Real Plumbers Inc. Review

"Annual descaling maintenance on your tankless water heater is recommended to prolong its lifetime. You’ll also save money on your gas and electric bills."

- Jose Cabrales

Real Plumbers owner, Jose Cabrales smiles in front of a tree.

Reliable Plumbing Expert Keeps Pipes in Top Condition

By Mara Schoner

NAMEJose Cabrales
PHONE NUMBER(323) 821-7922
SERVICES PROVIDEDPlumber, Water Heaters—Tankless, Garbage Disposal—Installation & Repair, Drain Lines—Cleaning & Repair, Gas Lines, Galvanized Pipes, Copper Repiping, Plumbing & Leak Detection, Earthquake Valves, Automatic Shutoff Valves
Atwater Village • Baldwin Hills • Bel Air • Beverly Grove • Beverly Hills • Boyle Heights • Century City • Cheviot Hills • Chinatown • Commerce • Culver City • Dockweiler • Dodgertown • Downtown • East Hollywood • East Los Angeles • Echo Park • Edendale • Fairfax • Firestone Park • Gramercy Park • Griffith Park • Hancock Park • Hollywood • Hollywood Hills • Hyde Park • Inglewood • Jefferson Park • Koreatown • Ladera Heights • Larchmont Village • Leimert Park • Los Angeles • Los Feliz • Macarthur Park • Mid-Wilshire • Miracle Mile • Mount Olympus • Oakwood • Outpost Estates • Palms • Park Mesa Heights • Pico Heights • Pico-Robertson • Pico-Union • Rancho Park • Rimpau • Silver Lake • University Park • Vermont • Vermont Square • Vernon • View Park • Watts • West Adams • West Hollywood • Westlake • Westwood • Whitley Heights • Windsor Hills

Brentwood • El Segundo • Fox Hills • Lennox • Malibu • Mar Vista • Marina del Rey • Montana • Ocean Park • Pacific Palisades • Playa del Rey • Playa Vista • Santa Monica • Sawtelle • Topanga • Venice • West Los Angeles • Westchester

33 User Reviews
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Quality of Work
  • Customer Service
  • Value for Price

Paul S. Levine

Venice - January 23, 2024

The most fantastic plumber we have ever had! Efficient, capable, timely, reasonably-priced. Can't recommend them highly enough!

Nelli S.

Los Feliz - November 12, 2020

I found Real Plumbers in N2N brochure when I needed to locate and fix a gas leak. I called and Jose answered the phone. Jose and his son came the next morning to check my place and assess the work. He was very courteous and straight forward about the job. Couple of days later they came to do the work. They were very professional, diligent about fixing an checking everything. They will be my first choice when I need to call a plumber again.

Lauren P.

Westwood - October 25, 2020

I used Real Plumbers for the first time these past two weeks, based on the reviews on this site. I had tree roots growing in my sewer line at my house, causing a backup in all of my plumbing. I decided to not go with my former large plumbing company, and instead called Jose. I cannot say enough good things about him. Jose and his son, Alberto, showed up within a day and were able to do a temporary fix cleaning out 50% of the roots with all of this machinery and cameras. They needed to dig a hole in my front yard for a closer entry to the street to clean out the rest, which they did the following week, along with installing two new toilets. They fixed the problem; left no mess and were a complete delight to work with. The cost was VERY reasonable over two long days of work. Most important, Jose is a true gentleman, kind, honest and just "salt of the earth" human being. I would recommend him in a second! Although I hope to have few plumbing problems in the future, Jose will be my first call!! Thank you Neighbor 2 Neighbor for your really wonderful resource guide in allowing me to find Jose and Alberto.

Bill Rehder

Mar Vista - September 4, 2020

I called Real Plumbers after seeing their profile in N2N to repair a flange that secures a toilet to the floor. Jose and his son Alberto showed up exactly when stated. Both were extremely friendly, neat, and clean and went directly to work. After taking the toilet off its base, Jose explained exactly what needed to be done in very clear terms. The flange that needed repair had to be replaced since it so rusted with age that he had to carefully remove it by hand with hammer and chisel and replace it with a new metal flange. The entire job took approximately 45 minutes. Jose is the ultimate professional plumber from the "old school." When the job was complete the entire work area was cleaned and the toilet was expertly caulked around the base. The price for the whole job was most reasonable. I have no hesitation to recommend Real Plumbers for any plumbing need.


