7 Plumbing Things to Check Before Buying a Home in the Greater Sacramento Area


Home buying in the greater Sacramento area can be fun and exciting but overwhelming and time-consuming at the same time. After working out the financial details, you have the critical responsibility of checking every detail of the home by conducting a thorough inspection, including the plumbing system, before doing the paperwork.

You want to make sure that everything is in great shape to avoid going into your pockets to fix issues you had not noticed. Plumbing problems are among the most common problems new homeowners encounter when moving in, as they are not easy to detect when making casual inspections.

To save yourself the cost of major repairs, Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning recommends getting one of our expert plumbers to inspect your plumbing system thoroughly. We also recommend knowing some plumbing things to check when buying a home in the greater Sacramento area.

1. Sinks, Toilets, and Faucets

Sinks, faucets, and toilets say a lot about the health of your new home’s plumbing system. The toilet and the sink can also help you determine the health of your plumbing system. You can do this by turning on each faucet and checking if the water drains quickly from every sink. Check for leaks beneath the faucet and below the sink. You can also flush the toilet and check for leaks around the toilet base.

2. Water Meter

One of the easiest ways to check for leaks is by inspecting the water meter. You can do this by reading the current meter, turning off all the faucets, and checking to see if the meter stops. If it’s moving, there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

3. Shut-Off Valve

Test if the shut-off valve is functional by closing it fully and turning on the faucets throughout the house. If water gushes out or drips, consider replacing it. It’s also important to check all the valves controlling water flow and ensure everything is working efficiently.

4. Septic System

Most old homes use a septic system to drain wastewater. You will need to call plumbers to open the septic tank and check if the system is in good condition. If the septic tank appears full, consider scheduling septic tank pumping and cleaning.

5. Main Sewer Drain

Inspecting the main sewer drain is especially important if you’re purchasing an older house. Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning recommends hiring an experienced plumber to check the condition of the primary drain. The main sewer drain can break down due to age or damage, which can be repaired by a qualified plumber.

6. Water Stains

If you notice water stains on the walls or ceiling or the presence of mold, you could be dealing with leaking pipes. While leaky pipes can be quite cheap to fix, the damage they cause to your walls and ceiling can be quite expensive to repair.

7. Water Heater

Your water heater system installation is a huge investment. Repairing or replacing it after you’ve just bought a new house can drain you financially.  That’s why you want to work with a qualified plumber to inspect and check for leaks, noises, smells, and other problems that could signal a repair.

Get In Touch With Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for All Your HVAC Services

Need help inspecting the plumbing system for your new Sacramento home? Contact us, and we will be happy to send our experienced plumbers your way.