All Star Plumbing & Rooter Inc. All Star Plumbing & Rooter Inc. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:17:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sink Clog-Clearing Tips From Your 24-Hour Plumber Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:09:05 +0000 One way for a homeowner to experience sudden anxiety begins in the bathroom. Your sink is a valuable device when it comes to washing your hands, brushing your teeth, putting in your contacts, and so on. However, if the water running into the drain begins to back up and fill the basin, the stress can begin to build. Don’t panic! As one of Los Angeles’ quality rooter service companies, we’re here to help in any way we can. All Star Plumbing & Rooter has provided top-notch plumbing services to Californians for more than a decade, and we’re ready to assist you. When your sink threatens to flood your castle, we can help! If the problem isn’t major, you as the handy homeowner or tenant can fix the issue yourself. Today, we’ll look at a few steps that you can take to rectify the blockage. We strive to be your go-to emergency plumber, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get the job done yourself!

Stopper Services

The most common and easiest to find issue centers around the stopper in your sink, or the round tube that can be dropped in order to plug the sink. Grime and gunk have likely collected on this device over time, and the time has now come to spruce it up. Before you can get straight to the flashy cleaning, the stopper will need to be disconnected first.

Close the plug completely, then look under your sink to find the metal pivot rod that controls the length of the stopper. This should be easy to find if you start your search at the straight section of the P-trap between the curved section and the sink itself. There will be a retaining nut on the shorter end of the rod that needs to be unthreaded and remove it.

Your stopper will most likely yield a gross and smelly amount of gunk. Be sure to clean the equipment off and discard the refuse into a trash can. Out of habit, many people simply wash this device off in the sink that they just started working on. This will not help your clog! Make sure to dispose of the gunk properly, then reinstall all of the pieces that you have displaced thus far. It is now time to test the water flow. Run a considerable amount of water through your drain to see if the stopper has cleared up enough to let liquids pass by efficiently. If not, it’s time to head underneath your sink.

P-Trap Problems

That weirdly-shaped plumbing next to your stopper’s connecting rod is the p-trap. This funky-looking device prevents debris from traveling deep into the pipes while also preventing sewer gases from entering the home. Make sure to place a bucket below the p-trap before unthreading the nuts or caps that hold the device in place. Once this device is clear, be sure to dump all of its contents into the bucket to prevent a mess. At this point, you can inspect the trap’s interior and clean the inside with a paper towel. Reattach everything firmly then test it by running water from the faucet. If water is still backing up, you may require professional drain cleaning services from your local plumbers.

The two tips we have offered are ideal for clearing up most clogging problems associated with the bathroom seek. A licensed plumber will be required if the issue is not resolved. When this happens, it would be best to reach out to one of Los Angeles’ rooter specialists. Our team of experienced professionals is here to offer reliable and timely solutions for any and all issues involving your home’s plumbing. If you are in need of quality plumbing services, feel free to contact us today for your free consultation!

Items That Should Not Be Flushed Down Your Toilet Part 2 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:22:08 +0000 Many Americans are caught in the throes of convenience, where life is made easier on a daily basis. One area where this should not be true is the bathroom. Your toilet works hard every day to ensure that your home is clean and sanitary. When backups occur, though, the results can be disastrous. As a provider of premium plumbing services in Los Angeles, All Star Plumbing & Rooter has experience dealing with this problem. Our 24-hour plumbers are here and ready to help correct any emergency plumbing needs that may surface in your home. The porcelain throne was designed to dispose of toilet paper and human waste, nothing else. In our last blog, we looked at a few common items that are flushed and the destructive effects of doing so. Today, we’ll continue this journey by discussing a few more items that would be better placed in the trash receptacle. Your wallet and your home will thank you!

