What is the average life expectancy of a sink?

Friday, June 12, 2020

You can expect a sink to last from 15 to 100 years, depending on the material used, with an average of 30 years. Enameled steel sink will last 15± years, stainless steel 25±, porcelain 30±, acrylic 50±, and soapstone 100+ years.

    Here’s a bar graph that compares estimated life of a sink with other plumbing fixtures.
     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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Links to a collection of some of our other blog posts about SINKS :

Is a sink required to have a drain stopper?

 Why is it a problem when a trap under a sink is installed backwards? 

 What are the code requirements for layout of drain piping under sinks?

 What causes a gurgling sound when a bathtub or sink drains? 

 Why is the European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.? 

 Can I make a trap under the sink from straight pipe and 90º elbows?  

 Why is there a flexible accordion pipe under the sink? 

• Can a laundry sink drain be installed without a trap under it? 

• What is a drum trap at a plumbing drain?

• Can a dishwasher drain hose be connected after the sink trap (to the trap arm)?

How far away from the sink can I install a dishwasher? 

• What is a double trap in plumbing? 

• Can two sinks share a trap? 

• What is a bell trap at a plumbing drain? 

• What plumbing traps are illegal by code?  

What is the minimum and maximum distance a P-trap can be below a sink?

     Visit our SINKS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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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