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The Average Lifespan of Common Plumbing Pipes

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Most pipes are built to last for many decades. Unfortunately, if you live in an older home, your pipes may have reached the end of their useful life. Older pipes tend to leak more and may even burst, so it’s recommended that you replace them sooner rather than later.

Fortunately, Harts Services provides plumbing services in Tacoma, WA, to help prevent a plumbing catastrophe from threatening your entire property. If you've ever wondered whether it's time to replace the pipes in your home, it's important to know the type of pipes you have so that you can make an informed decision.

Life Expectancy of Different Types of Plumbing Pipes

A working plumbing system safely carries away wastewater and brings clean water to your residential or commercial property. On the other hand, a failing plumbing system increases your liability on a number of levels.

In most cases, it makes sense to replace your dated plumbing system rather than wait for it to fail. You can start by estimating the age of your current plumbing system and subtracting that from its useful life.

Here are the lifecycles for the most common plumbing materials in Tacoma:

  • Brass pipes last up to 45 years.
  • Cast iron pipes last from 75 to 100 years.
  • Copper and galvanized steel pipes can last up to 50 years.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes can last indefinitely.

Plumbing Pipes That Should Be Replaced Immediately

Some piping materials should be replaced regardless of whether they have reached the end of their useful life. For example, lead pipes were installed up until the late 1800s, and although they have a long lifespan, they’re also incredibly dangerous for your family’s health and safety. These should be replaced immediately with the help of a professional plumber.

Another pipe found in older homes throughout Tacoma, WA, is the Orangeburg pipe. Manufactured from wood pulp and pitch, this piping material is weak and can wreak havoc on your overall plumbing system. Despite its many disadvantages, many homeowners unknowingly have Orangeburg pipes running through their homes.

Those who live in older homes would benefit from a whole-home plumbing inspection to determine the state of their current plumbing system, and what repairs or replacements may be necessary for the near future.

Trust Harts Services With Your Plumbing Replacement

Do you need assistance determining the age of your pipes, estimating the cost to replace them, or require a plumber familiar with older plumbing? Harts Services can handle all these tasks and more.

We would be happy to inspect your pipes and determine how much longer you can afford to utilize them safely. At the very least, this gives you a timeframe for when you may need to repipe your home.

If you need help repairing or replacing older pipes in your home or business, contact Harts Services for experienced plumbers in Tacoma, WA.

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