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How Long Should My Home's Plumbing Last?

Your home plumbing system works hard to make sure that you are able to do everything you need to do. This includes washing clothes, taking showers, and even flushing the toilet. Each plumbing fixture and product in your home has a lifespan. Some will last a lot longer than others. Knowing the lifespan of your plumbing system will help you take care of your plumbing. Be sure to contact a plumber when it is time for an upgrade.

Your Pipes

You will need to know the type of plumbing that you have. Your home inspection should list what type of piping material you have. If your pipes are iron, steel, or brass, they will have a lifespan of 50-70 years. If you have copper piping, it will last up to 80 years, while PVC piping has a lifespan of 50 years.

Hot Water Heaters

Your water heater’s life will all depend on the type of water heater you have. For a tankless hot water heater, you can expect it to last around 20 years. A traditional hot water heater will last around 12 years. A heat pump water heater will last around ten years.


The toilet itself can last around 50 years, but the inside of the toilet may not. You may have to replace components of the toilet several times in its lifespan. This is especially true if you have hard water issues. If you have a toilet made before 1994, you should replace it. Older models use more water than newer models.


The average lifespan of a faucet is about 12 years. These essential plumbing parts can also be prone to issues. This includes clogs and breakages. Usually, fixing the cartridge can repair the faucet when it leaks. If you are finding rust when you turn your faucet on, you should go ahead and replace it.

Sump Pumps

If your home has a sump pump, this device works to keep your basement dry. The average span of life for this device is ten years. If you think that your pump is near that age, get it inspected to ensure that it is functioning. You do not want to deal with a sump pump that has gone down.

Well Pump

If your home is on a well pump, your well pump should last between 8 and 15 years. This will depend on several things. This includes water levels, sediment levels, water usage, and the number of people in your home.

Call Us Today

If you need a plumbing repair or plumbing replacement, please call Robert Bair today. Our team of plumbers will help to ensure that all your plumbing is working well. If something has reached the end of its lifespan, we will replace that for you. We will make sure that you never have to go without hot water.