At Solid Plumbing and Heating in Bayfield, we know that most people rarely consider how crucial plumbing is to their daily lives. Most of us simply turn our facets on and water comes pouring out on command. But, how do you know if it’s time to replace your plumbing fixtures? To answer this, lets first go over the basics of how plumbing works, as well as the various circumstances which can cause fixtures to fail. After all, plumbing fixtures, just like everything else, have a lifespan. Eventually, it will be time to say goodbye to them.
How Does Plumbing Work?
Today’s modern indoor plumbing relies on the laws of gravity. The average person in the United States uses up to 50 gallons per day. Before all that water can magically appear in your sink, toilet or tub it has to travel from its origin. If you have city water it may have traveled hundreds of miles before being drawn up into giant water towers. And, from there it gets distributed to underground mains. Or, perhaps you have a well, in which case your water made less of a journey. But either way, the pressure contained within your plumbing hardware is a product of gravity.
What Causes Plumbing Fixture Failure?
There are a lot of factors that come into play when discussing the lifespan of your fixtures, but here are some of the most common:
- Expired Plumbing
- Improper Installations
- Poor Quality Hardware
- Negligence Of Maintenance
- Extreme Temperature Variations
When Should You Replace Your Plumbing Fixtures?
If you’ve ever had plumbing issues then you know all too well that a seemingly small problem can lead to catastrophe. Plumbing problems can cause stress, financial strain and even go so far as to result in property damage. So as you can see, it is important to be aware of how old your plumbing is. You should also know the material that your plumbing is made of because not all fixtures are created equal. Below is a list of some common plumbing fixtures, and their typical expected lifespans:
- ABS or PVC Waste Pipe: 50-80 years
- Water Lines, Plastic or Copper: 70 years
- Enameled Steel Kitchen Sink: 5-10+ years
- Faucets and Spray Hose: 15-20 years
- Hose Bibs: 20-30 years
- On-demand) Water heater: 10 years
- Saunas/Steam Room: 15-20 years
- Sewer Grinder Pump: 10 years
- Shower Enclosure/Module: 50 years
- Enclosed Shower Doors: 20 years
- Showerheads: 100+ years
- Sump Pump or Well Pump: 7-10years
- Toilet Tank Components: 5 years
- Toilet, Bidets, and Urinals: 100+ years
- Vent Fan (ceiling): 5-10 years
- Water Heater (conventional): 50 years
- Plastic or Copper Water Line: 50 years
- Water Softener: 20 years
How To Decide If Your Fixtures Need Replacing
If you’re not sure how old your fixtures are, you’ll want to do a little digging and some educated guessing. That way you can have some kind of an idea of when to replace your hardware. Schedule yearly plumbing inspections and carefully analyze all of your pipes and fixtures for holes, cracks or other signs of wear. Look for puddles under sinks, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Puddles are usually all red flags. Water stains on floors ceilings and walls or warped ceilings are warning signs as well. An obstructed pipe will usually present as a horrible sound indicating that there is a blockage somewhere down the pipeline. Once you find a problem with your plumbing fixtures, act fast. Take the steps to either repair or replace the damaged components. But remember, don’t take on too much, if you feel overwhelmed don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you are experiencing any type of plumbing issue, Solid Plumbing and Heating LLC can help. We have worked on all types of Colorado homes, from older houses with vintage pipes to new construction with modern fixtures. You can count on our team to be up to date with advances in plumbing and to always 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 Solid Plumbing and Heating, LLC now at 970-769-5278 or complete an online form to schedule a plumbing service in Bayfield, Durango, or the surrounding areas.