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How Long Will My Pipes Last?

How Long Will My Pipes Last?

How Long Will My Pipes Last?

Most plumbing pipes can perform well for decades. However, they won't last forever. Over time, pipes experience wear and tear due to exposure to elements and constant pressure. Fortunately, most pipes can serve you for decades as long as you keep up with routine maintenance.

When pipes have reached the end of their lifespan, they may start to leak, become more prone to rust, and fail to perform as they should.

Whether you’re looking to install plumbing pipes in your property or improve the efficiency of your plumbing system, it’s important to know the lifespan of each material. Knowing how long each material will last will help you make the best investment in your home and prevent leaks early enough.

Let’s look at the different types of piping and how long they will last.

Copper

There are three types of copper pipes, depending on the thickness of the pipes. These include M-type, L-type, and K-type. M-type copper pipes have thinner walls and can last up to 25 years. L-type copper pipes are thicker than M-type copper pipes and can last up to 50 years. Some L-type copper pipes can last for more than 50 years. K-type copper pipes are the thickest of the three, hence they’re more durable. These pipes can last between 50-100 years.

Brass

Brass pipes can last between 80-100 years, depending on how well you maintain them.  These pipes are highly resistant to corrosion. Moreover, brass pipes do not deform easily, even when they're used for channeling hot water.

Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel pipes are coated with a protective layer of zinc to prevent corrosion and rust. These pipes can last between 80-100 years. Galvanized steel pipes offer many benefits, including lower maintenance costs, ease of inspection, and a longer lifespan.

Cast Iron

Cast iron pipes are built to last up between 80-100 years. Besides, they can withstand a high amount of water pressure. However, cast iron pipes are more prone to rust over time.

PVC

PVC pipes can last up to 70 years, thanks to recent technological advancements. However, these pipes can fail early if not installed and maintained properly.

Polybutylene

Polybutylene pipes are built to last between 10-15 years. However, these pipes are not ideal for channeling chlorinated water.

Signs It’s Time to Upgrade or Replace Your Pipes

  • Low water pressure
  • Discolored water
  • Leaky pipes
  • Corrosion on pipes
  • Banging or creaking noises coming out of your pipes
  • Smelly water coming out of your pipes
  • Outdated pipes
  • Slow drains
  • Visible cracks, sagging, and indentation
  • Uneven distribution of water

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, contact Drain Doctor. Our experienced and knowledgeable plumbers will be happy to assess your pipes and give you advice on the next step to take.

Call Drain Doctor for Pipe Repair and Replacement

You don’t have to wait until it’s too late to call a plumber to repair your pipes. Instead, call the experienced plumbers at Drain Doctor to conduct an in-depth inspection of your pipes and perform pipe repair.