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What is the average life expectancy of toilet tank components?

Friday, June 12, 2020

How long do toilet tank flush components last?

You can expect the flush components in a toilet tank to last 5 to 10 years, with an average of 7 years. Frequent usage, hard water, and toilet bowl cleaner tablets added to the tank (as shown above) will all shorten the lifespan. 

    Also, see our articles Are drop-in toilet bowl cleaner tablets safe? and Why is there sand in the bottom of my toilet tank? and Why is there mold inside my toilet tank? 

    Here’s a bar graph that compares estimated life of a toilet flush mechanism with other plumbing components.
     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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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about “TOILETS”: 

Honey, who shrunk the toilet?

What are the pros and cons of a wall-mounted toilet?

What is that big thing in the toilet tank? 

What is the white plastic tank inside my toilet tank?

• Can I install a commercial (wall-mounted flushometer) toilet in my home? 

Does a home inspector check toilets?

• What is the code required minimum height above a toilet? 

How much space is necessary for a toilet between a vanity and shower? 

    Visit our BATHROOMS 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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