Q: Dear Ed: My parents are moving in with us for a while and this will put more use on our main bathroom. I plan to install a new toilet to help deal with the extra traffic. Before I buy, what toilet features can help with this issue?
– Peter, Florida
A: For heavy-use bathrooms I suggest you look at three categories to help choose your new toilet.
1. WATER-SAVING CAPABILITIES
Look into a high-efficiency toilet with a strong flush rating. With extra toilet use, you need to cut down on water consumption as much as you can. High-efficiency toilets use under 1.3 gallons per flush.
2. UNIVERSAL DESIGN (UD)
Different age groups may be using the same toilet. Comfort height toilets are available that are a little higher than standard toilets.
3. CLEANING ISSUES
More use equals more cleaning. A skirted-type toilet can address the issue because it has smooth sides for easier cleaning.
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 eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.