Drain Cleaning

Trouble with your drains?

Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter’s professionals are available to perform routine drain maintenance, emergency cleaning services, and sewer cleaning services. Our drain cleaning services include floor drains, downspout drains, storm drains, sewer drains, and more. If any of your drains are backed up, clogged, or slow draining, leave it to the professionals and give Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter a call. We’ll take care of it. 

As a professional drain cleaning company in the San Fernando Valley and L.A. Area, Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter can help with any kind of clogged drain or sewer cleaning.  Our plumbers service both residential and commercial plumbing needs.  Most drain problems are fairly easy and quick to clear. If left unattended, a more serious drain issue can result in expensive structural damage.  As soon as you become aware of a clogged drain, please give Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter a call for a professional plumbing inspection.

KITCHEN DRAINS: Over time, with the volume of grease, food waste, fats, and detergent being washed down kitchen drains, it is easy for deposits to build up and accumulate on the inner walls of your kitchen pipes resulting in a blocked drain. As a professional drain cleaning service, you can rely on Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter to solve your kitchen drain issues. If your kitchen drain is blocked, we’ll have it cleared, and your drain flowing fast again.

BATHROOM SINK, SHOWER, AND TUB DRAINS: Bathroom drains can easily be clogged up with hair, soap gunk, and grime. Regardless of the plumbing problem, Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter have all of the equipment necessary to address clogged bathroom drains, bathroom sinks, and bathtubs; providing expert sewer cleaning and drain cleaning services.  Give us a call and we will take care of that problem in a jiffy. 

TOILETS: Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter toilet repair plumbing professionals are here to help. Our plumbers perform toilet repairs including: running toilets, unclogging toilets, fixing a toilet leak, toilet installation and replacement for both commercial toilets and residential toilets. When toilets are backed up, call Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter immediately before it becomes a bigger problem. Our plumbing specialists can help diagnose and fix the problem before there is water damage inside your property. 

MAIN LINE: If your mainline is backed up, you could have issues with waste water draining from your house. Signs of main line clogs include: gurgling sounds coming from your drains, toilet water bubbling, water backing up from your tub or shower when flushed, or water bubbling out of your faucets. Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter provides emergency service and we’ll provide a solution to your plumbing-related problems. 

There are several reasons your sewer line could be clogged. The most common main sewer line problems are: broken pipes, debris, and tree roots. Whatever drain is backed up, you can rely on Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter. We have all the equipment and latest technology for any drain call, no matter how big or how small the problem is. We are here to help so give us a call. 

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Charles Chang
August 17, 2023

Came on time and succeeded in unplugging bathroom sink drain. Warranty was only 30 days. Longer warranty such as 90 days will cost more.

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Jaime Valdivia
July 20, 2023

Very happy with the service provided. Very responsive and professional. Work was done on time as scheduled.

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Oona Smith
July 20, 2023

I've worked with Blu Jay Plumbing twice and had a great experience both times. Very helpful and great communication! No hesitation to endorse them.

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Elizabeth Hughes
July 2, 2023

Thank you! Excellent services replacing 70 year old plumbing from under our house and hydro getting main line.

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Sari gassner
May 12, 2023

I felt very comfortable with this company that they knew the problem and would fix it for a reasonable cost. Everyone that came were very nice and easy to work with!

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David Tracq
March 9, 2023

I cannot emphasize enough how very lucky I was to have discovered these guys! I had a main water pipe rupture in my front yard and Blujay was recommended to me by a friend so I gave them a call and they were friendly and responsive and personable and showed up Within a couple of hours! They worked very fast and very hard and very efficient with competitive and great pricing. They will definitely be my go to from here on out, and I wish that I had known about them for the last several years. We are very lucky to have them in our community! We all know how difficult it can be to find, honest and efficient places to help us with the situation’s, and they are hands-down, a highly recommend!

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Faye Zahedi
February 12, 2023

We are very happy with their service. Their office responded our calls fast, and were very respectful. We needed to change 10 feet of sewer pipes. They took extra effort to find out the source of the problem and once they did, they communicated about the job very clearly. They answered all our questions and immediately started to work for hours, and finished the whole job the next day. They provided us some photos of different stages of the job, showing gradual completion of the whole process. They were very respectful and behaved very professionally. We are very happy with their work and definitely will call them anytime we need plumbers in the future.