Mar Vista - October 23, 2019

If you're on the Westside and you need a plumber...CALL JOSÉ at Real Plumbers!! José is Reliable, Dependable, Courteous, Experienced. He shows up when he says he will show up and does amazing work. He's never not fixed something. And, he fixes it right! What else do you need in a plumber?? And when you need a plumber, YOU NEED A PLUMBER. I cannot make a higher recommendation.


Venice - September 20, 2019

Jose Cabrales was wonderful. He was able to come the same day we called, was on-time, kind, amiable, and very professional. He had all the equipment with him, so was able to diagnose the problem quickly, and repair it quickly. We will definitely call him again!

Patricia B

Westchester - September 18, 2019

Real Plumbers are terrific. They quickly diagnosed a problem other plumbers could not find and immediately helped me with a plan to solve the problem. A clogged sewer pipe and another cracked pipe led to flooding under the house. All the steps needed to remediate the situation and fix the plumbing happened quickly and expertly with Real Plumber’s help. Jose Cabrales and his team are professional, fantastic communicators, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and reasonable. I highly recommend this company for any plumbing needs.


Westchester - February 9, 2018

Jose has been such a savior. He is always on time and works with my schedule to make sure I can be home for service. He does an excellent job and always double checks his work to make sure you are completely satisfied. I can't say enough great things about Jose. Very kind and will help you understand any work he is doing in a simple manner. He has done routine work as well as saved me in a few emergencies. Can't recommend him enough!

Jessica T.

Mar Vista - February 5, 2018

Jose Cabrales is amazing. Not only a terrific plumber, but a true gentleman, totally reliable, warm & reassuring, very reasonably priced, always responsive and on time. He has done work for me twice now and I am so grateful that he is in business. I will recommend him to everyone I know!

Jim Heath

Pacific Palisades - November 20, 2017

After acquiring three bids for replacing our old galvanized pipes and two forty gal. hot water tanks, from various plumbers, I did not feel comfortable with any of the plumbers. I recalled the booklet (N2N) and checked if it any listing of plumbers and noticed the listing of "Real Plumbers" and was impressed on how Jose Cabrales became a plumber. I called Jose, he was just finishing a job in my area and could stop by the house to check out the existing plumbing and suggested that we would be better off omitting the hot water tanks and replace with one tankless-hot water heater with an integrated hot water circulating pump, and have a bid that evening via e-mail. His bid was detailed and in the price range of what I could afford. It has been three months since Jose and his assistant finished the job. We are extremely happy on how everything turned out. Jose really offers high quality work at affordable price, an always kept me informed on his progress. Jose and his assistant! Angle were delight to have working for us.

Bill W.

Santa Monica - October 23, 2017

When my wife read that Jose makes sure the work area is cleaner then when he arrived, she said "That's the plumber we want." Jose proved that from the start. He took his shoes off before coming into our home. He had seen me do that. My wife told him he did not need to do so. But off they came. Took care of the leak within 20 minutes. Replaced parts that I felt should be replaced. Left the area spotless. He is our plumber from now on.

Ralph & Patricia

Mar Vista - September 19, 2017

Jose and his assistant Angel did a wonderful job for us, going beyond the call of duty to go shopping for the fixture we needed, then installing it quickly and efficiently and always with a friendly smile. We would highly recommend Real Plumbers to anyone.


Santa Monica - May 18, 2017

Jose is great, prompt, courteous and gets back to you immediately. Very pleasant to work with and does a great job.

Wally L.

Mar Vista - July 27, 2016

Over the last five years, Jose has totally re-plumbed the inside of my kitchen installed a heat pump in the garage, fixed the thermostat in the shower and re-done all the piping under the house. He is quick to diagnose problems, his work is always really good, he’s always been very prompt and has returned calls immediately. I’ve been terribly happy with his work and his prices are very reasonable. Jose is very punctual and has never left me in the lurch. I’d use him any time without hesitation.

Jody B.

Pacific Palisades - July 1, 2016

Jose is very honest and very kind, easy to reach and there when he says he’s going to be. When he re-did the plumbing in my house for a remodel, everything was done beautifully, completed correctly and in time. More than that, Jose is such a nice person it is a pleasure to have him come out. I’m happy he’s in business and I don’t know what I’ll do if he ever stops. My advice to Jose?! Never change!

