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The Best Canberra Emergency Plumbers

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O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

We all know that emergency plumbing issues can be serious. A burst pipe, heavily leaking tap, or lost water access can have expensive and damaging repercussions.

So, it’s important that you act quickly. Contacting an emergency plumber should be at the top of your list of priorities.

(After arranging for an emergency plumber, you might want to consider shutting off the water supply if you know how, and safely moving furniture and other belongings that may get damaged by water or obstruct the plumber when they arrive. Ask your plumber what else you can do when you call them.)

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top emergency plumbers in the Canberra region. Let’s get started.

What makes a great emergency plumber?

Not all plumbers are equipped to help out in emergency situations. But apart from 24/7 availability, what other traits should you look for?

  • Experience. Experienced plumbers are familiar with a host of plumbing issues. They’ve seen it all before and may be more likely to get your plumbing under control than someone just starting out.
  • Prompt and reliable service. In a emergency, you need a plumber who turns up when they say they will.
  • Reliable and respectful of your property. A plumber should arrive on time and ready to work. The best treat customers’ homes like their own – this means keeping mess and disruption to a minimum while being careful with your belongings.
  • 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.
  • Quality parts and products. While using cheaper parts will save money in the short term, they generally don’t last as long and will need to be replaced sooner. For longevity and real value for money, look for a plumber that uses the best part or product for the job – not the one that costs the least.
  • 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 emergency plumbers in Canberra – 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 emergency plumbers in the Canberra region that can help you overcome serious plumbing disasters that simply cannot wait until the next day.

Water Tight Canberra

Water Tight Canberra

As a national 2019 Telstra Business Award winner, Water Tight Canberra has a glowing reputation for delivering outstanding emergency plumbing services in the ACT and region. Its team is available for all your plumbing emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Whether you have stormwater flooding in through your front door, or blocked toilet pipes, Water Tight Canberra has the skills, equipment and ability to get the job repaired and cleaned up as soon as possible, so you can get on with your life.

Here’s what happy customer Vylan07 had to say about their experience with Water Tight Canberra in a website testimonial: “Water Tight provided an excellent job on 25/02/2019. They located the burst water pipe and repaired it immediately. We are so happy with the great service and the professional crew. I strongly recommend this company for any plumbing need that you have.” 

Book online and save 10%.

ACT licenced plumber: 2017441

O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service

O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service

If your drains or sewers are blocked or your hot water system has stopped working in the middle of winter, give O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service (ONBPS) a call.

ONBPS goes beyond just offering emergency plumbing services. Its after hours technicians are located across Canberra, so you won’t wait 40 minutes for a plumber to travel from one end of Canberra to the other. All vans are fully stocked, so you also won’t need to wait on parts.

Best of all, ONBPS’ after hours technicians will try to diagnose and solve the problem over the phone so, 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 Bow had to say about ONBPS on Google Reviews: “Great job guys! Extremely happy with the work you did! Good reliable friendly team! Keep up the good work!”

ACT licenced plumber: 2005108

Eveready Plumbing

Eveready Plumbing is a locally owned and operated plumbing business with over 25 years of experience. Its 24-hour emergency service is fast and efficient, and available throughout the Canberra region.

Eveready Plumbing provides a written guarantee for every job, so you can be confident that your plumber is qualified and completes their work to the highest standard.

Satisfied customer Chez shared their experience with Eveready Plumbing on Google Reviews: “Our sewer blocked up on the first day of a four-day public holiday weekend … to our horror! We called these guys, they arrived within an hour or so, efficiently solved the problem, and charged a reasonable fee. Very happy and thankful for their work.”

Canberra Hot Water and Plumbing

With 24/7 availability, Canberra Hot Water and Plumbing can fix any emergency plumbing issue, including blocked drains, burst pipes and leaking toilets. It can also fix emergency problems with your hot water system.

Customer Garth shared his experience with Canberra Hot Water and Plumbing on Google Reviews: “Canberra Hot Water and Plumbing promptly attended to a blocked drain, resolved it at a reasonable price and have excellent customer service – would highly recommend!!”

The Tap Doctor

The Tap Doctor is a national plumbing business that services the Canberra market. Mark Unwin is our local Canberra Tap Doctor, and he has almost 30 years of plumbing experience.

The Tap Doctor offers a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency phone line for plumbing disasters. And all Tap Doctor plumbers are available for round the clock service.