I love this company and the crew. Pedro is always on top of everything. I have used Blue Jay a couple of times now and I highly recommend their services. They know exactly what needs to done, have experience and solutions for problems and have kept our building free from flooding and damage.

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Ben Sedighi
January 11, 2023

On Jan 10/2023 when it was raining really hard, noticed exterior drainage system was clogged and water was rising and close to getting into the house. I called a few who promised to call, but never did and one who quoted $750 / first hr because of rain, the lady at blujay (Pillar) was curious, understood and promised to call me which she did within 15 min and their price is the same rain or shine. 30 min later Mario and Jose showed up, assessed the issues. worked fast and were able to unclog the drains on both sides of our house in 1 hr while it was raining hard. I can’t say enough about these guys; they are professional, reasonable and ethical. Thank you Pilar, Mario and Jose Ben Sedighi, P.E. LEED AP

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Tyler Clement
December 22, 2022

Incredible customer service, impeccable value. I've worked with many plumbers in the past, and they all seem to gouge you on price but NOT Blu Jay. Honest, attentive, and immensely kind. 10/10 RECOMMEND!!

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Don Chente Bar and Grill
November 30, 2022

The team at Blu Jay were very communicative and got the job done right away! They made scheduling easy and any questions or concerns they always made our company feel like a priority. Thank you Blu Jay Team!

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Kate M
November 22, 2022

This is the best plumbing company I've ever worked with. The initial call was easy and straight forward and the lady who helped me was helpful. Mario was very professional and friendly and took the time to answer my questions and explain things. He arrived on time and they are extremely reasonable in pricing. They are the BEST! I am so glad I found them.

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Linda S
October 4, 2022

We used Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter to hydro-jet the main sewer lines at our condominium building. Pilar was super helpful, and even called to let me know the plumbers were on their way. The team arrived on time and completed the work within the scheduled timeframe. Luis was very knowledgable and explained in detail how the building lines connect to the City sewer. Competitive prices and great work—I highly recommend supporting this family owned business.

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Karen Woodward
September 23, 2022

Pedro and Luis are fantastic. We had to replace 100-year-old pipes going from our house to the main sewer. This was going to involve digging ditches in our driveway and a huge one in our neighbor’s backyard, because the connection to the city sewer was actually on their side of the property. I was definitely dreading this. But Luis and Pedro and their team made the whole process so easy. They were efficient and communicative, not only with me, but also with my neighbor. They explained everything, making sure I understood exactly what was going on, and what I was paying for. They made this whole process so easy. I’d met with 3 plumbers about this job, and I definitely chose the right company. I’d give them more than 5 stars if I could.

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N S
July 21, 2022

Luis, Pedro and team were extremely helpful in getting our plumbing working. Our inspection missed things that Luis was able to pick up and get resolved. Very detailed and professional.

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William Harrigan
July 18, 2022

Done in a timely manner. Showed up on time and showed me what was being done.

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Anne T Hewett
July 7, 2022

Plumbing inspection on new house - very professional and highly recommend!

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Chris Bassett
June 28, 2022

Plumbers were courteous and helpful, but I felt I should have been presented with all options before any attempt was made to break up interior slab. This left a terrible amount of dust. I would hire them again but strongly suggest checking with other contractors regarding all options before breaking up any slabs. Most local plumbers are aware of drain pipe conditions in my neighborhood for houses built in '60's without camera inspections. These were not.

Super Techs Mario & José have a 5-STAR WORK ETHIC. Within the same MINUTE of changing into his work boots, José was in the trench, digging. The job also included camera work & hydro-jetting. My elderly mother was without water for LESS than 90 minutes total on this Mainline Sewer Replacement. All work was completed before the scheduled time. Clean-up was detailed & flawless. TRULY an all-around blessing. MUST mention Pilar here, who fields all calls at Blu Jay, revises all Estimates, and relays messages to El Jefe. Her follow-up skills are OUTSTANDING. She calls you back when she says she will and there was NEVER a worry on the paperwork. You're in good hands with her in the driver's seat. Pedro was a TOTAL professional, stated his assessment clearly, stressed the warranties on Blu Jay's work & materials, mentioned payment options, and answered EVERY question I asked. Overall: An ALL-STAR TEAM here. Would ABSOLUTELY hire again. NOTE: Have some chilled Gatorades ready for these skilled workers because they come READY TO WORK and GET THE JOB DONE.

