Plumber: Ed’s toilet tips for new home

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

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

— Jean, New Jersey

Dear Jean: The new theme I have seen is to think green, smart and clean. With that in mind, here are my three basic toilet buying tips on what to look for:

High-efficiency toilets (HET). A high-efficiency toilet flushes with less than 1.3 gallons of water per flush. New high velocity flushing systems are available to deliver stronger flushes using less water. Look for a HET with a powerful flush plus 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 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