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How long do plumbing fixtures last?
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The life expectancy of a plumbing fixture varies according to the material used, quality of manufacture, level of usage, and hardness of water. Here’s our best estimates, and click on any fixture for more info.
Bathtub - 10 to 50 years, average 25
Faucets - 15 to 25 years, average 20
Fiberglass Tub/Shower, 10 to 20 years, average 15
Hose Bibb - 15 to 25 years, average 20
Hose Bibb Vacuum Breaker, 5 to 12 years, average 7
Shower Pan Liners - 40 to 50 years, average 45
Shut-off Valves - 10 to 25 years, average 20
Sinks - 15 to 100+ years, average 30
Toilets - 50+ years
Toilet Tank Components - 5 to 10 years, average 7
Water Heater, Tank - 10 to 20 years, average 12
Water Heater, Tankless - 20 years
(Go to How do I determine the age of my water heater? to find out how old it is)
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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Links to some of our other blog posts about BATHROOMS:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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