Plumbing troubles aren’t always obvious. And if plumbing problems are not detected and therefore ignored, they can cause damage and be the source of many headaches in the future. So if you are in the process of buying a home, it makes good sense to have the plumbing thoroughly checked out before you place a bid on that dream home.

A small leak that goes unnoticed can do tremendous damage to walls, floors and paint. Plumbing problems can also lead to mold, which is something you really don’t want to deal with. Mold can cause skin irritation, asthma attacks and itchy eyes. We recommended you call a plumber to come in and take a good look at your pipes before committing to buying a house. At the very least, you should look for signs that there is something amiss with the plumbing.

American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers these signs that there could be a plumbing issue.



Check for stains on the ceiling, on floors and on walls because they could be due to a leaky pipe. If these stains are accompanied by an earthy or musty smell, odds are that there is a leak in progress. If the stain is dark, that is a sign there could be mold.

If there is a stain on the ceiling, chances are that the leak is coming from an upstairs bathroom. Of course, it could be a leak coming from your roof as well, so you had better get it checked out before placing a bid on the property.


Not only is a running toilet rather annoying, but it will also hit you hard when it comes time to pay the water bill. You could just jiggle the handles after each flush, but that would get tiresome quickly.

Not that a running toilet is necessarily a big deal when it comes to everything that can be wrong with the plumbing, but it should be checked out anyway.


If you turn on the water and it only trickles from the tap, you have an issue with water pressure. Low water pressure can be caused by residue that has built up in the pipes over time. This is much more common if you have hard water. Make sure that you have it checked out before moving forward with offering a bid on the house.


You might think that a clogged drain can be easily resolved with a plunger. And in many cases, you would be correct. However, a clogged sink or several clogged sinks could indicate a more serious problem, like a sewer pipe blocked by tree roots. In such a case, there is really no way you can resolve the problem on your own and will have to rely on the services of a professional.


A dripping faucet is a common problem that is an easy fix in most cases. A leaky faucet shouldn’t keep you from making an offer on a house that you like. However, make sure that you plan on having it fixed as soon as possible. All too often, leaky faucets are ignored and drive up the water bill and waste hundreds of gallons of water per year.


When touring a home for sale, make sure you turn on the faucets one at a time and listen for any unusual noises. If you do hear a strange noise, it could be because the house is haunted. We are kidding of course, but it could mean there is a problem with the plumbing. Noisy pipes are cause for a call to your local plumber to see what the problem is.


Take a close look at the water bill for the house you want to buy and determine if it is unusually high. A high water bill is a sign that there could be a problem. A water leak is one reason for an unusually high water bill. It will need to be checked out before moving forward.


A gurgling toilet may be a sign that you have a clogged or compromised drain. Better have it checked out by American Drain Company. Give them a call today.