When Should You Replace Plumbing Pipes?

Plumbing pipes are one of the most important parts of your home, and it’s important to know when they need to be replaced. While most pipes will last for many years, there are a few signs that it might be time for an upgrade.

PVC Pipe and Copper Pipe with Compression Adaptor

Replacement Breakdown For Most Of The Common Pipes Found In The Home

Have you been in your home a long time? Did you just move into an older home? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then it might be time to think about replacing your plumbing pipes.

Depending on the age of your home, the type of pipes that were originally installed, and the current condition of your pipes, you may need to replace them sooner rather than later.

The most common types of plumbing pipes are made from copper, galvanized steel, lead, and plastic.

How Long Are My Water Pipes Supposed To Last?

Here are estimates for the lifespan of some of the most common types of plumbing materials in your house:

Supply Pipes

Supply pipes undergo much wear and tear because they are always under pressure. When water supply pipes age, there may be water leaks in your home. It is worth noting that they can last for quite long before any leakage is observed.

Here are the estimated lifespans for common home supply pipes:

Copper Pipes:  70-80 years

Galvanized steel Pipes: 80-100 years

Brass Pipes: 80-100 years

Faucet Lines

Faucet lines are not under as much pressure as the main supply pipes, which is why they can last for a longer time. When problems arise, they can usually be fixed. If the issues persist, however, it might be time to replace your faucet lines. People also replace their faucet lines for cosmetic purposes like;

  • Ease of use
  • Water efficiency
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Upgrade in new bathroom technology

Machine Supply Hoses

Washing machine leaks are one of the most common damaging leaks in any home. While a small leak might not seem like a big deal, it can quickly turn into a much bigger problem. If you notice any leaks, it’s important to address them right away. It is advisable to replace your washing machine supply hoses after 3 years. It is also important to examine the hoses for the following:

  • Water: The hoses should be dry and free of any water build-up. If you notice leaks or rust, shut your water supply and call a professional right away.
  • Damage: Cracks, holes, or wear and tear can all cause damage to your hoses. If you notice any of these problems, it’s best to replace your hoses as soon as possible.
  • Bubbles: Bubbles are a sign that there is pressure build-up in your hoses. This can be caused by a number of factors, including a kink in the hose or a blockage. If you notice bubbles, it’s important to shut off your water supply and call a professional right away.

Drain Lines

Drain lines are usually made from plastic PVC or cast iron. These materials are very durable and can last for many years. However, there are a few things that can shorten their lifespan, including damage from tree roots and damage from adverse weather conditions. The average lifespans of the commonest drain lines are:

  • Plastic PVC Pipes: 25-40 years
  • Cast Iron Pipes: 80-100 years

Toilet Pipes

Toilet pipes are some of the most important pipes in your home, and it’s important to know when they need to be replaced. Average lifespans for different parts of a toilet are:

  • Levers, valves, flappers, and fittings: 4-5 years
  • Wax Seals: 20-30 years

Handle: While there’s no specific time to replace the handle, it should be replaced if it becomes loose, the toilet doesn’t totally flush or if water is running on its own.

Water Heater

A traditional water heater should be replaced every 10-15 years. Tankless water heaters have a slightly longer lifespan of 15-20 years. If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time to replace your water heater:

  • Broken thermostat
  • Rusted or leaking heater
  • Circuit breaker problems
  • Pilot light issues
  • Sticking valve

Garbage disposals are also a common appliance in many homes. They have a shorter lifespan than other appliances and should be replaced every 15 years or so. If you notice your garbage disposal is leaking, making strange noises, or isn’t working as well as it used to, it’s time for a replacement.

As you can see, there is a wide range of longevity when it comes to different types of pipes. The kind of materials used, as well as the installation process, can make a big difference in how long your pipes will last. However, if you keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, and address any problems that arise, you can help extend the lifespan of your pipes.

Contact Us Today For Plumbing Pipes That Last!

If you need any help with your plumbing, or if you’re due for a replacement, contact Rick’s Plumbing today. Our experts would be happy to help you choose the right pipes for your home, and can even install them for you. We’ll make sure your home has the plumbing it needs to last for many years to come. Contact us today at 203-874-6629!