  • Paper towels. Cleaning your bathroom can be quickly and conveniently done with these universally disposable tools. Once finished, it’s often too tempting not to throw the dirty paper towel in the toilet. After all, paper is paper, right? Unfortunately, paper towers are not designed to break down in water. In fact, many brands boast the opposite! Flushing paper towels can lead to sewer backups, hazarding an emergency call to your local plumbing company.
  • Moist towelettes. One major catalyst for plumbing damages we find is the flushing of cleaning and baby wipes. The kicker here is that many towelette brands have claimed to be flushable, where their products can easily degrade and pass through any home’s sewer system. Unfortunately, years of evidence have proven otherwise for these convenient cleaning wipes. Numerous plumbing companies have lodged complaints about moist towelettes, claiming that they cause costly repairs in thousands of homes. If a wipe is left intact in your pipes, chances are that it is collecting other materials and creating a counter-productive clog. We advise simply throwing these things away to avoid any costly repairs in the future!
  • Tissue paper. Similar to its moist comrade, tissue paper is another product that is often sent down the tubes. Kleenex®, for example, is designed to hold up under wet conditions. Sick patrons are often glad about the durable properties, yet this logic doesn’t often extend to the toilet. The light, soft composition of tissue paper makes it appear to be ideal for flushing. Be sure to throw your tissues away properly to avoid unnecessary blockages.
  • Condoms. These rubber prophylactics can wreak havoc on even the most healthy sewer systems in a matter of no time. The latex composition creates a non-degradable material that can cause problems at any point in the system for a long period of time as well. If you have a septic tank, the results will definitely be costly. Even if these devices do make it out of your home’s system, their effects on the nearby recycling plant can also be destructive. Many Americans do not know just how dangerous condoms are to plumbing systems, leading to a high number of plumbing repair services!

All Star Plumbing & Rooter is proud to be your local plumber for any plumbing needs for your home. From roto rooter services to trenchless pipe replacements, our licensed plumbers are ready to complete the job with efficiency and honesty. Our goal of exceeding high customer expectations helps to set us apart from the myriad of plumbing companies out there. Since 1990, we’ve provided Los Angeles with quality plumbing services. With nearly three decades in the business, our professionals are ready to efficiently diagnose and solve any problems ailing your home. Contact us today to learn more or to receive a free quote!

Items That Should Not Be Flushed Down Your Toilet Part 1 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:18:26 +0000 When it comes to the toilets in your home, most people pay no mind until something goes wrong. If your toilet becomes clogged and backs up, the results can be as devastating as they are unsanitary. Your porcelain throne’s easy proximity and simple operation makes it a prime spot to throw away any number of items. As a top provider of Los Angeles plumbing services, All Star Plumbing & Rooter has seen a wide range of culprits that have caused catastrophic problems for homeowners. For the last twelve years, our team of licensed plumbers has worked to provide Californians with high-quality plumbing repairs. One common reason we are called is due to improper toilet use. Human waste and toilet paper are meant to be disposed of via your home’s sewer lines, and nothing else! Today, we’ll take a look at a few common items that are incorrectly disposed of through the latrine express. Hopefully, our informational blog will help to reduce the number of emergency plumbing calls!

  • Cotton toiletries. Small products such as cotton balls and swabs are seemingly insignificant enough to pose little threat to the toilet. Instead of breaking down and passing easily through the pipes, this substance will become very sticky and clingy when wet. This can result in having cotton stuck to the walls of your sewer line, grabbing and entrapping other materials that pass by. Clogs can quickly form, creating disastrous results for your bathroom. Be sure to throw these cotton products into the trash receptacle, or your plumbing and bank account can suffer!
  • Dental floss. Similar to cotton products, dental floss feels like a harmless item that can be flushed away and forgotten. However, this thin waxy string has been proven to be non-biodegradable, resulting in a long-term tenant for your sewer lines. Floss happens to be very stringy, and that stringlike nature means it can act as a fishing line, ensnaring and trapping more refuse as it passes through. Once this happens, a clog can emerge and cause blockages in no time!
  • Cat litter. Your feline roommate may have their litterbox in close proximity to your own, making the flushing of litter down the toilet a very convenient concept. However, the sand and clay composition of kitty litter makes it one of the worst things to put down the toilet! Clogs can quickly build if you’re flushing that gross litter. There are also additional environmental concerns as well. The chemical composition of both cat waste and associated litter creates a breeding ground of toxic bacteria and chemicals. Make sure to bag and remove your litter correctly; the environment and your home’s plumbing will thank you!
  • Band-aids. These small first aid tools seem ideal for taking the lavatory express, but this sentiment couldn’t be farther from the truth. The non-degradable composition makes band-aids a possible long-term problem for your immediate convenience. On top of its clog-causing capabilities, a band-aid also comes with environmental issues as well.
  • Medications. The common belief for many people is that responsible drug disposal involves flushing those medications down the toilet. While medications are not immediate hazards for your plumbing, their effects on the ecosystem have been well documented. Fish are the first to suffer, as well as other wildlife species that come into contact with contaminated water. It’s best to look up the closest center for dropping off your outdated or unwanted medications. The ecosystem will thank you!