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ray barri
May 5, 2022

Very professional. Mario and Jose very knowledgeable in hydrojet cleaning and camera inspection. Reasonable pricing for the work performed

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Dwight Wilkes
April 13, 2022

Pedro and Luis at Blue Jay Plumbing and Rooter did an excellent job in hydro-jetting two lines under our house cleaning out over 25 years of grease and negelect. My wife and I could not figure out why our washing machine would frequently back-up spewing water all over the utility room. Mopping up all the water became really annoying. Washing machine repair guy replaced a water control valve; didn't solve the problem. He informed us it was a blockage in our drain lines under the house. That is when we turned to Blue Jay Plumbing and Rooter. Pedro and Luis identified the problem and hydro-jetted the lines. I could not believe all of the grease that came out of those two lines. They did a great job and we have not had a problem since. We are now very careful about allowing anything greasy going down our kitchen sink. I strongly recommend Blue Jay Plumbing and Rooter for all of your hydro-jetting needs.

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Raymond Moreno
April 6, 2022

Great service from the first phone call to schedule appointment to services. Would highly recommend..

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Marcos Gasca
March 30, 2022

Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter were very very Professional and very courteous in helping me with work needed to be done repairing my broken sewer pipe issue at my home with very good contact and very good knowledge of what the problem was and options to fix it, Pilar was the first contact I made, she is outstanding and made the process flow in keeping me in contact with plumbers Pedro and Luis, Blu Jay help me coordinate payment options and explained to me in good detail and didn't make me feel pressured, offered good financial options. Blu Jay fixed my sewer issues fast and is now working well, I can't thank them enough for an outstanding working experience, It's hard to find the kind of company with staff that works to make you feel that professionalism and above customer experience with genuine understanding that these type of matters can be stressful, I do highly recommend Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter. God Bless Them.

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Amy Solan
March 21, 2022

Sewer lateral video, hydrojet and repair due to root intrusion

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Victor Scharfer
March 15, 2022

The company is hands down amazing. They are very professional and on time. The staff are the best including the receptionist Pilar who goes above and beyond for her clients. Pedro and Louis are the best at what they do and they are honest hard working professionals. I highly recommend them to the entire community. His bless Blu Jay plumbing and it’s employees.

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Lawrence Eshoo
March 15, 2022

Excellent work - Did exactly what was needed. Don't bother looking for others. Just call Pedro and you are in great hands. And, they were by far the least expensive.

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Kendra Langer
January 26, 2022

We called Pedro about our outdoor drain issue and both he and Pilar in his office responded within 5 minutes! He promised to be at our house in 4 hours, texted us en route and had his office confirm his visit. He was in and out in 40 minutes and was thorough, explanatory, responsive and successful at rectifying our issue. It was so refreshing to have a real professional respond, visit and repair our problem in a timely fashion. We had contacted our ‘regular’ plumber and another but Blue Jay called promptly. We unequivocally recommend Pedro and his staff and will positively use them again! (hopefully we won’t need to)

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Un Seemly
January 22, 2022

Blu Jay Plumbing absolutely gets a "5 Star" rating from us for : Quality Professionalism Responsiveness Knowledge Value Luis, Pedro, and Pilar were excellent to work with - "Thank You!" We will definitely use Blu Jay for all our plumbing needs in the future and I will recommend them to my family and friends.

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Erik Jessen
January 15, 2022

Replaced a piece of clay sewer pipe that had been damaged by tree roots with a piece of plastic pipe. The clay pipe was more than six feet down and partially under the sidewalk. This was NOT easy digging. Luis and crew carefully hand-dug the pipe out and replaced it. They filled in the hole and cleaned up the mess. One day later, it's hard to tell where the hole was dug. Quality, efficient work at a reasonable price. We definitely recommend Blu Jay and will use them again in the future.

