The best plumbers in Canberra

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Rydeau Plumbing, one of Canberra’s most recommend Plumbers. Photo: File.

The world’s first plumbing systems emerged around 800 years BC. Created by the Romans, aqueducts and pipes supplied water across the land to homes, wells, fountains, and bathhouses. Whilst revolutionary for its time, core principals remain in what we know as modern plumbing of today.

With water being such a vital part of our very existence, it comes as no surprise that plumbing has become a complex specialisation. Anyone who has ever experienced blocked toilet will attest to the importance of functional water and waste systems.

A typical Canberra home’s plumbing consists of an intricate system of pipes and fixtures providing clean water, the safe disposal of wastes, and much more. As plumbing systems involve personal safety, their design, implementation, and maintenance are all subject to regulation.

Whether you have a gurgling sink, blocked toilet, or poor pressure, you will need a qualified and licensed professional. And this is where your trusty plumber comes into play! Plumbers are skilled and specialised trades, experienced in all facets of domestic water and waste systems.

But don’t just hire any plumber – hire a great plumber. A plumber who will work to the highest of standards, doing so safely, effectively, and relatively affordably. And the best plumbers do it properly in the first place; avoiding expensive disasters further down the track.

We have taken the liberty of rounding up the finest plumbers in the Canberra region, along with some helpful tips to get you on your way. Read on below.

What makes a great plumber?

Great plumbers are adept and well-rounded trades, navigating water and waste systems with ease. They are masters in diagnostics, knowing where, what, and how, to resolve issues as efficiently and effectively as possible. Here is what we think separates the best plumbers from the rest:

  • Qualified, licensed & insured. When vetting your plumber this triple barrel of credentials should be at the top of your list. Firstly, the best plumbers have completed formal training and have years of experience. At a minimum, your plumber should be equipped with a certificate III in Plumbing and an industry white card. Additionally, your plumber must hold a state government issued plumbing license. Should your plumber offer ancillary services like drainage or gas, additional qualifications and licensing will also be required. Finally, ensure your plumber is covered by appropriate insurances such public liability, workers compensation or contracts cover.
  • Industry accreditation. A great way to assess your shortlisted plumber is to check on their industry accreditation. In Canberra, the Master Plumbers Association ACT is the core industry body. This membership indicates that your contractor is one of the best in the business. An important aspect of this is the adherence to ethical guidelines and industry standards.
  • Quality workmanship. Even the best products will fall short without careful hands and quality workmanship. Great plumbers believe in using only the best products and parts from reputable suppliers. They also consider their work a craft, taking meticulous care without shortcuts. We have all been there; paid for services rendered only to discover that the initial problem was still lurking. As such, look for plumbers who offer guarantees on both products, and their work.
  • Professional & transparent. The best plumbers are consummate professionals, wonderful communicators, and are upfront about services and charges. With wet infrastructure being vital to the safe occupation of any building, seek a plumber that you know will get the job done. So, look for glowing customer reviews and personal recommendations as these are often great indicators. Additionally, look for plumbers who are transparent with their quotes and timelines. Ensure your quote includes the full scope of work, material specifications, along with timeframes and any guarantees.
  • Swift service. Plumbing problems are notorious for emerging out of hours. Around the clock access and extended hours of operation help to swiftly address plumbing issues. Regardless of whether your plumbing needs are planned or a result of an emergency, seek a plumber with a fantastic record in punctuality, and prompt execution.

Important essentials to check before engaging a plumber

To ensure quality and professionalism a couple of minutes spent checking the following will help to give you peace of mind; and ensure you avoid a dodgy plumber.

  1. Confirm the provider runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
  2. Ensure the provider holds an appropriate plumbing license by checking the Access Canberra list of licensed plumbers.
  3. Check that the contractor holds a membership with a core industry body such as Master Plumbers ACT.
  4. Verify the providers public liability insurance and level of cover.
  5. Be clear on contracted inclusions, terms, and conditions.

The best plumbers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Water Tight Canberra

Water Tight Canberra

Founded in 2010 by Tom Martin, Water Tight Canberra provides plumbing, drainage and gas fitting services around the Canberra region. All work is guaranteed, and plumbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No job is too big or small and the Water Tight Canberra team has the skills, equipment and ability to get the job down asap so clients can get on with their lives.

