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What is the average life expectancy of a toilet?
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
How long does a toilet last?
You can expect a toilet to last at least 50 years and, unless cracked or leaking, it’s a sturdy fixture that can continue to be serviceable for much longer. Most older toilets are replaced while still functional to update a bathroom.
Here’s a bar graph that compares estimated life of a toilet 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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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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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about “TOILETS”:
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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