Many homeowners or tenants take full advantage of their toilet’s capability to powerfully flush away waste and eliminate the need for future concern. However, many products that travel through your home’s sewer lines can actually do great harm to the plumbing and the environment. All Star is your 24-hour plumber to assist in case such things happen, but we would rather you not need the repairs at all! If you’re in need of plumbing services for your Los Angeles home, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment!

All Star Offers Plumbing Services For All Of Your Home’s Issues Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:40:07 +0000 When your home’s plumbing system starts to wane and fail, it’s often time to call the pros for help. All Star Plumbing & Rooter has been providing Los Angeles with the best plumbing services for over a decade, and we’re more than ready to help you! Your home is built to provide the best in modern comfort and conveniences, but sometimes this system can face problems. While handy homeowners can do a number of things to maintain their home’s plumbing, oftentimes professional help is needed. Doing the big work on your own may result in a midnight call to your 24-hour plumber! There are multiple areas in your house which can suffer performance and quality issues. Today, we’ll look at these areas and how All Star is ready to rectify them with speed and professionalism.

Clogged Toilets and Sinks

When the water going down your drain fails to do so, chances are that you are dealing with a full or partial clog. Homeowners can use methods such as plunging and chemical agents to combat this issue. While able to resolve most minor issues, tougher blockages will require a local plumber. Our camera inspection and rooter services will quickly find and solve the issue in your pipes.

Slow Drains

Water that leaves your home in a slow manner can be frustrating. It can also point toward blockages inhibiting water flow. Again, our plumbers are trained to diagnose and correct any clogs that may be impeding proper procedures.

Faucet and Shower Repairs

Harder water can equate to buildups of hard materials. Over time, this grime can cause issues with your faucets and showers. All Star can handle all degrees of repairs for these vital home components.

Leaky Pipes

Water that escapes your pipes can cause a big mess. Over time, this perpetual moisture can cause an expensive amount of damage. Our licensed plumbers will evaluate and offer the correct repairs to keep the water in the lines and that money in your pocket.

Tree Roots

If the plumbing beneath your home suffers from a small crack in the line or a loose joint, vapor will start to escape out into the surrounding soil. Tree roots seek out this moisture for growth and will often invite sewer lines, wreaking havoc for the home’s inhabitants. Our experienced team will perform the full scope of services needed to rectify the issue, from camera inspections to full pipe bursting replacement.

Broken or Collapsed Pipes

Tree roots, along with changing weather conditions and sewer pipe condition, will work in tandem to hamper the integrity of your home’s sewer system. All Star’s comprehensive plumbing services gives Los Angeles residents all that they will need to quickly rectify this issue, whether it be from pipe lining or full pipe bursting. Regardless, our trenchless system keeps your property intact while providing a long-term solution to your plumbing issues.

Hot Water

Water heaters never fail at convenient times, and our team of plumbers is ready to help! From small-scale repairs to full tank replacements, we cover everything to keep the water running hot through your pipes. We also offer tankless water heater installs as well.

While these issues are not a daily occurrence, they can occur with little or no warning. All Star is here to provide Los Angeles with the best plumbing services possible. If any of the areas in this image are in need of assistance, feel free to contact us now for help!

