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Finding the Best Toilet Height for Your Comfort and Safety

Toilet Height

You may not know it, but there is a toilet that is just the right size for you. A Houston plumber would recommend that your toilet should be tall enough that you can sit down and stand up easily. Both of your feet should comfortably rest on the floor while you are seated.

The ideal height for your toilet will depend on three things.

  1. Your height
  2. Your physical requirements
  3. How you transfer on and off the unit

Standard toilets are usually around 15 inches high at the seat. If you are a tall person, that could be too low for you. You might want to check into a floor-mounted “comfort height” toilet that is 17 to 19 inches in height or elevated toilet seats.

For folks who are 5 feet 4 inches or less, a Houston residential plumber would probably say that a standard 15-inch model would be just right for you. If your legs fall asleep or hurt while you are seated, you need a lower toilet. If you have trouble standing up, you might want to have toilet rails installed to make it easier to stand.

Wheelchair users have their own set of challenges, which usually occur when they transfer from their wheelchair to the toilet. The best solution is to choose a toilet that is even with the height of your wheelchair. In some cases, it is simpler to align the wheelchair with a wall-mounted toilet. Wall-mounted toilets can be as tall as 28 inches.

Toilets for disabled people must meet requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This assures that the greatest number of folks can use the toilet comfortably. Public toilets for adults are typically 17 to 19 inches. If you need to buy a toilet for a disabled person’s home, be sure to measure it accurately.

The range for children is much greater. Toddlers need a toilet that is about one foot high. Kids from 5 to 8 years old should have a toilet that is 12 to 15 inches. Tweens and teenagers can use a seat that is 15 to 18 inches.

People with bowel problems benefit from a lower toilet that positions the knees above the hips. Many people say this lower height helps them overcome constipation. Stepstools can also be used to prop your knees above your hips.

Santhoff Plumbing Company can help you find the right toilet to match your needs. We can also perform a Houston water heater repair or help with any plumbing problems that you might have. We can be reached online or at (713) 360-2185. With over 40 years of experience, we get the job done quickly and professionally.

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