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What’s your favorite Los Angeles neighborhood? We admit to a little bias, but we believe that the South Bay is the city’s best. From Manhattan Beach to Torrance, we have the best beaches, the most comfortable weather, and some of the friendliest residents in Southern California.

Every year it seems that more and more people move here. Buying or renting a house in Hermosa or Redondo is exciting, but you should also heed all of the potential hidden problems that come with moving into a new place. General inspections are usually mandatory before you move, but they don’t always catch everything.

Here are a few issues to be aware of as you transition into your new home.


To an untrained professional, leaks can easily go un-detected. In the most extreme cases, they’ll result in a flood, but often they happen out of eye site. Actually, your home was built so that you wouldn’t necessarily be aware of the location of your pipes, which is why they’re stuck behind the walls or under the floorboards. A leak could potentially go on for a while before you know it, and cause untold damages in the process.

It’s important to research your pipes before signing on the dotted line of your new home. Older pipes should probably be replaced by an experienced pro. For the best plumber Hermosa Beach has to offer, call Torrance Plumbing and Heating. We’ll inspect your pipes and evaluate their sustainability. For example, if they’re made from PVC, you can expect a much different performance than if they’re 80 years old and built out of copper.

Faulty sewer lines

As you research the pipes, it’s a good idea to take inventory of other plumbing networks as well. If neglected, sewer lines can become a major headache for the new homeowner. Like the home’s pipes, the survival and strength of outdoor lines depends on their age. Recent advancements in piping guarantees that most sewer lines will last a very long time, but if yours wasn’t inspected or repaired in more than, say, 30 years, you should definitely consider an inspection. Otherwise, you could possibly have to reckon with a smelly plumbing emergency.

If you’re reluctant to do a full, official inspection, one warning sign to heed is the presence of trees in your yard. Large, older trees may have deep, wide-spread roots. These can potentially interfere with and even burst an underground sewer line.

Clogged drains
A clogged drain may seem like an unforeseen problem that has more to do with recent events versus a long-term issue with the home. However, barring any large foreign objects that may have fallen down your pipes, clogs usually happen as the result of build-up over time.

Debris can collect inside of a sink’s drain, for example, and after so many years, it will cause the water to back up. The solution is simple. Run a preliminary check on your home’s drains. As you move from room to room, just let the water run for a minute to make sure it properly drains.