Omnia Mechanical Group

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-534-2500

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What Is the Average Lifespan of Pipes? How You Can Make Yours Last Longer

One of the most important systems in your New York City property is your plumbing system. Failing to take care of your pipes can result in expensive repairs, lack of water for tenants, and even catastrophic water damage and rebuilding. Let’s take a look at the average lifespan of pipes and review how you can protect your plumbing components so you get the longest wear possible from them.

How Long Do Pipes Last?

Depends on the material and their care

The average lifespan of pipes is determined by two major factors: the material they’re made of and the care they are given. We’ll review maintenance tips below that help increase the longevity of your pipes. Here’s what you can expect based on the type of common plumbing component in your system:

  • Copper pipes — 70-80 years
  • Brass pipes — 80-100 years
  • Galvanized steel pipes — 20-50 years
  • Polyvinyl chloride (aka PVC) pipes — 25-40 years (older PVC) or 70+ years (newer PVC)
  • Cast iron drain lines — 80-100 years

If you have any lead piping in your property, it must be removed for health reasons, even if it looks like it could last indefinitely.

Polybutylene piping was used quite a bit from the 1970s through the 1990s, although less in New York than in other parts of the country. This inexpensive, flexible gray pipe material corrodes from the inside out when exposed to chlorine, a common element used to treat drinking water. Therefore, you should replace any polybutylene piping right away.

We also usually recommend replacing galvanized piping, as it is more prone to rust and corrosion than was originally thought when it was first installed. This isn’t typically an emergency job, but it should be done soon.

How Do You Know If Your Pipes Are Wearing Out?

Telltale signs

If you have pipes in your building that are close to the end of their lifespan, you may notice certain warning signs:

  • Visible rust
  • Corrosion that causes thin spots or tiny holes
  • Growth of mold or mildew near pipes
  • Leaks or noticeable cracks or holes
  • Discolored or metallic tasting water
  • Previous incident of frozen pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Old age
  • Noisy pipes
  • Unusually high water bill
  • Water ponding outside near building
  • Unpleasant odors

Don’t wait until you have a broken pipe and consequent water damage to replace pipes on their way out. A reasonable expense up front will be far less than the cost of repairing a completely broken pipe, cleaning up water, and paying for tenants’ damaged belongings, not to mention increased property insurance rates.

How Can You Increase the Lifespan of Pipes?

Use quality materials

Always use the best quality plumbing supplies available. Yes, you pay more at first, but you reap the savings in the long term. At Sanitary Plumbing, we can help you select the best pipes for your property, so you shouldn’t have to replace pipes again in your lifetime. We also encourage property owners to get the best fittings and connectors they can.

Prevent freezing pipes

Freezing pipes are a huge problem in New York City in the winter. There are three prime ways to prevent frozen pipes:

  1. 1. Insulate vulnerable pipes in cold areas.
  2. 2. Insulate chilly rooms (little sun, wind exposure, etc.).
  3. 3. Instruct tenants and staff to never lower the thermostat below 55 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, even if no one is home or the unit is empty.

Know the signs of a freezing pipe and how to try thawing it on your own in case the tips above fail.

Use a filtration system

Avoid the accumulation of sediment, mineral scale, and other unwanted material by using a whole-building filtration system. Not only will it help your pipes, but it will also extend the life of valves, boiler parts, and water heaters.

Treat boiler water

Speaking of your boiler, you want to make sure your boiler water is treated to achieve the proper pH. Water that is too acidic can corrode pipes faster. Our partners at Calray Boilers can assist you with boiler water treatment.

Avoid excess water pressure

Water pressure that is too high exerts too much force on your pipes. This can cause undue wear and tear over time. A pressure regulator solves this problem. This device, installed where the municipal water source enters the property, reduces high pressure to a reasonable level while still giving tenants adequate pressure for activities like showering.

Clean out clogs manually

If you’re a New York City property owner or manager, you’ve probably had your share of clogged pipes. Whenever possible, it’s better to clean out clogs manually with a plunger or snake than to use corrosive liquid drain cleaner. If you don’t have the tools to do this, or if you feel you would rather have a professional do the job, Sanitary Plumbing is happy to come out and take care of it.

Remove tree roots and other infiltrators

Large plantings can intrude on pipes and drain lines, causing clogs and backups. Be sure to keep tree and shrub roots away from your pipes to prevent them from working their way inside or pushing the pipe out of place.

Do you have pipes that are near the end of their lifespan? Not sure if some of your pipes should be replaced before a disaster happens? Call Sanitary Plumbing today at 212-734-5000 or reach out online for a consultation. We do pipe assessments, repairs, and new installations, so you can relax knowing your plumbing system is in tip-top shape.

Our Privacy Policy

Omnia Mechanical Group(the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
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  • Track and record customer satisfaction with our services;
  • Protect the Company against error and fraud;
  • Inform you of special promotions and announcements;
  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

4. Links to Other Sites.

The Website may have links to other websites that may collect personally identifiable information about you. The Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of the content of those linked websites.

5. Safety & Security Precautions.

The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Omnia Mechanical Group, we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

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The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

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10. Changing Your Personal Information.

Should your personal information change, please immediately update your information on the Website. This will ensure the accuracy of our records. The Company does retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with law and collect and disburse any fees owed.

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12. General

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. All amended terms are immediately effective after they are initially posted on the Website.

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