Common Plumbing FAQs from Your Los Angeles Plumbers Part 1

The plumbing in your home works dutifully throughout the year to transport water in and to move waste out. It’s often not until something goes wrong that Californians consider the state and health of their sewer system. Oftentimes, homeowners take on the task of plumbing repairs and drain cleaning themselves without the proper knowledge of how to best address the issue. If your home is in need of professional sewer cleaning in Los Angeles, Mr. Sewer Rooter is here and happy to help! Since 1990, our plumbing company has worked to provide the best sewer and drain cleaning services to our happy customers, and we also specialize in repair and replacement services.

We’re here to help in any way we can. Today, we’ll look into a few frequently asked questions with home plumbing that we hear from clients all over the Valley. If you’re in need of a routine sewer inspection, trenchless pipe replacement, or anything in between, be sure to contact us for an appointment today!


Plunge it. If your home is dealing with backed up or clogged drains, the first step is to manually remove the blockage yourself. Most homeowners resort to using a plunger for their sinks and toilets, which can work to seal the drain and pull the blockage up and away from your pipes. Remember to set your plunger properly before going through the motions, ensuring that the edges of your tool are totally underwater.

Utilize home chemicals. To start, we highly recommend using one of the many chemical cleaners available today. These products utilize harsh chemicals that, while effective at breaking up hair and blockages, will ultimately do more harm than good to your plumbing. Many people today who promote utilizing natural elements to serve as their drain cleaning service are happy to explain to you how this method helps with sinks and showers. All you need is water, vinegar, and baking soda. First, boil a pot of water and quickly pour most of it down the drain. Second, place half a cup of baking soda down the drain and leave it for five minutes. Then, add the vinegar to start a strong chemical reaction. Let these ingredients fight it out for a couple of minutes, then pour the rest of your boiling water into the drain. Remember that this method may not work for standing clogs, and rooter plumbing assistance may be needed.

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Plungers and chemical combinations are effective devices for fixing a number of issues in sinks and toilets, yet some clogs are simply too stubborn. Consumers can find success by utilizing plumber snakes, augers, or any tool designed to break through clogs and effectively eliminate them. If your clog is too severe for do-it-yourself efforts, our rooter services can prove to be the best answer. Mr. Sewer Rooter is proud to provide top-quality sewer cleaning to Los Angeles homes, providing effective results that are meant to last!


Regardless of how responsible you are with the garbage disposal, sooner or later, many Californians have to deal with a stinky sink. Oftentimes, this is due to food and debris that is stuck in the disposal or you have a small gas leak coming up through the drain trap. There are numerous home remedies available that you can find online, including:

  • Vinegar and baking soda. The same method that was used to de-clog your drains can also work to clear out any problems in your disposal.
  • Salt, ice cubes, and lemon peels. Simply add ice cubes and salt into your disposal, then turn it one to spread the mixture around. Once this is done, you can add a few lemon peels to clear out the smells.
  • Baking soda and essential oils. Pour half a cup of baking soda down your sink, place a few drops of an oil such as tea tree, wait an hour, and then flush with boiling water.

While these methods are not foolproof, they have been effective for sterilizing unwanted smells in the kitchen. Next time, we’ll continue this topic by discussing a few more plumbing FAQs we come across. As always, Mr. Sewer Rooter is proud to offer the best plumbing and rooter services in the area. If you’re in need of top-notch plumbing repairs or sewer cleaning in Los Angeles, be sure to contact us for assistance today!

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