As a national 2019 Telstra Business Award winner, Water Tight Canberra has a reputation for quality plumbing services – including repairing and replacing hot water systems – in the ACT and region.

Customers say they appreciate Water Tight Canberra’s punctuality, commitment to customer service and honest advice.

In addition to guaranteeing the quality of technicians’ work, Water Tight Canberra offers a cleanliness guarantee, and an on-time guarantee. If a team member doesn’t leave their work area in the same or better condition as when they found it, Water Tight Canberra will pay for a professional cleaning service. And if a plumber is more than 10 minutes late to a job, Water Tight Canberra will waive the service call fee.

Book online and save 10%.

As Maria Hart wrote on Google, “Company states they want to provide a ‘WOW’ experience for their customers and boy did they deliver! From the online booking system down to payment, this has been the best tradie experience I’ve ever had. Full transparency around price and services, excellent communication … They even wore boot covers! Very reasonably priced and professional. Thanks again team!”

ACT licensed plumber: 2017441. Member of Master Plumbers ACT.

O'Neill & Brown Plumbing Service

O'Neill & Brown Plumbing Service

O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service (ONBPS) specialises in all types of plumbing services, including fixing hot water systems, unblocking drains or sewers, and or installing new plumbing as part of renovations.

Founded in Queanbeyan more than 50 years ago, ONBPS plumbers offer a comprehensive range of general and preventative plumbing services, always aiming to minimise running costs and extend the life of waterworks for long-lasting, safe, functional plumbing. The team is qualified to deal with potentially dangerous gas leaks, and service gas connections and appliances.

ONBPS works to high standards to meet customer standards. All plumbers are employed direct by the company – ONBPS doesn’t hire contractors. ONBPS plumbers are strong on quality workmanship and use high-quality, genuine parts and products that last. All jobs are photographed to ensure work meets stringent quality requirements.

ONBPS conducts extensive employee training so plumbers are up-to-date on the latest techniques and trained to treat customer homes as their own.
Most of ONBPS’ business comes from referrals. Customers appreciate regular communication, how work is explained before it begins, and that plumbers keep work sites neat and tidy.

Carmel Jekabsons wrote on Google,“Prompt service. On time. Daniel was polite and respectful. Straight down to work and explained each step to me. It was an easy, quick fix for a blocked bath drain even though another Canberra plumber had led me to believe it was going to be a complex job. Could not have been happier with the service and would absolutely recommend.”

ACT licensed plumber: 2005108. Member of Master Plumbers ACT.

MSJ Plumbing Group

MSJ Plumbing Group

MSJ Plumbing Group is a family owned and operated company with more than 30 years of fixing and fitting plumbing and gas in Canberra and surrounding region. All work and materials are guaranteed and MSJ Plumbing Group provides hassle-free service 24/7. Same day service is guaranteed for residential and commercial emergencies. Transparent, upfront fixed prices are provided to customers—no hidden costs.

All tradesmen working for MSJ Plumbing Group are fully licensed, qualified and certified.

The breadth of plumbing services provided by MSJ Plumbing Group include blocked drains sewer and stormwater, high pressure water jetting, hot water systems—service and replacements, burst pipes and water leaks, water drainage and piping, as well as bathroom and kitchen renovation plumbing (installation and repair).

MSJ Plumbing Group uses the latest equipment to pinpoint the blockage and recommend the best possible solution. Plumbers clear blockages on the spot to get drains working normally again. MSJ Plumbing Group assists with all kinds of drainage issues—blocked bathroom, kitchen, toilet and laundry drains, stormwater drains and blocked sewer drains.

Vanessa Vanderzwart wrote on Google, “Highly recommend! Was super happy with the fast service and affordability compared to other local businesses. Will be using again in the future!”

ACT Licensed Plumber: 2013104. Member of Master Plumbers ACT.

7/60 Sheppard St
Hume ACT 2620
Jet Blast Plumbing

Jet Blast Plumbing

Jet Blast Plumbing is a family owned and run business with more than 25 years of experience. Tony is quick to respond to plumbing service calls and always strives to arrive on time (if not before).

