Installing an ADA Toilet in the Home: What You Need to Know

If you are a senior citizen, are disabled, or have a loved one who is, you may be interested in learning more about ADA toilets. ADA toilets are designed for those who have difficulty using traditional toilets. They are taller and have features that make them easier to use. In this blog post, we will discuss the features of ADA toilets. We will also provide some tips on what to look for when purchasing an ADA toilet.

What is an ADA Toilet?

An ADA toilet, also known as disabled toilets, handicap toilets and/or comfort height toilets, are designed in compliance with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.

Features of an ADA Toilet

ADA toilets have several features that make them easier to use.

Raised Toilet Seat

ADA compliant toilets have a raised toilet seat. The seat height makes it easier for seniors to sit down and stand up. It also eliminates the need for a footstool, which can be dangerous if you slip while using it.

Added Height

The bowl height of an ADA toilet is around 17 to 18’’, a few inches higher than standard toilets. The added height of an ADA toilet can also be helpful for those with mobility issues. It makes it easier to get on and off the toilet, which can reduce the risk of falls.

Wider Seat

Overall, an ADA-accessible toilet must be at least 60 inches wide. A wider seat is also beneficial for seniors. It provides more comfort and stability when sitting down or getting up.

What Are the Other Benefits of an ADA Toilet?

In addition to the features mentioned above, ADA toilets also come with a number of other benefits:

– They tend to be easier to clean and maintain.

– The flush is generally quieter than traditional toilets, making it ideal for those who want a more peaceful bathroom experience.

– ADA toilets typically use less water than traditional toilets, so they can help you save money on your monthly water bill.

Do All Brands and Models of Toilets Comply with ADA Standards?

ADA toilets are available from a variety of brands and models. However, not all brands and models comply with ADA standards. It is important to do your research before purchasing an ADA toilet to make sure it meets the requirements of the American Disabilities Act.

Other Things to Consider When Purchasing an ADA Toilet

When purchasing an ADA Toilet, consider the height, width, and other features that will be most beneficial for you or your loved one.

Grab Bars

Additional grab bars, for example, can be helpful for those who have difficulty standing up. A rear grab bar in particular can provide extra support when getting on and off the toilet.

Flush Controls

Flush controls can also be beneficial, especially for those who have difficulty reaching the traditional flush lever. Some ADA toilets come with touchless or automatic flushing mechanisms, which make it easy to flush the toilet without having to reach over the tank.

Toilet Paper Dispenser

A toilet paper dispenser can also be a helpful addition, especially if you or your loved one has difficulty reaching the toilet paper. A toilet paper dispenser that is mounted on the wall can make it easy to grab a piece of toilet paper without having to stretch.

Clear Floor Space

Clear floor space in front of the toilet is another important consideration. Make sure there is enough space for you or your loved one to move around comfortably to reduce the chance of tripping and falling

Water Usage

Finally, consider how much water the ADA toilet will use. ADA toilets are designed to use less water than traditional toilets, but some models use more or less than others. Choose a model that best suits your needs and budget.

ADA Toilet Installation

Now that you know the basics of ADA toilet installation, let’s take a closer look at what is involved in the installation process. The first step is to remove your old toilet. This can be a daunting task if you have never done it before. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, we recommend you hire a professional plumber.

Once the old toilet is removed, the next step is to install the new ADA toilet. It is important to get the height and angle of the bowl correct, or else you could experience problems with using the toilet later on. Again, if you are inexperienced it is important to hire a professional.

Installing an ADA Toilet in Your Home

If you are interested in installing an ADA toilet in your home, please contact Bodenheimer Plumbing for assistance. We can help you find the perfect ADA-compliant toilet for your needs.

If you have any questions about ADA toilets or which model would be best suited for your needs, please contact us. We would be happy to help!

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