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May 29,2021

What's The Lifespan of My Home's Plumbing?

While your plumbing system is built to last a long while, it doesn’t last forever. Different components of your plumbing system may perform well for years, but they have their own expiration dates. Some plumbing fixtures have a longer lifespan than others. When plumbing fixtures reach the end of their lifespan, they may develop problems such as leaks, corrosion, clogs, and many more.     

It’s important to know the lifespan of your home’s plumbing system so that you can determine the right time to make replacements to keep everything working optimally. 

Let’s look at the life expectancy of various plumbing fixtures in a home.

Plumbing Pipes

Plumbing pipes are available in various materials, including galvanized steel, brass, copper, PVC, cast iron, polybutylene, and PEX. These materials have varying lifespans. Copper, brass, cast iron and galvanized plumbing pipes last between 70-80 years, provided they are maintained properly. PVC pipes last between 25-40 years, while PEX can last between 30-50 years. If your plumbing pipes have reached their life expectancy, it's a good idea to replace them to keep your plumbing system in good working order.

Toilets

Toilets can last for 10-15 years, but components such as flapper, flush valve, and fill valve may require replacement every few years. 

Water Heater

Most water heaters have a life expectancy of about 12 years, though tankless water heaters can last longer than conventional water heaters with tanks. You can extend the life of your water heater by inspecting its components regularly. 

Sinks And Faucets

The life expectancy of sinks depends on the quality of materials and usage. Sinks made with acrylic can last up to 50 years, while those made with porcelain or copper can serve you for around 20 years. As for faucets, most of them last between 15-20 years. 

Dishwashers

A typical dishwasher should serve you between 9 and 16 years, depending on the quality of the unit, frequency of use, and maintenance routine. 

Sewer Lines

The life expectancy of sewer line pipes depends on the quality of the material. PVC and cast iron sewer line pipes can last up to 70 years, while clay and cement sewer line pipes can serve you up to 100 years. 

Washing Machines

The average lifespan of a washing machine depends on its average cycle per day. Washing machines that run 1 cycle per day last longer than units that run several cycles a day. On average, washing machines should last around 15 years. You'll know your washing machine has reached its life expectancy if you notice signs like excessive noise, frequent leaking, water doesn't fill the drum and reduced efficiency. 

Septic Pumps

With proper installation and maintenance, septic pumps should last between 10-15 years. Though this will also depend on septic tank pumping frequency, quality of the pump, and how the septic system used. 

Looking for a "plumber near me?" Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for all of your home's plumbing needs. Our plumbers have the know-how and experience to help you with plumbing installation, repairs, and replacement. 

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