No job is too big or too small for Jet Blast Plumbing. The friendly, experienced and qualified team helps customers with blocked drains and toilets, gas fitting, leaking taps and toilets, burst pipes, hot water repairs and installation, and all emergency plumbing services. Tony takes pride in providing personal and prompt customer service and quality workmanship on all jobs.

Another advantage is that Jet Blast Plumbing offers customers a $0 call out fee (some conditions apply) and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tony ensures Jet Blast Plumbing provides free quotes, and quickly, with no hidden surprises.

Equipped with a high-pressure water jetter and CCTV drain camera, Jet Blast Plumbing diagnoses and rectifies plumbing issues in no time. Tony is also qualified and experienced to carry out drain dig up and relocations, conduct commercial plumbing, work in new homes and granny flats, and handle plumbing needs for renovations.

As satisfied customer Vanessa Clark wrote on Google, “I submitted a query via the webpage, got a call within 5 minutes and within 15 minutes Tony was already at my place unblocking the drain. Also gave me some tips and advice on how to keep the drain clear and was a pleasure to deal with. Will definitely be calling again next time I need a plumber!”

ACT Licensed Plumber: 2018299.

Rydeau Plumbing

Rydeau Plumbing

The team at Rydeau Plumbing are experts at all types and levels of plumbing services. With 20 years of experience in the industry, Rydeau Plumbing provides quality workmanship on every project, every time.

Rydeau Plumbing is family owned and operated with professional service technicians available 24/7. Trained, licensed and experienced, Rydeau Plumbing delivers leading-edge workmanship, using the latest technology, high-quality materials and best-industry practices.

The comprehensive range of plumbing services (general and emergency) includes repairing or replacing blocked drains, fixing burst pipes, detecting leaks, repairing showers and toilets, handling bathroom renovations, and much more. Rydeau Plumbing also handles gas fitting, gas hot water and electric hot water heaters.

Rydeau Plumbing’s service technicians work quickly and efficiently, saving clients time and resources. They do so no matter how urgent or difficult the plumbing challenge is.

Technicians arrive as committed or the service callout fee is free. Clients can claim deals on Rydeau Plumbing’s website, including free home inspections and 10 per cent off any gas service.

Rydeau Plumbing are experts at plumbing needs for childcare centres, nursing home facilities and industrial plumbing systems. The company also handles plumbing for stratas and insurance claims.

On Google, Brendon wrote, “We used Rydeau Plumbing to assist with an urgent repair at our home.  From start to finish the communication was great.  We were given the quote upfront, had the full scope of work explained and the repairs were completed within 24 hours!  Highly recommend.”

83 Anthony Rolfe
Gungahlin ACT 2912

6 Star Hot Water and Plumbing

6 Star Hot Water and Plumbing has credentials in spades. Robert and his team can attend to emergency tap, toilet and water leak issues within the hour. In all other cases, they will come that same day at an agreed time.

Member of Master Plumbers ACT.

Andrew Gee wrote on Google, “Had our system fail on a Saturday morning and 6 Star had it replaced by lunch. Thank you for the prompt and professional service. Would recommend.”

If you’re looking for more specialised plumbing services, check out our other articles on the best emergency plumbers, the best blocked drain plumbers, the best commercial plumbers, the best toilet repair specialists, the best hot water systems repairers and the best gas fitters in Canberra.

Your experience with plumbers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on plumbers in Canberra. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the plumbers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do plumbers charge per hour?
Per hour plumbing charges do vary and are often linked to the nature of work. Generally, you can expect to pay a service fee which ranges from $50-$150, plus an hourly rate of between $100-$175 per hour for labour only. Should you require emergency or out of hours assistance these rates could be higher.
Can I do my own plumbing work?
You’re only allowed to replace a tap washer without a license in the ACT. All other plumbing work requires a licensed plumber. If you choose to DIY and you’re caught, you will likely void your home insurance or end up facing a fine from Access Canberra. Why take the chance? Call a licensed plumber.
Do plumbers need to be licensed?
Absolutely. You’ll need a licensed plumber to legally complete all your plumbing work. In the ACT, all licensed plumbers are required to display their license number on all advertising. You can then check their number on Access Canberra's website: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/services/licence/#/plumber
When should I call an emergency plumber?
Whenever plumbing fails, it can damage your home and contents. It can also cause discomfort, or even be a major health risk to your family and even neighbours. Emergency plumbing issues can range from a toilet not flushing to a burst pipe that’s highly destructive, a failing hot water system or an overflowing sewer. Whatever the cause, you can and should call an emergency licensed plumber immediately to fix any problem.
Do I need a plumber or electrician to service my electric hot water heater?
Your best bet would be to find a fully-licensed plumber who holds a restricted electrical license as well. Your plumber can handle the majority of hot water issues with these two qualifications. Electricians are unable to gain a dual-qualification that allows them to work on the plumbing aspects of electrical appliances.