Pros and Cons of Different Water Heater Anode Rods Part 2 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:28:32 +0000 Modern science provides us with conveniences that society often takes for granted. Your home’s hot water heater is a prime example of this. When that gas or electric water heater is working at full capacity, nobody seems to notice. However, when something goes awry, chaos often ensues. The same can be said for the anode rod residing at the top of your water tank. This handy tool releases sacrificial anodes that are eaten up in water instead of the metal interior of the tank. Without it, your unit can quickly become dilapidated and unrepairable. If you are in need of a Los Angeles water heater specialist, you’ve come to the right place! All Star Plumbing & Rooter provides a comprehensive set of services, from water heater installation to removal.


Last time, we looked at a couple different types of anode rods that can be used to protect your tank. Today, we’ll discuss two more types and how they can help or harm your home’s water supply.


Combining Metals


One viable option for the home is an anode rod that is composed of zinc and aluminum (and sometimes tin). For people who have issues with odorous water, this option can provide a sturdy solution. Zinc is a natural inhibitor of bacteria, which goes a long way in reducing that signature rotten egg smell that can plague water supplies. It is important to remember, though, that this option still consists of roughly 90% aluminum. While sturdy and aroma-reducing, the alleged health risks are still present. Additionally, this rod takes the prize for being the most costly option.


Electric Cathodic Protection


Science can be a helpful ally in the fight against corrosion, and using an impressed current system can do much to keep your tank protected. An electric charge is used to activate and attract the corrosive elements that cause rust. The first thing people notice about this option is the price. Powered currents present a high cost up front, yet it may be worth it. These anode rods do not require replacement due to the lack of corrosion that occurs. However, cleaning can be required to maintain a good connection and powerful enough charge. Larger buildings tend to use this option due to the increased risk of corrosion and rust problems.


Flexible Anode Rods


This option can actually be comprised of different metal types that are used in the cathodic protection process. Although more costly than the average option, flexible rods are perfect for maneuvering in a tight space. The versatility of flexible rods makes them an attractive option for a number of situations. Is your aluminum rod simply stuck on top of the tank? This product can be used to supplement faulty anode rods.


No matter what type of anode rod you use, it is important to keep tabs on its condition. Otherwise, your costly electric or gas water heater can become irreparably damaged. When it comes to water heater maintenance and services, we have the tools and know-how to get the job done. All Star offers premium services in order to keep your Los Angeles home’s water heater in optimal condition. If you’re looking for any assistance with your home’s water heater, feel free to contact us today with questions!

Pros and Cons of Different Water Heater Anode Rods Part 1 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:25:07 +0000 When it comes to the heated water coming into the home, many Californians often pay no mind to the machines making it until something breaks down. Your hot water heater is a vital part of the comfort for the home. One part of the unit, discussed in last week’s blog, is the anode rod. This relatively inexpensive part provides the vital function of protecting your tank from rust and corrosion. All Star Plumbing & Rooter specializes in Los Angeles water heater repair and installation services. Our staff of trained experts has the equipment and know-how to supply you with any assistance that is required for your home’s gas or electric water heater. With a focus on customer satisfaction, we’re confident we can exceed your high expectations!


Anode rods come in a few different styles for consumers to choose from. Today, we’ll look at these options and the ups and downs of each. If you’re in need of professional water heater maintenance, make sure to reach out to the professionals!




Known as the mainstay of the anode world, this rod type has been in use for decades. The main selling point for aluminum anodes is their low cost and wide availability. Aluminum is also a strong choice for areas that have hard water. Typically, we discourage using aluminum for a number of reasons. When releasing sacrificial anodes, this rod will actually increase the levels of sediment found at the bottom of your tank. Grime build up and material expansion also work in tandem to make this rod a common source of frustration when it comes time for replacement. Most of all, though, is the health risks associated with drinking aluminum. An increasing number of studies are being released that link aluminum exposure to higher rates of Alzheimer’s and arthritis. In all, this type is very commonly used due to its cost-effectiveness and length of service.




This reactive metal provides better protection against rust over its aluminum counterpart. In fact, magnesium is quickly becoming the go-to for anode rods for hot water heaters. One major advantage is the believed health benefits of consuming magnesium, meaning that people who drink water contaminated with it may actually receive a boost to their overall health. Compared to aluminum, this is a much-preferred option. However, this option does not last as long due to its higher current and chemical reactivity. Odors can also be a concern for homeowners as well. If there is bacteria in your water, the reaction from magnesium can result in a rotten egg smell. Finally, the price for magnesium is higher, leading to a poor economic outcome for the thrifty consumer.


