Is It Time To Replace Your Plumbing Fixtures?

Is It Time To Replace Your Plumbing Fixtures?

We rarely consider how crucial plumbing is to our daily life. We simply turn our facets on whenever we want hot or cold water and it comes pouring out on command. Plumbing fixtures have a lifespan just like anything else in your home, so eventually, it will be time to say goodbye.

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So how do you know if your plumbing fixtures need to be replaced? To answer this, we must first have a basic understanding of how plumbing works, as well as the various circumstances which can cause fixtures to fail.

How Does Plumbing Work?

On a daily basis, the average person in the United States utilizes 50 gallons of water for various needs. And before water magically appears in your sink, shower or tub it travels over long distances – sometimes over hundreds of miles from its origin.

Plumbing relies on nature’s law of gravity. The pressure contained within plumbing hardware is a product of gravity. Water gets drawn up to the apex of giant water towers. This water is then distributed to the mains underground and is ready at your whim.

What Causes Plumbing Fixture Failure?

Various factors come into play, but what typically causes plumbing fixtures fail to include:

  • Expired Plumbing
  • Improper Installations
  • Poor Quality Hardware
  • Negligence Of The Proper Maintenance
  • Temperature Variations

When Should We Replace Our Plumbing Fixtures?

There is an old saying, “A chain is only as strong as the weakest link.” This saying can be applied to your plumbing. A small problem can lead do a catastrophic problem resulting in the worst case scenario – your property being destroyed. Beyond the material loss is the financial price tag and stress attached as well. For this reason, it is important to be aware of how old your plumbing is and the material that your plumbing is comprised of because not all fixtures are created equal.

Plumbing fixtures and materials typically have the following lifespans:

  • ABS and PVC Waste Pipe: 50-80 years
  • Copper Water Lines: 70 years
  • Enameled Steel Kitchen Sink: 5-10+ years
  • Faucets and Spray Hose: 15-20 years
  • Hose Bibs: 20-30 years
  • Instant (on-demand) Water heater: 10 years
  • PEX: 40 years
  • Plastic Water lines: 75 years
  • Saunas/Steam Room: 15-20 years
  • Sewer Grinder Pump: 10 years
  • Shower Enclosure/Module: 50 years
  • Shower Doors: 20 years
  • Showerheads: 100+ years
  • Sump Pump: 7 years
  • Toilet Tank Components: 5 years
  • Toilet, Bidets, and Urinals: 100+ years
  • Vent Fan (ceiling): 5-10 years
  • Water Heater (conventional): 50 years
  • Water Line (copper): 50 years
  • Water Line (plastic): 50 years
  • Well Pump: 15 years
  • Water Softener: 20 years

How To Detect Your Plumbing Fixtures Need To Be Replaced

When you don’t know how old your fixtures are, just guesstimate so that you can have somewhat of an idea of when to replace your hardware. Schedule yearly plumbing inspections and carefully analyze all pipes and fixtures for holes and cracks. Puddles from leaks under sinks, dishwashers, and refrigerators are all red flags.

Water stains and warped ceilings, walls and floors are warning signs as well. An obstructed pipe may result in a horrible sound indicating that there is a blockage somewhere down the pipeline. When water is slow to drain and you’ve tried a clog remover to no avail.

Once you find a problem with your plumbing fixtures, act fast. Either repair or replace the damaged components and if you feel overwhelmed don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber.

Expert Plumbing Replacement in Walla Walla

If you are experiencing any type of plumbing issue, Total Comfort Solutions can help. We have worked on all types of homes, from older homes with pipes that were installed decades ago to newer homes that have brand new fixtures.

We work to not only provide you with the highest quality care but keep up with advances in plumbing so that we can offer you the most advanced technology and techniques. Our ultimate goal is to work with you to find the most appropriate and affordable solution that meets your needs.

Are you interested in a comprehensive solution to your plumbing problem? Call Total Comfort Solutions, LLC now at 509.956.4764 or complete an online form to schedule a plumbing service in Walla Walla.


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