AT HOME MAGAZINE

How to flush a smart toilet during a power outage

Smart toilets are connected to a home's electrical system as per local codes.  (Kohler)
Smart toilets are connected to a home’s electrical system as per local codes. (Kohler)

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 is how do you flush during a power outage? We are on city water, so this is a concern. — Ted, Kansas

A: 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 even dual-flushing options to save water.

Aside from the plumbing connections, intelligent or smart toilets are connected to a home’s electrical system as per local codes. This usually means if a home loses power, the toilet loses power. So first look for models that do 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.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.