Based on your water’s characteristics, the option of which anode material to utilize may not exceed one choice. However, it is important to be informed and confident when choosing which anode rod to install in order to keep your water tank in working condition. Next week, we’ll cover the remaining rod choices and which ones will work best. If you are looking for help with your Los Angeles home’s water heater, we can help! All Star helps at all stages, from water heater installation to removal. Questions? Contact us now!

Tips For Maintaining Your Los Angeles Water Heater Part 2 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:21:35 +0000 The luxury of having heated water in the home is not fully appreciated until something goes wrong. Taking a shower with water at an ambient temperature tends to turn people into icicles. As experts in installing and maintaining Los Angeles’ water heaters, we understand the importance of owning a properly functioning unit. All Star Plumbing & Rooter has been servicing California homes for more than a decade, and we’ve seen it all! When it comes to your electric or gas water heater, steps can be taken to promote a longer lifespan of proper heating functions. Last week, we looked at a few water heater maintenance tips that can help keep your unit healthy and heated. Today, we’ll look at more moves you can utilize to keep people warm in the shower while keeping cash in your wallet!


Flushing the Tank


One task that is more involved and equally helpful is the process of flushing your hot water heater. As your unit is used more and more, grime and sediment will build up and cause problems to the tank. Beyond the corrosion factor, your gas or electric water heater will also produce less efficient results, causing higher energy bills and a shorter life expectancy for the heater itself. For questions on the specifics of each unique water heater and the frequency of flushing, consult a professional specialist for assistance.


As always, make sure that the unit is powered off for safety reasons. Once everything is shut down, place a bucket or garden hose beneath your drain valve. As long as the water is able to be drained safely and effectively, all should be well. It’s also important to note that the water will be hot, so exercise extreme caution during the draining process!


Open your drain valve by rotating it counter-clockwise. Water should begin to freely flow out of the tank and into your H2O carrying device (bucket or drain). Be sure to drain at least a quarter of the tank, typically one or two gallons. If the water continues to run out with obvious sediment present, keep draining until your bucket is receiving clear water. Once this is done, turn the valve until the tank longer drains. One step that people often forget during this process is to turn their electric water heater back on. Otherwise, you’ll be stepping into a cold shower!


Replacing the Rod


At the top of your tank, you’ll find an anode rod that utilizes magnesium or aluminum to protect it from rust and odors. When exposed to a constant flow of water, one of two metals that are connected will begin to rust. This rod releases sacrificial anodes that will take the place of exposed steel in becoming consumed by the rust process. To cite your science textbooks, the less reactive of the two metals will remain safe. Aluminum and magnesium are more reactive, making them the perfect addition to your water tank.


Convenient timing can make life much easier. When your tank is shut off and the water is drained, it is the ideal time to replace the rod. Use a socket wrench to unscrew the anode rod from the top of your heater. Be cautious, though, as a lot of leverage may be needed to successfully turn it. Once out, dispose of that old piece and begin to apply Teflon tape to the threads of the new part. It’s important that the Teflon goes with the threads, meaning that the material will stretch and tighten as you engage the threads to the contact surface. Otherwise, your tape will come undone and quickly become useless. Once taped, place the new rod in and tighten it completely. Turn the water on, and you’re done!


All Star Plumbing & Rooter has the tools and expertise to handle any issue you may be having. From water heater repair to replacement, we do it all. Maintaining the water heater yourself can be beneficial for a number of reasons. However, all tanks eventually fail and require replacement. If you’re looking for a new unit, consider a tankless water heater! We happen to specialize in that variety as well. All Star is a reliable source for a comprehensive variety of plumbing services for our loyal customers. If you’re needing help in Los Angeles with your water heater, we have the best solutions. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation!