Jeri Samuel

Malibu - June 30, 2016

Jose is trustworthy, reliable, honest and punctual and is the first person I call when we have plumbing issues! Our general contractor initially referred him in 2009 and we’ve worked with him ever since. He’s a great guy with a great work ethic and he doesn’t ever try to sell you more than you need. He's really knowledgeable and looks at what will be best for you in the long run. We feel comfortable having him work in our home even if we’re not there. I have only positive things to say about Jose.

Elisabeth H.

Cheviot Hills - June 29, 2016

A friend of mine gave me Jose’s number when I needed some repair done at a rental property I own. He showed up five minutes after I called and I’ve used him ever since. It’s been a couple of years now. I only have good things to say about Jose. The quality of his work has always been perfect. He’s very courteous and polite. He comes when he says he’s going to and calls when he says he’s going to. He’s reliable. When he comes over to fix something, we know we won’t have to worry about that problem again. His rates are very reasonable which is another nice thing I like about him.

Leah S.

Sunset Park - June 27, 2016

I found Jose through n2n a couple of years ago and first called him when I had an issue with my garbage disposal. He came out and took care of the problem quickly and was reasonably priced. I’m currently managing rental properties, and Jose is now my go-to guy for all the units. He’s super nice and totally reliable. He’s punctual, gets the job done efficiently and will resolve any issues. Everyone has been happy with his work. I’ve had other plumbers in the past when I was managing properties, but based on Jose’s knowledge and easy going personality, I’m most comfortable having him around.

Alexa Stone

Venice - June 22, 2016

Jose has been our plumber for six years. Whenever we need anything fixed we call him up. Jose always gets back in touch right away and you can even text him. His work has been completely seamless and wonderful, whether it’s for a leak, a new water filter, or work on our gas line. He’s really kind, really respectful and never minds taking his shoes off for the no-shoe policy in our house. Jose has a very calm and mindful persona and doesn’t railroad right over you but actually listens to what you have to say. Plumbers in LA are not cheap, but Jose always shows up when he says he’s going to and that for me is worth its weight in gold.

C. Morgan

West Hollywood - May 24, 2016

I’ve used Real Plumbers for a few years now. Jose is very thorough, punctual, a very nice guy, and easy to work with. It's always him your dealing with, not other people. I’ve had other plumbers before and it’s a relief to work with Jose. He works quickly and finds solutions that others miss. Once when he was on vacation, I waited for him to take the job because I'd rather that than use someone else. And we trust him. You feel like you could leave your keys with Jose and let him watch your house for the weekend!

Lori G.

Los Angeles - October 20, 2015

I used neighbor2neighbor to find a plumber today and wanted to let you know that Jose at Real Plumbers was excellent. Came right over when I called, friendly, extremely professional, diagnosed and fixed the problem quickly, and left the place spotless (even though it was a mess when he showed up due to the plumbing issue). Thumbs up for Real Plumbers!

Janice J.

Century City - September 1, 2008

I was at first hesitant to call for a plumber out of neighbor2neighbor, but it was a good experience and I’m glad I did. Jose has done a few jobs for me and I only have great things to say about him! He is prompt, technically sound and nice to deal with. I am happy all-around with his work and will use him again. For me, Real Plumbers has worked in a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a laundry room in two different condos in the Century City area. He does quality work at a fair market price. I have worked with a lot of plumbers who are not very accommodating. Jose is not like that. He is very patient, he answers his phone and he returns calls. Everything about Jose is good!Re


Mar Vista - June 15, 2008

Mr. Cabrales has done several jobs for me at an apartment that I own. He is always reliable, dependable and knowledgeable. He has given me helpful suggestions over a long term basis. I think his prices are in the ballpark with other plumbers. José has always done a good job. I would recommend him to anybody.

Jody L.

Venice/Mar Vista - December 10, 2007

I found Jose in neighbor2neighbor and have used him ever since. They have been extremely responsive. Jose is a soft-spoken, gentle man and very approachable, easy to communicate with. I feel very comfortable with him. I’m one of those people that really like nice people. I also like that Jose started out as a plumber in high school, has been a plumber ever since and has stayed current with the times. He and his crew are true and honest as humans and as professionals. They have given us good advice and helped us solve multiple bathroom issues. I’m happy to have someone to trust that I can call over and over again. Before Real Plumbers, I had other plumbers do work for us. Obviously I did not call them again. If Jose does not have what he needs for a job, he does the research and takes care of it. He has the experience and expertise that makes me feel comfortable.

Yvette M.

