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Plumber: Comfort height toilets perfect for bad knees

Q: Dear Ed: Due to bad knees and getting older I find it difficult to stand up after using my lower toilet at home. I'm sure this is an issue many other people can relate to. Do they make chair height toilets that can be installed for home use?

– Judy, California

A: The type of toilet you're asking about is often called a comfort height toilet. These toilets are a little taller than a standard residential toilet, but that little extra height can make a big difference.

Comfort height toilets are just about chair height, so it may work for you if you feel it's easier getting up off a chair than your toilet. The toilets have become very popular and are now available in many colors and models – even water-saving models – to easily fit standard home toilet plumbing connections.

Bottom line: A comfort height toilet is a toilet that really deserves a standing ovation.

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.