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Judith Roach
December 22, 2021

Pedro and his crew were timely and professional. We have an 80year old house with that age piping. He unclogged our sewer/ pipe line exiting the house by removing tree roots and Roto-rooting our pipes. He ended up needing to do a trench less repair of our main line and lining the sewer line to the main trunk. Pedro was very forthright in how our pipes looked with his camera system and what was needed to make our sewer line clear to avoid future backup’s. ( which ALWAYS happens around the holidays!). He helped us get our house back to normal pre-backup. Thank you Pedro.

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Flattened Data
November 24, 2021

Great service friendly staff. Fixed drain clog quickly and efficiently

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A Google User
September 15, 2021

You're in very good hands with Pedro and his crew. I loved that he was very responsive and concerned about the issues and took problem solving to the next level. They didn't leave me hanging at any point and got the job done.

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John Bauer
August 27, 2021

easy to work with, good communication, solid work, on time.

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Mara Waldman
August 25, 2021

Great Service, Fair Price, Honest Communication. Will Definitely use them again. Thanks Blu Jay

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Daniel Mahoney
August 1, 2021

The technicians spent a lot of time to clear the clog using the hydro-jet system. Then they showed the pipe using their camera. They did a very good job.

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Ruth Nolen
July 14, 2021

Blue Jay Plumbing installed a new main sewer line at my residence. I was very pleased with the professional, and courteous manner in which they completed the project. Did exactly what they said they would do, in the time frame that they promised. Would highly recommend them. Thank you, Luis - great job.

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Skid_Row Ranger
May 31, 2021

Plumbing company was quick to answer phone and send out a plumber in a few hours. Plumber was on time and cordial. Plumber quoted a price before work was started and completed in a timely manner.

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Kevin Thomas
May 21, 2021

Unclog drain serving two side-by-side sinks in my master bedroom bathroom

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Jennifer Gomez
May 14, 2021

Blu Jay plumbing was great. They were professional and have fair prices Luis was knowledgeable and gave me options and there team was able to work with me and got the job done at fair price. I will definitely use them again!!

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Gil Montes De Oca
May 13, 2021

Pilar is the best, no worries, great job !

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Jacques Stambouli
May 12, 2021

Very professional and friendly

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sonia barrett
May 6, 2021

Excellent service and we will be using them again!

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Chloe Pynn
April 26, 2021

These guys were great. Solved the problem with a sewer pipe blockage, inspected main line and gave an honest evaluation of it- not the expensive replacement job we’d been quoted by another company, and came up with a great solution for how to replace the old sewer pipe/drain that we have that is problematic, which we will do next time we get a blockage. Appreciated the follow up call as well. Thank you

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Stephanie Chin
April 26, 2021

I called Blu Jay Plumbing on St. Patricks Day at 5 PM, they came out to my property by 7 PM. I was amazed at the professionalism from the moment I called and spoke to Pilar to the work completed by Christian and his team. Unlike other plumbing rooter companies I've used in the past, Blu Jay actually cares about the customer's needs. The reason I called them was because the company I had used before told me they would not be able to come out to clear our clog until two weeks later. Pilar was super helpful and made multiple calls to all the plumbers to see which team could come out to my area. She kept me in the loop the entire time which was extremely considerate and professional. The job was not easy and Christian and his team were there for almost 3 hours. Nonetheless, they did an incredible job and we were able to flush our toilets again, LOL. I would highly recommend Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter to everyone in the SoCal area!

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Katharine Hernandez
April 26, 2021

Blu Jay Plumbing is the place to call for all your plumbing needs! Pilar was super helpful on the phone and kept us updated on the arrival time of the plumbers. We had an issue with our main drain line and Pedro & his team came out immediately to clear the line. They hydro jetted the line and cleaned up the insane amount of build up that was pouring out of the clean out. I have never been more satisfied with a plumber. In the past, the line was not cleared properly and we still had issues the same day/week. Blu Jay took good care of us and left the place super tidy. Thank you Blu Jay for your hard work! I would recommend this company to all my friends, family, and neighbors.

This company was great. I called them and tried to get them to come before the end of the day and repair a leak. They were honest enough to say that they couldn't come that day, but they'll come first thing in the morning. The plumber later that day called and asked if he could come that afternoon, which he did. He sent me photos of what the problem was to get my approval to do the work. He was done before the end of the day. The residents checked to see if there were any more leaks. The dispatcher was also great. She was very easy to communicate and work with. I would use them again in the future.

