Plumbing issues can be frustrating if they’re unexpected and an emergency. That’s whether you need to unblock a stubborn drain, fix a dripping tap, or repair a burst pipe. While not all plumbing issues are urgent, it’s important to get all plumbing issues fixed by a quality plumber.
An experienced, licensed and insured plumber can solve virtually any plumbing issue. It’s best to do some research before selecting a plumber to give you confidence the job will be done right.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a plumber, and share where to find the best in Queanbeyan.
What makes a great plumber?
Great plumbers have extensive experience and a wide range of skills. The best can handle virtually any plumbing issue, large or small, straightforward or complex. It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a plumber in the Queanbeyan area.
- Licensed and insured. Plumbers must be licensed and meet strict eligibility requirements to practice. Be sure your plumber has a licence and ask to see it. Also, ask for evidence that your plumber has up-to-date public and product liability insurance.
- Quality parts. Cheap parts might save you money in the short term, but they generally don’t last as long. For genuine value-for-money, look for a plumber that uses top quality parts and products.
- Reliable and respectful. The best plumbers work quickly, do what they say they’re going to do, and treat their customers’ property as if it was their own. This means minimising mess and disruption and handling your belongings with respect. It also means tidying up after the job is done.
- Upfront pricing. The best plumbers provide transparent, detailed quotes so you can rest easy knowing you won’t be hit with hidden charges or surprise fees.
- Availability and punctuality. The best plumbers are busy so ask about availability. And ask if the plumber is punctual so you’re not left hanging around for hours waiting for them to show up.
Important essentials to check before engaging a plumber
Master Plumbers recommends you conduct these checks before engaging a plumber. They’re easy and only take five minutes. They’ll ensure you don’t engage a dodgy plumber.
- Check that the plumber has a registered business through the Australian Business Registration.
- Confirm that the plumber holds a membership with a reputable industry body such as the Master Plumbers.
- Check the plumber’s website and advertising. Make sure their ABN and license number are posted, as this is required by law. If they don’t have a website or don’t have this information on their site, it’s likely best to move on.
- Verify the plumber’s public liability insurance and level of cover. Ask them to bring proof.
The best plumbers in Queanbeyan
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’ 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.
Definitive Plumbing and Gas
Definitive Plumbing and Gas is a small team of industry leaders who specialise in maintenance-only plumbing. They carry out all aspects of repairs, from residential houses to strata and commercial repairs. They are well equipped with all the equipment you would expect from a preferred plumber.
Local Canberran Alex started the business in 2015 and it continues to grow each year. He has always loved maintenance plumbing and providing solutions for his customers. With over 15 years of maintenance plumbing experience, there isn’t anything in Canberra he hasn’t seen and fixed.
From blocked drains, hot water repairs and replacements, CCTV drainage reporting, drainage excavation and repairs, all the way to a leaking tap. If you can name a plumbing maintenance issue, the team at Definitive Plumbing can offer a solution.
Taking a look at their social media, you can see they deliver what they promise. The team have countless photos of previous jobs and happy customers. Alex has always instilled in the team that you need to walk away from a job proud that you conducted the works there, and there's no doubt, the team have taken this on board.
NSW License: 291889C. ACT License: 20121603.
On Google, David Sturgess wrote, “Professional service good communication to what was going on with the job and was very prompt and was on time. Would use this business again and strongly recommend them to anyone.”
Laser Plumbing Queanbeyan
Laser Plumbing Queanbeyan is a highly regarded plumbing company that provides top-quality domestic and commercial plumbing services. All staff are formally trained and qualified, giving you total peace of mind. What’s more, Laser Plumbing Queanbeyan offers a same-day emergency service for those that just can’t wait.
NSW License: 243911C. ACT License: 2017436.
Chris Kenyon wrote on Google, “The team at Level (formerly Laser) Plumbing are really good. They are friendly, very helpful, and amazingly quick to respond to a request for service.”
Silva Plumbing Services
Silva Plumbing Services provides prompt and professional domestic, emergency and commercial plumbing services. Services cover water, gas, drains, faults, locators and plumbing reports. Service is available 24/7. Fully licensed and insured.
NSW License: 256221C. ACT License: 2013299.
Deanne Lotawa wrote on Google, “Honestly so blown away by how genuine, honest and helpful my experience was with them. Would recommend to anyone and definitely will be using them again for any of our plumbing needs.”
Anything Gas and Plumbing
The dedicated team behind the locally owned and operated business Anything Gas and Plumbing, delivers top-notch plumbing services to homes and businesses in Queanbeyan and surrounding region. Expert plumbers show up on time, offer reasonable quotes, and perform any plumbing job to the highest possible standards – all with a friendly and professional attitude.
On Google, Brett Thurbon wrote, “Awesome job. Came same day when I called.”
Mayday Plumbing and Gas
Mayday Plumbing and Gas is a local business servicing Queanbeyan, and surrounds. Dedicated technicians offers the full gamut of plumbing services, including blocked drains, water heaters, shower and bath plumbing, pipe leaks and commercial plumbing. Also, gas-fitting, CCTV drain cameras and grey water systems.
NSW License: 310311C. ACT License: 2009765.
Joshua Hogan wrote on Google, “Mayday Plumbing and Gas responded promptly to my plumbing service call and resolved the issue in a timely manner and at a very fair price.”
Your experience with plumbers in Queanbeyan
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Frequently Asked Questions
What do plumbers charge?
Many plumbers charge an hourly rate and others quote by the job or project. The amount a plumber charges depends on multiple factors. One factor is if the job is an emergency requiring urgent, out-of-hours attention. Another is whether the project is major, like plumbing an entire kitchen. Yet another factor is the type of plumbing issue you’re facing. Is it large or small? Is it easy to fix or a more substantial and time-consuming repair? Your best bet is to ask the plumber to provide a detailed quote, so you have an idea of fees upfront.
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 do-it-yourself and get caught, you’ll likely void your home insurance or face a fine from Access Canberra. Why take the chance? Call a licensed plumber.
Do plumbers need to be licensed?
You’ll want a licensed plumber to legally complete all your plumbing work. All licensed plumbers should display their license number on all advertising, which includes their website. If they don’t, either go elsewhere or ask them for proof of their licensing.
When should I call an emergency plumber?
Whenever plumbing fails, it can damage your home and contents. It can also cause discomfort or cause a health risk to your family and even neighbours. When in doubt, call a plumber available for emergency callouts and discuss what the problem is. They’ll let you know if they need to come out asap.
Do I need a plumber or electrician to service my electric hot water heater?
Some fully licensed plumbers also hold a restricted electrical license. A plumber with these two qualifications can handle most hot water issues. The safest approach is to explain your issue and ask the plumber upfront if they have the right qualifications to do the job.