The lifespan for certain plumbing pipes varies depending on its material composition. It’s useful to know the lifespan of your piping, as you can prevent costly pipe failures by having your home or building repiped. If you’re concerned about the age of your pipes, check out Repipe Specialist’s list of pipe “expiration dates” here…
PEX Pipes (Supply Line)
Although PEX piping is relatively new to the market, studies show that PEX pipes should last indefinitely if it’s properly installed indoors. Remember, PEX is not manufactured for use out of doors or in direct sunlight. PEX piping exposed to the elements may deteriorate overtime.
Brass Pipes (Supply Line)
Brass pipes are rare these days, but there are some old brass pipes still out there in homes and buildings nationwide. Brass pipes last between 40 and 70 years. If you’ve got a structure with brass pipes that are several decades old, you’ll want to consider repiping.
Steel Pipes (Supply Line)
Galvanized steel pipes can last some 20 to 50 years. Steel isn’t traditionally used anymore in commercial or residential buildings; if you’ve got a plumbing structure that’s in its 20s, consider hiring a plumber or repiping specialist to examine your pipes. It might be time for repiping!
Copper Pipes (Supply Line)
Copper pipes can last half of a century or more. Copper’s one of the best options on the market, and it’s ideal for outdoor applications. Check on your copper piping if it’s 50 years or older.
Cast Iron Pipes (Drain Lines)
Cast Iron Pipes can last between 75 and 100 years. Don’t let your drain line leak. Get repiping done before you incur an issue.
PVC Pipes (Polyvinyl Chloride)(Drain Lines)
Like PEX pipes, PVC pipes can last indefinitely. If you’re experiencing leaky PVC, the piping structure likely incurred damage from some force. Hire a plumber or repiping specialist if you’ve noticed a PVC leak!