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Angelica Cadena
April 7, 2021

Blu Jay Plumbing Is as GOOD as it GETS!! Pedro arrived on time, professional, courteous, knowledgeable and fixed my problem!! Highly recommend. Thank you!!

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Lynda A.
March 17, 2021

I feel it's rare to still encounter A+ customer service these days, but I was very happy to have my faith renewed after working with Blu Jay Plumbing last week. We were panicked because one of our sinks was clogged, yet again, but now our second sink was also backing up. We did not want to call the last plumber who told us our only option was to pay them 5K+ to repair our issue. Based on their reviews we decided to call Blu Jay. I reached Pedro who was calm, professional and reassured me they could determine and fix the problem and that they adhere to all CDC guidelines. As promised, Luis and Rueben arrived within their timeframe, masked, with shoe covers and maintained appropriate distance. It did not take long for them to troubleshoot our sinks, but I was happy to see they too used a camera to determine what was clogging our pipes. They too reported that we had major root blockage, but that they could hydrojet and allow us time to save up for our necessary pipe replacement. We so appreciated their honesty, professionalism and competitive rates. Luckily, their amazing hydrojet cleared most of the root problem and we are already saving to have Blu Jay return for our needed work. Not only that, but they included on our invoice that what we paid would be deducted from our future repair. We will only use them from now on! We found a business we can trust and we saw first hand that they put their customers first and this makes all the difference. Call them if you're ever in need, you can't go wrong!

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Heidi Stuart
March 16, 2021

All of the employees were very courteous and professional. They responded immediately, diagnosed the problem, (which turned out to be much more involved than just a clogged toilet), and handled the repair and cost with the utmost respect. I was treated like family and would be happy to recommend them.

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Nadia Arias
January 31, 2021

Provided quick response, fair prices and excellent service. Interacted with 3 staff members and all very professional and courteous.

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Ken Liley
January 21, 2021

The Blu Jay team responded quickly to my request which included replacing all of my area drains. They provided me a quick estimate and were able to start work immediately. The team responded quickly to any questions I had and we very attentive. I was impressed by their efforts and hired them to also replace my driveway, 1/2 my garage and driveway apron. The team still stuck to the completion schedule even with the additional work. Pedro Sr and Jr were excellent partners and I will refer them to friends and family in the future. Good job!!

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Jose Aguaz
December 29, 2020

I am grateful that I found Blu Jay Plumbing , they were able to fix my problem. This was an emergency they are truly “lifesavers”!! Thank you guys..

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Daisy Calderon
December 19, 2020

Blu Jay plumbing came out and cleared my bathroom sink and toilet. Luis was really nice, arrived on time, professional. Cleared backup in no time. And will have him come out to do more work. Gladly, found myself a new plumber. Thank you Luis!!!

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Nikkia Maryse
December 18, 2020

The crew was on time. Did the work with minimal disruption to me as I worked from home. And they cleaned up all of the dirt and even managed to put the grass back in place. And they were reasonably priced! I’ll definitely use them again.

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alex rodriguez
December 17, 2020

Blu Jay plumbing was very professional and efficient, I was helped by Christian he was very professional Knew exactly what to do and got the job done!! I definitely Recommend them!

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Belia Foronda
December 17, 2020

The Toilet is working correctly

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Jacky A.o
December 16, 2020

My first time using this company.Blu Jay Plumbing did not just do the job, plumber Luis found the root of the problem and found a long term solution. I was comfortable with there prices and I will recommend to others. Thank you Blu Jay Plumbing.

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Cynthia Chang
December 15, 2020

Blu Jay Plumbing was fantastic! Was referred to them by a friend. On time, Luis was polite, neat and cleared our mainline at a reasonable price. Great job!

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Antonio Pizano Jr.
December 15, 2020

I've had this great small business at my home on 3 different occasions over the last 6 months for different issues and they have been solid all 3 times. I had 3 different technicians out all 3 times and they were always clean, professional, and very clear as to what the issue was and how they were going to resolve it! They've jetted our sewer lines, identified a major leak (that we were not aware of) under our kitchen (which explained a minor moldy smell we were experiencing during that time), replaced old corroded sewer line with ABS, uncloggedd 2 drains, re-routed two water lines, and conducted a full inspection of all our sewer lines with their camera. Great small valley-based business!!

