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Plumber: Two-part question on dual-flushing toilets

Q: Hi Ed: I'm replacing our old toilet that flushes with a lot of water and would like to install a new dual-flush model. I have a two-part question. First, what are some dual-flush options? Second, what other tips can you add on toilet replacement?

— Jay, Illinois

A: Dual-flushing toilets are a great choice. Basically they offer two flushing cycles, a full flush and about a half flush option. This can give the user a little more flush control and water savings all in one toilet. Like any toilet, before you purchase, get the flush specs and check your local water codes for any compliance issues. I'll mention three basic dual-flush models I've worked with, and it all gets down to your personal preference.

Two-button tower flushing: Usually located on top of the toilet tank; choose the full flush button or the light flush button.

Lever-activated tower flush: A special lever located on the side of the tank controls the preferred flush options.

Electric motorized flush: Usually found on smart toilets, activators control flush pump durations.

Also, some other replacement toilet tips: Look for a toilet with a wide footprint to help cover old floor marks; add a slow-closing seat; and since all the info you asked for was a tall order, consider a comfort-height toilet with a taller toilet bowl.

(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 eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.) ©2022 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

This story was originally published May 13, 2022 1:34 PM.

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