These toilets are about chair height, and many people do feel a little more comfortable using this type of toilet.

The good news is in most cases, no special piping or flanges are necessary when installing a comfort height toilet in place of a standard toilet.

For another nice toilet feature, I recommend installing a quiet slow-closing toilet seat as well for extra convenience and comfort. Some of these high-tech seats even have a built-in nightlight, and that will really help brighten up your new bathroom.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write