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Lucy Cadena Anaya
December 15, 2020

Christian came on the same day. Did a great job and was very reasonable far better priced than the others. I needed my bathroom unclogged. He was very professional. Pilar the dispatcher was very nice and attentive. I would highly recommend Blu jay plumbing.

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Diego Torres
December 11, 2020

Blu Jay Plumbing was absolutely exceptional! I found business online , I hired them to clear my clogged shower . Plumber Luis was on time and was prepared to work. Professional and courteous. There prices are fair and I will recommend to my neighbors and friends . I am a happy customer !!

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Sean Opteyndt
December 9, 2020

Amazing service. They were on time, great price. I contacted Pedro when I had an issue with my outdoor drains. Blu Jay plumbing arrived on time, hydro jetted my drain and sewer clean outs. They found my drains collapsed due to tree roots and had them fixed in no time. Thank you for the quality service.

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Rosa Delgadillo
November 19, 2020

My bathtub and bathroom sink were clogged badly. A friend referred me to this company and a young man Chris came to the rescue. He was professional and did a great job. I would definitely recommend to my family members and friends.

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Miriam Rodriguez
November 18, 2020

very friendly operator Pilar who setup the appointment. Christian arrived at my door within ONE hour. He appearance and equipment were excellent. Christian was very friendly knowledgeable and quickly diagnosed the problem. There rates are very reasonable and I was very impressed with Blu Jay Plumbing . I would highly recommend them!

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Lily Segovia
November 11, 2020

Had some plumbing issues , Christian took care of the situation, he was on time , knowledgeable, experienced, had all the tools he needed to take care of the problems, Overall great experience, great service!!

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Professional Plumbing and Rooter Serving the San Fernando Valley and L.A. Area

A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS FOR OVER 20 YEARS

Pedro Rodriquez - Owner

Pedro has over 20 years experience in construction related services and the plumbing industry.  He has owned and operated his own plumbing business since 2015.

How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger 

If your toilet has been a little sluggish while flushing lately, your anxiety may be building as to whether it will be clogged the next time you flush, and this is particularly bothersome if the company is coming over.

Have you ever wondered why backed-up garbage disposals or clogged toilets always seem to happen around the holidays? Our plumbing systems are put under stress with all of the guests that have been invited.

Use your imagination and you can understand why plumbers refer to the Friday after Thanksgiving – one of their busiest days of the year – as ‘Brown Friday.’

Now if you are going to try and unclog your toilet with a plunger, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Shut off the water valve behind the toilet (always turning to the right)
  2. Make sure you are using the correct toilet plunger (one with a circular rubber cup in the center of the handle with a rubber flange on the outside of the cup).
  3. Make sure there is enough water in the bowl, so the cup and flange are submerged under the water.
  4. Direct the plunger at an angle so the cup can fill with water and not air. Once you have a good plunger connection with your toilet, hold the handle with both hands (gloves are recommended, but are not required) and work the plunger down and up forcefully five or six times without breaking the seal with the toilet opening. You will need to maintain downward pressure on the handle even when letting up a little on the upstroke to maintain the desired seal.
  5. The goal of the alternating compression and suction is to free up what is clogging your toilet;
  6. You may need to repeat the process as needed until the clog is cleared,
  7. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet and locate the rubber flapper as this is your emergency water shutoff if the toilet is still clogged. If the toilet flushes normally, job well done.
  8. If the toilet is still clogged, push the flapper over the toilet bowl hole and once the water stops refilling, plunge again.


Usually, a plunger will do the trick. If your toilet is still clogged, try using a toilet snake. If still clogged after all your efforts, it’s time to call us and we will be right over.

