Everything ages, and that includes your household plumbing. Fortunately, most piping materials and appliances have long extended lifetimes. If you live in an older or historic home, however, you may be wondering how much time you have before your vintage plumbing springs leaks.
Check out these expected lifespans of your household plumbing.
The pipes that run behind your walls and deliver water to faucets, showers, spigots, washing machines and dishwashers may seem out-of-sight, out-of-mind, but even the highest quality materials eventually sprout pinhole leaks or start to rust. Lifespan will depend on the material, the quality of water, whether the pipe is above or below ground, and whether it is a supply pipe (under pressure) or a drain pipe (not).
With these parameters in mind, check out these common household piping materials and their expected lifespans.
- Iron: 60-100 years
- Stainless Steel: 100 years
- Copper: 50+ years
- PEX: 40+ years (at least)
- PVC: 50-80 years
- Galvanized Steel: 20-50 years
- Lead: 100 years
- Brass: 50-75 years