Know when it’s time to replace plumbing fixtures

Updating plumbing fixtures immensely improves the aesthetic of the room. Customer, tenants, or students may develop a negative image of your building because of outdated, worn-out fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens.

In addition to showing people who are frequently occupying the spaces in your buildings that you care and want to maintain the property, updating plumbing fixtures will also increase efficiency.

The first thing that you will notice once the fixtures in your building have been replaces is the significant reduction in water usage and lower monthly bills. Saving money and water is easy to do when priority is given to high-efficiency model fixtures.

If your building is particularly old, then replacing old fittings and valves may be more necessary.

Toilets – only need to be replaced if they are cracked. However, there are parts within the toilet that need to be replaced more frequently.

  • Handles – You should replace the handle if you must jiggle it to stop water from running, your toilet won’t fully flush unless you hold the handle down, or your water runs on its own.
  • Flappers, trip levers, fill valves, fittings, and plumbing connections – 4-5 years
  • Wax seals/gaskets – 20-30 years

Garbage disposals – last approximately 10 years. However, they likely need to be replaced if there are frequent clogs, food takes a long time to break down, you have to reset it often, or there are lingering odors.

Washing machine supply hose – Should be replaced every 3 years. Watch for signs of a potential burst between replacements such as seeing a bubble in the hose, cracks or unraveling, and leaking or rusting.

Faucets – Usually only need to be replaced if there are frequent issues that need to be repaired often.

Supply pipes – Leaks can generally be patched up to keep the pipes running for years. A good rule of thumb for replacing supply pipes, especially in older facilities:

  • Brass pipes – 80-100 years
  • Copper pipes – 70-80 years
  • Galvanized steel pipes – 80-100 years

Drain lines – Can give in because of old age over time, but they can be damaged in the meantime due to tree root growth. The rule of thumb for drain lines:

  • Cast iron pipes – 80-100 years
  • PVC pipes – 25-40 years

Whenever you are unsure, or just need a second opinion, the Best Plumbing Specialties dedicated customer service team is available to help. We strongly encourage sending pictures in to find comparable parts when you are updating your plumbing fittings and valves.

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