Notwithstanding the additional stress on our plumbing systems with holiday company, you can help avoid clogging your toilet by NEVER flushing the following:

  1. Tissues
  2. Paper towels
  3. Feminine products
  4. Non-degradable toilet paper
  5. Q-tips, cotton makeup puffs or balls, band-aids

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

I have a few pet peeves and at the top of the list are rude drivers and having water build up around my ankles when I start a shower. We all know one of the primary causes of a clogged shower drain and it is not my hair since I don’t have any. We try using those hair drain catchers, but invariably, hair (my wife’s) manages to slip through and eventually, the shower drain is clogged.

Before you call a plumber, there are a few DIY things that you could do to clear up that clogged drain:

Try Pouring Boiling Hot Water Down the Drain

  1. Bring a saucepan or teakettle filled with water to a boil;
  2. Pour the hot water down the drain a bit at a time.


The hot water will help dissolve the material clogging your drain. Only try this if you have metal and not PVC pipes.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar to Unclog Your Drain

Borrowing from that elementary school volcano science project:

  1. Mix equal parts of baking soda with vinegar (try 1/3 cup of each) in a Pyrex measuring cup;
  2. Pour your solution immediately down your clogged drain and let it rest for at least one hour;
  3. Pour hot water down the drain to flush down your mixture.


Ideally, the chemical reaction that caused your paper-mache volcano to erupt will dissolve the hair and grime that has backed up your shower drain.

Try Using a Wire Coat Hanger to Unclog Your Drain

This method might be a little messy and disgusting but worth a try:

  1. Use a screwdriver to pry open the shower drain;
  2. Straighten out your wire coat hanger leaving the hook at the top;
  3. Snake the wire down the drain to fish out any debris that is causing the clog;
  4. After you have pulled out all that you can, pour boiling hot water down the drain and replace the drain cover.


If you still have a clogged shower drain, give us a call and we will fix it right away.

How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain With a Plunger

With all the stuff we send down our bathtub drain (soap, hair, and hair care products) it will eventually get clogged up. Before you rush to call a plumber, you might be able to unclog it with an old-fashioned cup-style plunger.

  1. The first thing to do is remove any overflow drain covering and seal the opening with duct tape. In case it is not obvious, the overflow drain is located at the top of the tub under the faucet spout. Since plungers work on suction power, the overflow drain acts like an air vent if it is not sealed.
  2. Remove the stopper at the bottom of the main drain; Fill the tup with about 1 to 2 inches of water with the plunger covering the main drain;
  3. Plunge the drain with quick up and down strokes five or six times then pull the plunger away. Repeat this process as needed until the drain begins to flow freely.
  4. If the drain is still clogged, remove the duct tape and insert a snake through the overflow drain opening.


If this does not clear your clogged tub, you probably need to call a professional plumber at Blu Jay Plumbing and Rooter.

How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

Let’s face it – trying to unclog a toilet is not fun and it is disgusting and messy. Unfortunately, we will be faced with this situation eventually and here are a few tips on what to do if you do not have a plunger:

  1. Pour about one-half cup of some liquid dish soap into the toilet bowl. Ideally, the slippery detergent will lubricate the clogged pipe so the clogged material can slide down the pipes more easily.
  2. If the soap alone didn’t work, try pouring hot water into the bowl from about belt high. The force of the water with the soap might get things moving.
  3. You might try snaking the toilet with a wire hanger. I have a client who’s son would have massive hard poops as he could go two or three days without pooping. Once he would finally poop, it was so hard it would frequently clog up the toilet. My client finally resorted to using this DIY wire hanger snake to get things moving.
  4. As was mentioned in the Unclogging a Shower Drain section, try mixing equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pouring down your toilet. You could add hot water to the bowl if necessary.

What services we offer

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Street Services

We specialize 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.

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Hydro Jetting

We offer hydro jetting services, this includes residential, commercial, restaurants and storm drains. We have the latest nozzles for any type of drain that needs service.

Leak Detection

Leak Detection

Blu Jay Plumbing professionals will inspect and detect gas or water leaks on new or existing installations.

Drain Cleaning

Drain Cleaning

Our drain cleaning services include floor drains, downspout drains, storm drains, sewer drains, and more.

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Sewer Camera Inspections

If your sewer line is not working properly, it could cause significant damage to your home or office.

Trenchless Sewer Replacement

Trenchless Sewer Replacement

We offer the latest in trenchless sewer replacement from Pipe Bursting to Rehabilitating your line (Liner).