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Oxy Plumbing Oxy Plumbing 10:43 pm 23 Feb 21

You have written good post and list of plumber as well but you Missed the Oxy plumbing .Oxy plumbing is a professional and affordable plumber company in Canberra. We provide quality plumbing services to residential and commercial customers https://www.oxyplumbing.com.au/

Lynley Stapleton Lynley Stapleton 1:24 pm 20 Nov 20

We called Ben from Rydeau Plumbing regarding a water issue in our yard. He was so helpful over the phone and someone turned up that day to assess the issue. They provided quote on the spot and came back to fix the issue within a few days. Their service was prompt, quality of work exceptional and reasonably priced. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Jorge Luis Peña Arancibia Jorge Luis Peña Arancibia 6:24 pm 27 Oct 20

Anthony and James from Blueline Plumbing and Gas repaired a leaking water supply pipe outside of my property. Their client service was impeccable, providing timely and sound advise and describing the tasks required even before they inspected the leak. They even suggested simple things I could do to reduce their work, and hence the final bill. They were very professional, did proper follow-up, and provided all details needed in their invoices, including photos and suggestions for maintenance. I was very happy with their work and highly recommend them.

Claire Londero Claire Londero 4:14 pm 16 Sep 20

I do not recommend The Plumbing and Electrical Doctor. I called on the Monday requesting a look at my hot water service, which I suspected needed a new element. Was told someone would be around within 2 hours. On Tuesday morning a plumber arrived and declared that my whole system was on the way out and gave me 3 quotes. I decided to get a further opinion, and the plumber I contacted today told me it was the element/heater, arrived with the parts, and had the hot water running again in less than 2 hours. I saved $1600 by not listening to The Plumbing and Electrical Doctor. The call out fee was very reasonable, however, at $49.

James Shuttlesworth James Shuttlesworth 9:34 pm 18 Dec 19

I have used Definitive plumbing before, the guy that owns it was who came out. He was very nice and professional and much cheaper than other people who quoted me off this website

Sian Baird Sian Baird 4:23 pm 15 Oct 19

Thanks to the review on this site I found Andrew McReynolds Plumbing. I had a blocked drain and Andrew was able to assist me in a timely and professional manner. Andrew has great customer skills, is willing to assist and his rates are very reasonable. I can highly recommend him.

Very Stable Genius Very Stable Genius 5:16 pm 03 Oct 19

I am rapt that I found Andrew McReynolds Plumbing. I had tree roots in a pipe and read the reviews here but couldn’t tell which ones were legit. Believe me when I say that Andrew was a godsend. He was skilled and good natured and very reasonably priced for what was a murky and time consuming job. I highly recommend him. And that’s legit.

Sideshowmatt123 Sideshowmatt123 9:34 pm 29 Sep 19

Avoid at all costs the following, they are all the basically same company:
Canberra Blocked Drain Services
Canberra Emergency Hot Water Solutions
Canberra Hot Water Systems and Repairs
Canberra Solar Hot Water Solutions
P1 Plumbing and Electrical Services
Priority One Plumbing and Electrical Services
North Canberra Plumbing
Roof Plumbing Canberra
Sam’s Local Plumbing
Tuggeranong Plumbing
Your Local Plumber ACT

Smart website, call centre, and charged me over $13k for work which they said would take over a week, and ended up taking barely three days with downtime. Manager got threatening and aggressive when I questioned the bill. Awful.

    roberts roberts 9:38 pm 16 Oct 19

    Yep avoid Tuggeranong Plumbing at any cost.

    Jill Farrelly Jill Farrelly 9:17 pm 20 Feb 20

    Canberra Blocked Drains charged me $2300 for 4 1/2 hours work. They did seem to get to the bottom of the problem but the quote the fix it is eye-watering. I will not be asking them back.

