It’s easy to ignore your plumbing fixtures…until they break down. Hardworking as they are, these modern conveniences will start to fail eventually. Though sometimes they can be salvaged with an affordable repair, sooner or later it’s time to say goodbye. But how do you know when to replace plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere around the house? Check out our guide below!
These fixtures have a pretty long lifespan – 15-20 years – and are often repaired simply by replacing certain inexpensive parts like washers. The reasons you should consider a replacement are the following:
Another plumbing fixture that can last a long time, from 30 – 50 years, only if they are not damaged or experience any other functional problems. You can replace things like the wax seal, flush handle, fill valves, and flapper to extend the life of your toilet(s). The following are reasons you will need to replace your toilet:
The lifespan of a sink is not as typical. It depends on individual parts as well as the material the sink is made of. For instance, a stainless-steel sink tends to have the longest lifespan, as long as it does not have scratches or corrosion. The following are reasons you will need to replace your sink:
Tubs can last up to 20-25 years, but there are several reasons you may want to consider replacing one.
Garbage disposals last 10 years, on average. You’ll probably need to replace your garage disposal if:
The lifespan of a water heater depends upon the type you have: a traditional gas water heater, a traditional electric water heater, or a tankless water heater. On average, a conventional water heater fueled by gas can last 6-8 years while an electric-powered water heater can last 8-12 years. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, can last for up to 20 years.
Note: Well-maintained water heaters will last the longest! But don’t wait too long to replace one that has reached its life expectancy because when a water heater fails, it causes a huge mess, which can lead to water damage and mold in your home.
Plumbing fixtures, whether it’s a faucet or water heater, work hard but often get overlooked. Make sure you know when it’s time for a replacement!
At Terry’s Plumbing, we can help you with all of your plumbing replacements, repairs, or plumbing emergencies. We work hard to help save you money on your leaking and inefficient plumbing fixtures. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, give us a call today!