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What is the Lifespan of my Home’s Plumbing System?

What is the Lifespan of my Home’s Plumbing System?
June 21, 2021

What is the Lifespan of my Home’s Plumbing System?

The plumbing system of your home sees the most action daily. It works hard day in and day out to ensure everything runs and works smoothly and you aren’t left with any foul odors or water leaks. We know you don’t want to hear this, but your pipes and plumbing fixtures will eventually need to be replaced. If you’re located in the Atlanta area, today is your lucky day!  The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing has the skills and knowledge to fix any of your plumbing issues. But first, you should always know what you have in your home, where your pipes are, and how old they are. 

Know What You Have:

Knowing what you have in your home is the first part of determining the lifespan of your home’s plumbing systems. Depending on what kind of systems you have, that will let our team of plumbers know how old each item is and when it should be replaced. Not sure what to look for? Here’s what the team of plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing wants you to know about in your home:

Pipes
Knowing what type of pipes you have in your home makes a huge difference in determining its lifespan. The most common types of pipes we see in homes are brass, iron, or steel (these last about 50-70 years), copper (70-80 years), or PVC pipes which have a shorter lifespan of about 50 years. Use this guide (in addition to the age of your home) to determine how many more years your pipes have left in them.

Hot water heater
When it comes to water heaters used in homes, there are three common types:

  • Tankless: 20-year lifespan
  • Traditional: 12-year lifespan
  • Heat pump: 10-year lifespan

Determine when your home was built, look at the information provided to you when they were last replaced, and use that to determine the lifespan of your current water heater. 

Toilets
While toilets are made to last up to 50 years, that doesn’t mean they all do. If your toilet was produced before 1994, it can’t hurt to have it replaced. A malfunctioning toilet is never fun (or pretty) to deal with.

Faucets
Faucets have evolved greatly over the last couple of years. While they are made to last about 12 years on average, if yours looks older, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to replace it ASAP!

Sump pumps
This is an important plumbing aspect of your home. If you ever deal with floods or water in your basement, your sump pump will save your life and your home. The average lifespan of a sump pump is about 10 years – which is why if you’re unsure of the age, we recommend you have it inspected by us!

Well pumps
If your home works off well water, your well pump is vital to your home. Well pumps are made to last anywhere between 8-15 years and that depends on how much water you use. 

Get Your Plumbing System Repaired

Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we know how scary dealing with plumbing issues is. We have a large team of experienced plumbers who are happy to help you at any time. We offer plumbing services of all sorts, so we can keep your house working properly.