Tips For Maintaining Your Los Angeles Water Heater Part 1 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:45:18 +0000 For many Californians, hot water is a luxury that is not thought about often unless disaster strikes. When your hot water heater goes down, everybody in the home suffers. Keeping your electric or gas water heater in optimal working condition is vital for both your comfort and your wallet. If you are seeking help with water heater repairs, we can help! All Star Plumbing & Rooter has provided Los Angeles with water heater services for more than a decade, and we’re ready to earn your business. Our company is built on honesty and integrity. Meeting and exceeding your high expectations is the goal, and All Star has the experience and equipment to get the job done. If we can save you on the cost of water heater installation or repairs, we’ll make sure to get it accomplished. Today, we’ll look into a few maintenance measures that can save you an emergency call to a local plumbing company. Whenever working with this appliance, it is highly recommended to wear protective equipment and shut off the electricity.


Adjusting the Thermostat


One of the simplest tasks a homeowner can undertake is lowering the temperature setting on their water heater. By default, many heaters are set to a standard heat temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit or more. While this may seem nice, it is in fact way too high. Our advice is to aim for 120 degrees or lower. This way, you’ll save energy costs that stem from excessively hot water being wasted. An additional bonus is the reduced chance of suffering a burn from hot water. Scalding hot water is not something that you should be worried about!


Finding Relief From Your Valve


Water heaters are equipped with a temperature and pressure relief valve that works to safely regulate the levels of heat and air pressure that can build up and cause problems. If the air pressure exceeds roughly 150 pounds per square inch gauge or if the temperature exceeds roughly 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Inspecting this valve is vital for resident safety. If your T&P valve fails to operate correctly, the heat and pressure can build in tandem until the water heater explodes. Checking is as simple as turning a valve and checking for water, vapor, or the sounds of liquid displacement. If none of these actions occur, it is wise to contact a professional immediately for assistance. When it comes to water heater maintenance, this action can offer great value for property and safety reasons.


Wrapping Your Appliances


The act of insulating your pipes and water heater can be dually beneficial when all is said and done. For one, this small project can save money in energy costs due to the reduced loss of heating during water transportation and storage. Additionally, the savings in heat loss can equate to less demand on the water heater. When your water heater has a lower energy demand, it tends to last longer!
All Star is your source for tankless water heaters and more! Our technicians have years of experience working with Los Angeles water heaters. Next time, we’ll look at more tips that can be helpful for elonging the lifespan of your heating unit. If you’re looking for assistance with water heater maintenance or repairs, feel free to contact us today for a free consultation!

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Old Water Heater Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:58:00 +0000 In general, a good water heater that’s been properly maintained should last up to 10 years. A water heater that lasts that long is one that’s had annual maintenance checks, been kept clean, and repaired right away when problems came up. But even the best-cared-for water heater isn’t going to last forever, and as a homeowner, water heater replacement is something you’ll have to face eventually. Fortunately, if you live in Los Angeles county All Star Plumbing & Rooter can help!

los angeles water heater When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

It’s been almost a decade since you bought one.

Even if your water heater still seems to be running smoothly, if it’s been a decade or more, you might want to consider replacing it. That’s because water heater technology has come a long way in the last ten years, and today’s water heaters are much more energy efficient. That means you could spend less on the hot water you need for your home.

Repairs are becoming more and more frequent.

If you are calling our water heater repair team more and more, it might be time for a replacement. While it’s tempting to continue patching together your water heater instead of paying out for a new unit, you could end up paying much more in the long run. We can help you find an affordable replacement so you can stop the constant repairs.

Your hot water is becoming unreliable.

This is the first sign of trouble in a water heater! While it could be a problem that’s easily fixed and never happens again, it’s worth talking to our team to see if you can expect it to become a consistent issue. Unreliable water temperatures is a hassle that you don’t want to deal with, especially if it’s the first sign of water heater failure.

Call All Star for a Free Estimate on a New Water Heater

If you think you may be in need of a new water heater, get in touch with All Star Plumbing & Rooter today! We’ll give you a free estimate on a new water heater and our installation services. We’ll help you find a water heater that matches both the demands of your household and your budget. You’ll get a water heater that you love and one that’s going to last for years to come, giving you all the hot water you need. Click on the button below to contact our team about your water heater today.

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