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The Best Canberra Emergency Plumbers

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O’Neill & Brown Plumbing Service offer 24hr 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.

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!”

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.”

Duncan's Plumbing Service

Duncan’s Plumbing Service has helped fix Canberra’s emergency plumbing problems since 1991. With years of experience and feedback, the team addresses emergency plumbing issues including blocked drains, burst pipes, gas leaks, burst hot water heater repairs and gas fitting.

Duncan’s offers a 24-hour emergency plumbing hotline so you can speak to someone quickly.

Customer Lynne shared her experience with Duncan’s Plumbing Service on Google Reviews: “Tradies have often reduced me to tears for all the wrong reasons.. this time Duncans Plumbing had me in tears of gratitude.. they were just the best.”

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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Angie Brein 12:10 pm 10 Sep 19

Canberra blocked drains always was there to help us in all our plumbing issues. In a world where it is hard to find reliable, honest tradespeople, these guys are one to put your trust in. Thanks guys for your service.

David Langton 12:51 pm 04 Jul 19

Canberra Blocked Drains Services are really good at what they do. They have done works at our property at an really affordable price, the two plumbers who attended our property were very friendly. We need more honest plumbing company like this.

Georgia Wells 12:05 pm 02 Jul 19

We have been using Tuggeranong plumbing company for a long time now. They have been very helpful in solving our plumbing issue. They carry out the plumbing works at my daughters property as well.
They are our trusted plumbers and would recommend them to others as well.
Thank you Tuggeranong Plumbing for years of service.

Martin Tascone 10:33 am 05 Jun 19

Thomas from Priority One Plumbing came to the rescue when we noticed a slight gas leak under the house. Thomas was professional and was a specialist in gas leak issues. He was able to locate and repair the leak and his easy going nature and expertise will have him return for any future issues. Highly recommended.

Maria Ritchie 10:42 am 26 Apr 19

Priority one plumbing company was very helpful and provided a prompt service.
The plumber who arrived at your house was very professional and quickly solved our plumbing issue. After comparing the quote with two other companies, I found that these guys were offering a lower price.
Communication from start to finish was great.
Highly recommended !

Lara Heartly 8:30 am 17 Apr 19

I was happy with Priority One Plumbing’s work to replace my gutters with new ones. The plumber was happy to answer questions about planned work, was reliable and he cleaned up after the work was completed. Price was also competative to other quotes.

Tom Kenedy 8:49 am 11 Apr 19

P1 Plumbing and Electrical is one of the most professional tradespeople I have ever had the pleasure of using. Punctual, efficient, highly skilled, knew exactly what they were doing and got on with the job straight away. Flexible and obliging value for money. I highly recommend this company.

Sherly Patterson 8:13 am 19 Mar 19

Our toilet was blocked and needed to be unblocked asap. We looked in the local paper and found P1 plumbing and electrical. We called them to have an appointment and within one hour the plumber reached at our door. He was an experienced plumber, knew how to solve and my issue was fixed within half an hour. Great work guys!

Mandy Dylan 9:05 am 05 Dec 18

Our gas hot water system broke down at around in the evening.We called Priority One Plumbing and arranged for a new system to be installed.the next morning.I was impressed with their prompt response and service.Price was competitive and I feel confident asking questions to get honest answers from them.Thanks to the plumber and company in handling our issue efficiently.

Chris Gary 10:44 am 14 Nov 18

Shane from Priority one plumbing has been looking after my plumbing jobs for years and he does an great job.He is very easy to get along with great service prices.He has done all sorts of work for me block drains,broken pipes to hot water unit. Highly recommended company.

Rose Jacklin 10:35 am 24 Oct 18

This was my first time using Priority One Plumbing and I was very happy with their service. I called out them to fix my burst pipe. The plumber was on time and explained to me what he was going to do to fix the burst pipe. He did his work in no time and left the place clean and tidy. Did not mess around and did his work in an very professional manner and gave me a descent quote. Thanks Priority One Plumbing, will use you again without even thinking of another plumber.

Teena Won 9:50 am 27 Sep 18

I had a leaking tap and I quickly called Priority One Plumbing at 6am on one Wednesday.Dispite very early they attended my call and organised me a plumber to come after one hour.The plumber turned up on time and fixed my issue promptly.Thank you guys for your 24 hours assistance and thus my matter was resolved quickly.Will recommend to all.

James Brown 11:10 am 10 Sep 18

We needed to have all our water plumbing redone in our garden.We approached Priority One Plumbing after meeting two or three other plumbers.This group gave us the most reasonable price than others and they understood our needs very well.Their team arrived and did their job well in a very professional manner.Extremely happy with their service.

Lyla Wesley 8:02 am 03 Sep 18

I would highly recommend Priority one plumbing as they provided me a low cost solution for fixing my leaking pipe attached to the sink.John really helped well in taking care of the issue.He was knowledgeable, professional and highly committed to his work.Thank you for all your efforts and I believe this company would be one of the top in future.

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.

Jhoney Marke 3:27 pm 19 Jun 18

I would recommend Priority one plumbing highly. They are extremely reliable, friendly and professional from start to finish. They are experts in their work. I am happy with the work done by them. Definitely recommend this company to friends. Cheers!!

Joy Jack 2:18 pm 08 Jun 18

The service done by the priority one plumbing is outstanding! Had a leakage in the kitchen faucet. The team investigated further and had replaced the kitchen sink water valve and faucet. They are super awesome team as they were so reliable, courteous and competent. I was expecting a high price after all the work done but to my surprise the price was affordable. Thank you guys! Recommending them highly!!

Harry Alexander 10:12 am 01 Jun 18

Priority one plumbing services is one service that I would recommend highly to others because they responded to my problem very fast with out any hesitation. Great customer service. They fixed the HWS very fast and replaced it with the new one which is working incredibly. Friendly and polite.

Jade Adrian 10:44 am 30 May 18

Priority one plumbing service is the best. Highly recommended!

Highly efficient and best customer service. Prompt response on the problem. The leakage was fixed very fast. They even called after few days to cross check whether there is any problem.

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.

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