Lily Rimanic Lily Rimanic 12:25 pm 18 Jul 19

Hi Diane … I also have plumbing issues and am wondering how you went with that second plumber? And would you mind sharing his name / contact please?

fionad fionad 5:10 pm 23 Jan 19

+1 for Running Plumbing. Damien is excellent – professional, trustworthy, reasonable and quick. Definitely should be in the best plumber lists 🙂

Rocan Rocan 8:21 am 22 Jan 19

Absolutely appalled by Priority One. We lost hot water, called them out, and were quoted $1100 for a fix that may not last long in their words, or $4500 to replace the whole system. Time for another quote, Spencer and Sons came out, replaced the thermostat for $200, job done. Priority One are charlatans, stay clear.

robyn1 robyn1 6:49 pm 28 Aug 18

We Just used Duncan’s Plumbing to repair a disconnected sewage pipe. They were prompt, communicative, efficient, friendly and did a beautiful job. Their invoice was the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen, describing and itemising the work in detail. I’ll be employing them again within a month for more work that we need doing. Fantastic job

Area Brownstein Area Brownstein 5:42 am 05 Jul 18

Check out the guys from “Emergency Plumbers Canberra” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoymXMf8n-k
They answered promptly arrived quickly and took a reasonable price.

mallie17 mallie17 8:33 pm 15 Apr 18

Running Plumbing (Damian Peacock) is the plumber with the mostest. He responded quickly,
and was very honest and reliable. The price was right, and he made sure the problem was fixed before we paid. Can’t recommend him highly enough.

KB jogger KB jogger 1:40 pm 02 Feb 18

I would not recommend priority one plumbing. The plumber was 1 hour late (told us to come between 10am – 2pm, came at 3pm), and he did fix the problem (leaky tap). The pricing system though, is very “confusing” or should I say tricky, my impression is they still charge the same whether you used the “coupon” or not. They tell you higher price if you asked to use the coupon anyways. Conclusion: they can probably fix problems but customers are definitely note their priority and they try to trick you and charge more. I read this article and went with priority one, but regretting it. I would stick with my local plumber from next time.

robplm robplm 11:08 pm 16 Dec 17

I would not recommend priority one plumbing for clearing roots from drains. I had them in and they were unsuccessful ($420 for nothing) and suggested replacing everything. I instead called capital city plumbing who had no trouble clearing drain and for less than half the price. ($187)

    Frustrated Frustrated 10:34 am 09 Jan 18

    I used them recently was charged for 3 1/2 hrs Labour and a piece of copper pipe, $1234.00

    When i asked for an itemised invoice, I got the following response in email.

    “Our organisation has a lot more involved than just the hours on site. Planning and set up and material orders management etc

    The prices account for all these things so a can provide a quality service with quality trades”

    I think the franchise owner thought he could take advantage of someone desperate for plumbing services early in the new year.

    Product review website suggests this company has some history of overcharging and bad work.

Bob303 Bob303 11:25 am 27 Nov 17

Damian Peacock from Running Plumbing is great. We have used him twice now over five years. He is easily contactable by phone or email, returns our calls and emails, attends and fixes our problems very promptly, and goes to some trouble rescheduling other jobs to sort our problems out. We are very impressed with him. Next time we need a plumber, he’s it!

Tim Butler Tim Butler 7:04 pm 06 Nov 17

Anthony from Blueline plumbing and Gas. Extremely high attention to details, is clean and reliable and very transparent as to what he does and your options (including the costs associated with each and his recommendations). Would recommend every time. Website is http://www.bluelineplumbers.com.au

tylique tylique 9:58 am 23 Aug 17

Thank you RiotACT for saving the day with this good list.

I wish I had checked out the list a bit earlier.

The tap connected to the hose was a bit shaky and I was probably waiting for a disater to happen.

The disaster never happened as i got David to the resuse, Nice guy, did a good job and was econimical

I would surely recommend him to be added to the list as well.

http://dlplumbing.com.au/ – Thank you google !

My 2 cents.

frostydog frostydog 4:04 pm 02 Apr 17

Mark at Tap Doctor reliable, reasonably priced, tidy and on time. Forget ” Your Local Plumber” unless you want to take out a second mortgage.

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