If you have a blocked drain in your home, chances are you’ll know about it. Your sinks or toilets might be slow to drain, overflowing or making unusual gurgling sounds. Other times, the first sign of a blockage is the whiff of an unpleasant odour emanating from a drain.
Blocked drains are one of the most common reasons people choose to call a plumber. And since they can cause serious damage to your home or property if left untreated, it’s important that any blockages are resolved quickly.
That’s where a blocked drain specialist comes in. They can relieve a clogged or broken drain or perform regular maintenance to keep your home’s plumbing operating at its best.
Here’s our list of the top drain plumbers in Canberra so you can find one when you need it most.
What makes a reliable drain plumber?
Drain plumbers are experts at – you guessed it – unblocking drains. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a drain plumber to hire.
- Drain blockage experience. Fixing heavy-duty blockages requires specialist knowledge that not all plumbers may have. Check that your chosen plumber has the experience to get the job done.
- Reliable and respectful of your property. Your plumber should arrive on time and ready to work. The best treat customers’ homes like their own – this means keeping disruption to a minimum while being careful with your belongings.
- Prompt communication. If you’re like most people, you’ll want your drain unblocked quickly. Look for a plumber that responds to your query quickly and can get to your home as soon as practical.
- Transparent pricing. Your plumber should be upfront with you about how much things will cost. Quotes and invoices should be transparent, with no unexpected fees or charges.
- Specialist parts and products. For longevity and real value for money, opt for a plumber that uses the best part or product for the job – not the one that costs the least. Your chosen plumber should also use the latest in drain unblocking technology.
- Appropriate licences and insurances. In the ACT, all plumbers need to be licensed and meet eligibility requirements (such as having completed a relevant qualification). Double check that your chosen plumber is licensed and has current public and products liability insurance to protect you if work doesn’t go to plan.
The top Canberra drain plumbers according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Here are the top Canberra blocked drain specialists according to our readers’ feedback.
Need a blocked drain cleared fast? Give O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service (ONBPS) a call. It uses state-of-the-art jetting machines with camera and location capabilities to clear blockages with minimal disruption to your family and property.
Available 24/7, ONBPS’ after hours technicians are located all over Canberra, so you won’t need to wait 40 minutes for a plumber to travel to the other side of town. All vans are fully stocked with everything needed to unblock drains, including ONBPS’ own drain clearing and smoothing product (which you get to keep when the job is complete).
If you call outside of business hours, the technician will try to diagnose and solve the problem over the phone so that, if possible, the visit can wait until morning and you can avoid an after hours fee.
ONBPS prides itself on strong workmanship, use of high quality genuine parts and products and extensive employee training. All plumbers are employed by the company – it does not hire contractors. In addition, ONBPS provides internal training to set expectations for attention to detail and treating customers’ homes as their own. Every job is photographed, and time-stamped photos are sent to head office to ensure work meets stringent quality requirements.
Here’s what customer Al had to say about ONBPS on Google Reviews: “Bloody great service! Guys were friendly and very knowledgeable. After numerous plumbers coming out to try and fix my blocked pipes these blokes came out, gave me the right advice, got the job done and walked me through the process. Well done fellas! Great work! Will definitely be using you again!”
ACT licenced plumber: 2005108
As a national 2019 Telstra Business Award winner, Water Tight Canberra has a glowing reputation for delivering outstanding plumbing services – including fixing blocked drains – in the ACT and region.
When you choose Water Tight Canberra, you can expect to have your drains cleared as soon as possible, and the work area left in a pristine condition.
Here’s what happy customer Geoff had to say about his experience working with Water Tight Canberra: “One call and the wonderful receptionist organised for Aaron to come over in his lunch and fix our major shower blockage… Pulled the shower apart, explained in detail to me everything that was happening and found the annoying problem… Unbelievable service, more intent on fixing the problem and doing it right than ripping us off.”
Water Tight Canberra is currently offering a special offer for blocked drains in Canberra: Save 50% on the use of a sewer CCTV camera when you book to have your drain cleared with an electric eel or jet rodder. To redeem, mention this offer when booking your service.
ACT licenced plumber: 2017441
Fixing blocked drains is one of Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting’s specialties. It uses industry-leading plumbing equipment to tackle even the most stubborn of drains. And if your drains can’t be cleared (i.e. they are heavily infested with tree roots or have collapsed), Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting has the equipment and expertise to replace them.
Customer Margo raved about her experience with the company on Google Reviews: “How refreshing. A skilled plumber who is professional, friendly, customer focused and prepared to go the extra distance to ensure a good job. Happy to recommend Woden Valley Plumbing to anyone in need of some top rate plumbing assistance.”
A.C.T Drain Cleaning and Plumbing’s Joe Mercieca is a fully insured, licensed and affordable drain plumber. Servicing all of Canberra, he offers emergency plumbing services including fixing blocked drains.
Here’s what customer Lindsey had to say on Google Reviews about her experience working with Joe: “Awesome — I had a blocked sewer and called one of the bigger companies who charged an arm and a leg and didn’t fix the problem. I then tried Joe and he fixed it up within an hour at less than half the price! Plus he’s a great guy, very experienced, and friendly.”
Forget having to dig up your backyard to find the source of a blockage. Dr Drains uses CCTV cameras to pinpoint the exact location of your drainage problem, saving time and avoiding added inconvenience. The work of its highly-skilled and licensed technicians is also guaranteed to give you peace of mind.
Customer Cathy shared her experience with Dr Drains on Google Reviews: “We had a crisis with a blocked drain while new work was being done. When we contacted Dr Drains they responded very quickly. Jeremy arrived within an hour and had solved the problem almost immediately. Terrific customer service from the person answering the phone in the office to Jeremy our knight in shining armour!”
Who did you pick?
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