Purchasing a home is a big step in life and it can be a stressful and expensive endeavor for anyone. While there are many steps included in the home buying process, one of the most important stages is inspecting the house. The last thing you need after investing money into a home is to find a issue or problem with it. That being said, it is important to perform a thorough and detailed inspection before sealing the deal. During your home inspection, you’ll probably check out the bedrooms, kitchen size, available closet space, the landscape, and surely other important items and areas as well. However, with all the excitement of buying a new house, home buyers often forget to check the plumbing. Plumbing is one of the most important facets of a home. Even the smallest plumbing problem could potentially lead to something much worse.

There are a lot of fixtures throughout a home that is considered as ‘plumbing’. This includes sinks, bathtubs, pipes, sprinkler systems, heating pipes, and so much more. Checking all the plumbing during a pre-purchase inspection is unlikely, but to help ensure you don’t overlook any looming issues in the home you are purchasing, we put together a brief checklist that potential homebuyers can use to check the plumbing when purchasing a home in Southern California. Here are some things you should be on the lookout for:


Perhaps the biggest concern for most home buyers is any type of leakage within the household. Leakage from a sink, pipe, or other fixtures is a good indicator of a plumbing issue, however, there are other types of leakage that aren’t easily detectable or even visible. If leaks are left unfixed, bigger problems, like mold formation and water damage. To ensure there are no other leaks in your house, it’s best to have an experienced plumbing company evaluate the plumbing to detect any leaks.

Plumbing Fixtures

When inspecting your home, be sure to check the plumbing fixtures throughout the house. Check for signs like a slow draining sink can be an indicator that there is potentially a much larger problem in the sewer pipes. Usually, issues with plumbing fixtures are caused by a clogged or busted pipe. Also be sure to turn on the sinks and showers in the home. Doing so will allow you to determine how the water drains and how high, or low, the water pressure is. If you notice anything unusual about the plumbing structures within your home, be sure to contact a professional plumbing service.  

Complete Plumbing and Rooter Tip: Be sure to check for rusted pipes located by a toilet or under the sink. Rusting pipes are likely to burst which can cause an area to flood.

Sewer Pipes

There are two things homeowners should understand out sewage problems in their home: they are disgusting and can be very expensive. When performing the pre-purchase inspection, do not forget to make sure all the toilets in the house flush properly. Having blocked sewage pipes can eventually force sewage into your home unexpectedly. In addition, busted or cracked pipes can cause the entire system to operate improperly.

Hot Water Heaters

Most experienced plumbers can quickly figure out the age and condition of a hot water system just by performing a standard inspection. The age and condition of your water heater can vary. Most systems have an average lifespan of 12 years. If the system is old and near the end of its use, you can use that as a point to negotiate the overall price. Having this inspected beforehand could end up being extremely beneficial.

Complete Plumbing and Rooter Tip: Be sure to inspect the pressure relief valve to make sure it is in good, working condition. Valves can fail due to old age, and when this happens, the pressure will build up inside the tank. This is something you definitely want to avoid as it could eventually lead to your system exploding.

Water Pipes

Pipes don’t last forever. Over time water pipes will begin to deteriorate. Copper piping is vulnerable to rust and can create leaks.  Having pipes leak inside the walls or ceiling can cause very costly damages to a home. Avoid water damage to your new home and make sure that the water pipes are in good shape and have years of life left.

Of course, there are a number of things you want to check out on your own when performing a pre-purchase inspection of a potential new home, but when it comes to the home’s plumbing, you may want to have a professional plumber come and inspect the house’s plumbing before you purchase it. At Complete Plumbing and Rooter, we know what to look for in plumbing as well as how to determine if a plumbing issue needs to be fixed. Having these issues taken care of before purchasing a home can save you time, money, and stress. When you need plumbing services in Southern California, you can count on the plumbing experts at Complete Plumbing and Rooter!