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What is the average life expectancy of ABS pipe?
Friday, July 6, 2018
How long does ABS pipe last?
The expected lifespan of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) pipe is 50 to 80 years, with an average of 70 years. This black plastic drain (DWV) pipe has only been in widespread use in the United States since the 1970s, so the material is too young for a more accurate determination, but it is expected to be similar to PVC pipe.
Here’s a graph comparing the life expectancy of ABS to other types of pipe used in residential plumbing.
The use of ABS declined in our area after the mid-1980s for site-built homes, in favor of PVC, although still popular in other parts of the country. It remained as the standard DWV pipe with manufacturers of mobile homes until the turn of the century. Also, see our blog post What is the difference between PVC and ABS plumbing pipe?
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components.
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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about PLUMBING PIPES:
Cast Iron Pipe
Orangeburg (bituminous fiber) Pipe
PB (Polybutylene) Pipe
Commonly Used Pipes By Decade
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