One question that we get from a majority of homeowners who call us for peace of mind is,”how long if my plumbing appliances last?”

In this article, we’re going to dive to the average lifespan of some of the most frequent plumbing equipment found in Long Beach, CA homes. We hope to give you a little more peace of mind about the quality and safety of your home’s plumbing, but if you have any other questions about plumbing issues, we invite you to call us anytime!

Water Heaters

Water heaters last, on average, 7-12 years. That’s a pretty wide range, but it depends on the kind of water heater you get, the demands put upon it, and the care it receives.

Water Lines

Galvanized steel – Average lifespan is 20-50 years, and again this is determined by the quality of workmanship when installed, and whether they have been subjected to any sort of damage through the years.

Copper – Can last as long as 50-70 yearsago, but has been reported to fail in as little as 2 years as a result of inadequate construction and workmanship during installation.

Brass – We usually only see brass pipes in older homes, and they have similar lifespans to copper pipes. Brass pipes can last 40-70 years or longer, if cared for.

Lead – There are still quite a variety of neighborhoods in Cincinnati where lead water pipes are notable, and that’s probably because we’re an old area.

Lead pipes were predominantly used from the early 1900s, and these pipes can have a lifespan of around 100 years. (A side note is that if you are worried that your lead pipes might be dangerous or present health risks to your family, it is important to get your water tested.)

Sewer Lines

Cast iron – These are what are found most commonly in homes, and usually last up to 75-100 years.

PVC – Can last indefinitely. Since PVC pipes are relatively new to the plumbing globe, there isn’t actually an estimated lifespan yet.

Gas Lines

Flexible gas lines (corrugated stainless steel tubing – or CSST) usually last around 30 years, whereas the traditional black steel pipes can last up to 75 years or longer.


Toilets should be able to last around 50 years under normal conditions. Remember that some drain cleaners are actually caustic and can ruin bathrooms and pipes if utilized on them, so these lifespans can be easily affected by other factors.

Garbage Disposal

Most garbage disposals of average quality will last about 10-12 years, if properly cared for (not abused, and given occasional maintenance). Sump PumpsSump pumps have an average lifespan of 10 years.


Lower end faucets usually last between 13 and 15 years, whereas higher quality ones ought to last you 15-20 years or longer, if well maintained. These numbers are obviously just averages, but if something isn’t working quite right in your home, one of our licensed plumbers will be able to inspect it and assess the situation that will assist you figure out what’s really needed, and what isn’t. A very simple leak doesn’t always equal replacement.