Atlanta Home Inspectors Maintainence Guide

Advice on Maintaining Your Investment

Atlanta home inspectors know what to look for when doing a home inspection. Our home inspectors have years of experience in construction and are very skilled in assessing the structural integrity of a home. Our Atlanta home inspectors go through continuous training and are active within the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). These Atlanta home inspectors are ASHI certified and building-code certified by the International Construction Code (ICC).

Homes and their systems will wear out over time. Knowing how long a system or component will last enables the homeowner to plan and save for their repair or replacement. The following estimated life expectancies are based on averages and assumption of routine maintenance. Features that will impact these ranges include workmanship and installation quality, proper usage, geography, weather conditions, exposure to the elements and proper maintenance.

Average Life Expectancy by System

HEATING SYSTEM

YEARS

Furnace 15 – 25
Fans 15 – 30
Duct Work 25 +

AIR CONDITIONING

YEARS

Compressors 10 – 15
Fans 15 – 35

PLUMBING SYSTEMS

YEARS

Water Heaters:

Gas 12 – 20
Electric 10 – 15

Fixtures:

Faucets 20 – 60
Sinks, tubs, toilets 40 – 90

WATER SYSTEMS

YEARS

Public Water Line:
Copper 70 – 100
Cast Iron 60 – 100
Steel 40 – 75
P.V.C. Yet to be determined
Polybutylene Yet to be determined

Inside Water Supply Line:

Steel 40 – 60
Copper 50 – 70
Lead 50 – 70
P.V.C. Yet to be determined
PEX Yet to be determined
Polybutylene Yet to be determined

Waste Drain Piping:

Steel 40 – 60
Lead 70 – 100
Copper 60 – 100
Cast Iron 50 – 90
P.V.C. Yet to be determined
A.B.S. Yet to be determined

WELL SYSTEMS

YEARS

Submersible Pump 15 – 20
Above Ground Pump 10 – 20
Steel Pressure Storage Tank 15 – 25
Fiberglass Pressure Storage Tank 25 – 50

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

YEARS

Steel Tank 15 – 30
Concrete tank 10 – 20
Steel Pressure Storage Tank 25 – 40

ROOFING SYSTEMS

YEARS

Fiberglass Reinforced Asphalt Shingles 15 – 25
3-Ply or 4-Ply Built-up Roofing 10 – 15
Metal 50 – 90
Cedar 20 – 50
Slate 35 – 200

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

Aluminum 15 – 20
Galvanized 15 – 22
Copper 35 – 60
P.V.C. 25 +

SIDING & VENEERS

YEARS

Aluminum 20 – 30
Vinyl 20 – 30
Hardboard or Composition 25 – 40
T-111 Plywood 20 – 40
Stucco 60 +
Stucco with Regular Painting 200 +
Cement-Asbestos with Painting 40 – 100
Brick 100 +
Masonry 100 +

WINDOW SYSTEMS

YEARS

Wood 35 – 100
Aluminum 10 – 25
Vinyl 20 +
Aluminum Storm Windows 30 – 40

INSIDE MATERIALS

YEARS

Plaster Walls 70 – 120
Plaster Ceilings 60 – 90
Ceramic Tile:
Wet Bed 40 – 90
Mastic System 14 – 20
Champia Real Estate Inspections, LLC, Home Inspection Service, Peachtree Corners, GA

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