The Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA community has been calling on Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter since our inception and we have been their “go to” plumber for many years. We have proven that we will always strive to deliver professional service at fair and reasonable prices. Our customers know that our staff and technicians take great pride in their service and work to ensure that they are always completely satisfied.

All of our services are performed by professional technicians who are fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Plumbing Services Offered in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA

  • Hydro Jetting – Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter uses specialized equipment to utilize highly pressurized water through your drain or sewer lines to remove clogs caused by the buildup of grease, mineral and limescale buildup, tree roots and other debris.
  • Drain Cleaning – Can be done either by using a commercial grade plumbers’ snake or by using a hydro jetter. Only after performing a camera inspection, will our professionally trained plumbing technicians know which method will be the most cost beneficial and effective in solving the problem.
  • Sewer Camera Inspections – Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter uses specialized equipment to inspect and diagnose the cause(s) of clogged drains and sewer lines to determine the most appropriate method to free up your plumbing system.
  • Leak Detection – We have trained technicians that specialize in identifying sources of hidden leaks in you plumbing system or gas lines. Once the source of the leak has been determine, we can recommend the most appropriate method to solve the problem.
  • Install or Repair Hot Water Heaters – Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter will inspect your current hot water heater and depending on its age and overall condition, tell you if it is cost beneficial to repair or replace your current hot water heater.
  • Street Services – Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter specializes in new sewer connections whether it is Installing new sewer laterals for new construction or for converting from a private disposal system to the city sewer system. We will extend city main lines and construct or re-modify manholes per Plan specifications.

All of us at Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter are proud and honored to serve historic Van Nuys, a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley. Home to Van Nuys Airport and the Valley Municipal Building, it is the most populous community in the Valley. The early history of this area with its Native American Indians being colonized by the Spanish is similar to that of other parts of the whole San Fernando Valley.

We will fast forward to the early part of the 20th Century when in 1909, the Suburban Homes Company purchased 48,000 acres of the Farming and Milling Company for $2.5 million.  After Henry E. Huntington extended the Pacific Electric Railway (Red Cars) through the Valley to Owensmouth (now Canoga Park), the Suburban Home Company developed plans for roads and the towns of Van Nuys, Reseda (Marian) and Canoga Park (Owensmouth).

The town was founded in 1911 and named for Isaac Newton Van Nuys, a farmer, business visionary and one of its developers.  It was annexed by Los Angeles on May 22, 1915, after completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, providing it with the water required for future development.  Van Nuys became the first new stop on the San Fernando Line of the Pacific Electric Railway, which help propel its early land sales and commercial development. 

Van Nuys became the Valley’s satellite Los Angeles municipal civic center with the 1932 Art Deco Valley Municipal Building (Van Nuys City Hall), a visual landmark and Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Van Nuys Airport

Van Nuys Airport opened on December 17, 1928, the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, as Metropolitan Airport. The 80 acre airport that was surrounded by trees and farmland, was used for general aviation, and became popular with Hollywood stars as as a filming location. Who can forget that memorable airport scene at the end in the 1942 film “Casablanca”?

In 1942, after the United States entered World War II, the government purchased the airport and converted it into the Van Nuys Army Airfield. The Army acquired an additional 163 acres of land to expand the runways and airfield. During the war, the airfield was used by the 4th Air Force, which stationed the 428th Fighter Squadron with Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in 1943. In 1944, the 441st Army Air Forces Base Unit was added to train additional pilots for the P-38. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Corporation created an aircraft modification facility known as the Navy Lockheed Plant. Soon, other aerospace companies would become established in the area

Van Nuys Airport - Van Nuys, CA
Van Nuys Airport – Van Nuys, CA

In 1949, after the war, the City of Los Angeles purchased the airport from the War Assets Administration for $1, with the agreement that a California Air National Guard base would continue to operate at the site. The name of the airport, which by then had expanded to over 400 acres, changed it’s name to San Fernando Valley Airport.

In the 1950s, the California Air National Guard based North American F-86 Sabre jets at the airport and built new permanent facilities. In 1957, the airport’s name would change one last time to Van Nuys. By the end of the decade, Van Nuys was ranked as the 25th busiest airport in the US despite having no commercial air service.

Van Nuys Airport ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, with 232,000 aircraft operations in 2020.

After visiting the airport, you can scoot over to the nearby Valley Relics Museum founded by long time Valley resident  and collector, Tommy Gelinas.  The museum houses items from the San Fernando Valley and beyond including old signs (like the original Mel’s Drive-In  sign rescued from a restaurant in San Francisco where “American Graffiti” was filmed), old Valley photos and other interesting artifacts like the original “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” VW Bus Tommy take great pride in trying to preserve the Valley’s rich history for future generations.

Tommy Gelinas, founder of Valley Relice Musuem in van Nuys
Valley Relics Museum founder, Tommy Gelinas

After visiting the airport, you can hop over to Mercado Buenos Aires for some authenic Argentian food. Although this family-owned restaurant, market and deli  has been serving empanadas, a vast offering of grilled meats and steaks, and a variety of light desserts since 1989, Mercado Buenos Aires may be one of the best culinary secrets in the Valley.  As the owner says, Mercado Buenos Aires is more than a restaurant; it is a gathering place.

Mercado Buenos Aires has a similar restaurant, market and deli in Granada Hills and another restaurant in Northridge.

Barbecued Steak at Mercado Buenos Aires
Just one of the many grilled meats on the menu at Mercado Buenos Aires
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