Santa Monica - August 21, 2007

I found Jose in Neighbor2neighbor. I have used him for two years now. We find Jose reliable, extremely friendly and very fairly priced. He comes when he says he will come, cleans up after his work and it looks the same as before he came. He fixed our kitchen faucet, a clogged drain and he chose and replaced our bathroom sink. He did the legwork and that was a big help. He saw what we had, went out and found the perfect sink! We used a lot of different plumbers before Jose. I have recommended him to our friends. He is very easy to reach. When I call him, even if he is on another job, he will answer and tell me when he will get back to me.

Stephane Strouk

Beverly Hills - August 6, 2007

I like to refer Jose because he is honest. I just give him the key to my house and I can leave and trust him. I have worked with him for fifteen years now. I have referred him to a lot of my friends in the French community. He will frankly say if he can do a job or not. He is a hard worker and not afraid to get dirty; he will do any dirty job. And he is not afraid to break up concrete, either. On weekends, if he is not available, he always has back up guys on hand. He is a polite, articulate, good guy. I can look him in the eye. If he can work with me on a price, he will. He saved me a lot of money by installing a tankless water heater. I see a difference in my bills every month!

Laurel Green

Beverly Hills - May 24, 2007

I have used Jose for ten years for various levels of plumbing—from unclogging the sink to a bathroom remodel. We will sing the praises of Jose for as long as we can! He is really honest—a lovely human being. At times he hasn’t charged us because it was something really simple, like re-hooking the chain in the toilet. Jose is gracious and kind. He is extremely fair with pricing. He is always very conscientious and cleans up after himself. We have such an intense level of trust in Jose that we have left him in the house alone. That’s how much we value him.

Judy Page

Rancho Park - February 3, 2007

We were using the same plumber for 20 years, but he sold his business. The new owner gave me the runaround. I feel more confident when I deal directly with the owner of a business, like Jose. Jose comes when he says he will and takes care of the problem. He is very calm and wonderful to have around. He cleans up so you can’t even tell he was here!

Daisy Lalwani

Cheviot Hills - November 2, 2006

We used to hire the big plumbing companies but switched to Jose. His prices are better and he is always available when I need him! He cleans up after himself, too. Jose has solved at least 3 or 4 of the usual plumbing crises for us—toilets, showers, sinks. He is reliable and professional. I am happy to know I finally have a plumber I can count on!R


Venice - October 15, 2006

I have a funny story about Jose – I was referred to him through Peachhead, an on-line parents network. I had an appointment to meet him at my house for a serious plumbing leak, but I was running late and I was worried he might have to leave. I had such an impression over the phone of Jose’s trustworthiness (usually I never do this) that I called him up and told him how to get in the house and please go ahead and try to solve the problem. He called me back in five minutes to tell me he had fixed the problem and asked me if I needed any other service on the house. I told him that, in fact, I had another problem at a different address and he went ahead to the new address and solved that problem too! I mean, this guy is unbelievable! I’ve used him many times since. He’s such a warm, open and honest person, you can’t believe there is such good service in this day and time. I’ve recommended him many times, and people always thank me and tell me what a great contractor he is.


Los Angeles - October 12, 2006

Jose has done a lot of repair work for us in our home: new garbage disposal, blocked drain, installing new faucets. I’ve used him at least twenty times and all my neighbors use him too. I like Jose’s employees – very nice and trustworthy. I have no problem with leaving the house when they’re here because I completely trust them. Jose comes almost immediately – including Sundays - when I call, and if there is some reason he cannot come immediately, he always calls another plumber he knows that can help us in our time frame. I always feel like he values our business and feels concern for our situation. That’s rare.

Laurel G.

Beverly Hills - October 12, 2006

I absolutely adore Jose – he’s the type of plumber that brings a relaxed presence into the home and the feeling that you are not being intruded upon. Jose is completely trustworthy – in fact we leave our keys with him so he can get in when we are out. He's put in water heaters and dealt with every kind of general plumbing issue. We also remodeled a bathroom and he handled everything related to that project. Jose is such an honest, hardworking guy. He's very prompt and is always able to get to you pretty quickly. I belong to a number of groups, and I'm always plugging Jose as a reference for anybody looking for a great plumber. I've had tons of positive feedback from these friends about how much they like Jose and his employees.

Dale M.

Hollywood - September 20, 2006

Jose has been our plumber for twenty years, both at my home and my parents’. I’ve also referred him to at least seven or eight of my friends. I guess that makes me a loyal customer! Jose makes himself available – he’s come by on a Saturday or late evening to handle some important issue.

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