Customer T.K. shared their review on The Tap Doctor’s website: “I found Mark reliable, courteous, approachable and professional. I was impressed that you showed me the part that was replaced and explained what was wrong with it.”

Your experience with emergency plumbers in Canberra and surrounds

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

Have you recently dealt with a plumbing disaster?

Let us know which plumbing company you phoned – even if it wasn’t one listed above. Was the experience positive? Share you story in the comments section below, so others can learn from your real-life experiences.


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bigred bigred 6:35 pm 05 Dec 19

Have heard a lot of good things about Paramount Plumbing and am likely to give him a go next time: https://www.paramountplumbingandgas.com.au/

Megan Orr Megan Orr 11:13 am 05 Dec 19

Woke up in the morning to find that the hot water system had decided to give up on us. Rang Canberra hot waters to book an evening appointment. The lady at the office booked me in for evening time slot. The plumber came, assessed the hot water and advised me that a part needs to be ordered and replaced. Next day the plumber came back and fixed it for us. Now your hot water works as good as new.
I would definitely recommend Canberra hot water system

Joyce Mcmanus Joyce Mcmanus 7:33 am 04 Dec 19

We have called Tuggeranong Plumbing on two occasions and have always found the plumbers to be very professional. Last time we rang Tuggeranong Plumbing we had leakage in the shower fixed. The plumber arrived an hour late, but he was very polite and understanding. He worked quickly and had all the tools needed for the job. He fixed the leakage in no time. He cleaned up after the job leaving the place clean. I have no hesitation in recommending Tuggeranong Plumbing to those who need supreme Service.

deek deek 9:41 pm 10 Oct 19

We have a recurring problem with micro-roots in our sewage line where it changes from PVC pipe into the clay pipe connection to the council’s sewage main. Jet blasting always succeeds in clearing it. I accepted CanberraBlockedDrainServices’ quote for that work and a subsequent camera inspection to check for broken pipes. CBDS performed the jetting and the camera inspection. Their plumber SMS’d a photo of the camera screen (showing a collapsed pipe, but the camera date & time showed as 7:28pm the previous day and a distance of 22m to the break) and a site photo showing the location of the break in paint (~2m from the IO, not 22m). He advised to fix the pipe as the blockage would soon re-occur. CBDS provided a quote of ~$5,200 to fix the broken pipe (digging up and replacing the pipe). I declined it because it seemed excessive.

My son, a builder in Sydney, (for labour + expenses) exposed the whole pipe from the last IO to the sewer main connection where marked by CBDS, the only section where the blockage could occur. Surprisingly the entire length was unobstructed (checked via inspection port) and in pristine condition – no broken pipe!!! Had I accepted the CBDS quote I would have wasted $5,200!

I wrote to CBDS and invited them to offer a resolution to the expenses I incurred because of their erroneous advice. I received a response which offered contorted explanations but didn’t address at all the indisputable fact that there was no broken pipe (I still wonder about the “mysterious” photo). They clearly didn’t appreciate the wisdom of coming to a mutually satisfactory accommodation. I replied, pointing out the inaccuracies in their reply and advised that I would take this further. I haven’t heard from them since.

Draw your own conclusions…

Di Shi Di Shi 8:57 am 23 Aug 18

Having rung two of the above services in an emergency, one that I left a message and still haven’t gotten a call back and another that only had an opening 4 day’s later, I was super impressed by *6 Star Plumbing and Hotwater*, who not only answered at an ungodly hour, but were also there within the hour to fix what had become a flood.

0448 844 911 – answered within 2 rings and has a team of plumbers of a roster so can really respond to emergencies on a 24/7 basis. Our spouting mixer tap was taken care of within 45mins and saved us from what could have been a shopping mess.

Chris Larry Chris Larry 11:54 am 26 Mar 18

Excellent service! Friendly and very knowledgeable plumber. My job was straight forward, but Daniel persisted till he found the root cause of the problem. Was upfront about all scenarios and kept me informed throughout the diagnosis procedure. Highly recommended.

Bob303 Bob303 11:32 am 27 Nov 17

Damian Peacock from Running Plumbing is great. We have used him twice now over five years, our last emergency being a couple of weeks ago. He is easily contactable by mobile phone or email, returned our calls and emails promptly, attended and fixed our problems very promptly, and went 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!

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