Q: We plan to have new toilets installed in both our bathrooms and I’m very interested in the new high-tech electronic toilets. My only question: How do you flush during a power outage? We are on city water, so this is a concern.

A: So-called “intelligent toilets” offer great features like bidet-type personal washing and drying, heated seating with hands-free up/down operation, mode lighting, music, foot warmers and dual-flushing options to save water.

Aside from the plumbing connections, intelligent or smart toilets are connected to a home’s electrical system according to local codes. This usually means if a home loses power, the toilet loses power. So shop for those models that feature limited emergency flushing.

Or you can install only one electronic toilet, then install a standard toilet in the second bathroom as a backup to help avoid a power-outage backup.


Ed Del Grande: eadelg@cs.com. Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.”