From pipes to plugs, plumbing is not something you want to mess around with as a Canberra homeowner. But how do you know if you’ve found a trustworthy, talented plumber for your project? We’re diving into everything you need to know to find the best plumber near you!
There are generally two types of plumbing jobs: planned and problems.
Planned jobs can actually be exciting. Perhaps you’re eyeing up a new kitchen or bathroom for your home or have ideas for swapping out fixtures for a quick upgrade.
These changes are something to look forward to!
In contrast, you have plumbing PROBLEMS.
Problems can also be exciting but not in a particularly enjoyable way. When trouble strikes in the form of blockage or leak, you need to find the best service for the job and fast – and you won’t want to spend time panic scrolling to find one while trouble looms.
Having the right phone number and names on hand for plumbing projects and problems alike can be a saving grace for homeowners. Whether you’re thinking ahead or think you need an emergency call out, you’ll want the best plumber for the job.
But how do you find the best plumber in Canberra for your needs? With our help it’s easy. We’re breaking down what to look for and what to ask so you can make the best decision for your home.
What to look for in a plumbing service
When choosing the best plumber in Canberra for your work, start with licensing and insurance coverage.
Plumbing is a licensed trade that requires a professional touch. Always ask to see proof of licensure and insurance so you can be sure that everyone has proper coverage if you decide to move forward.
If you’re satisfied with the service’s registration and standing, you can consider other factors. Here’s a checklist for you to keep on hand as you make your calls:
- Do they have a solid online reputation? Check their Google My Business listing and Facebook reviews to see what former customers have to say about their experiences.
- Are they a local provider? Look for a service that is close enough to make short-notice callouts and who understands local regulations and codes.
- Do they offer emergency response? Confirm whether they provide 24/7 services and whether they charge extra for these callouts.
- What are their cost estimates? Ask whether they provide free estimates to help you budget for any longer-term project appropriately.
- What is their business background? Consider how long they’ve been in business and whether they have a master plumber on their team.
What plumbing groups do they belong to? Confirm if the service is a member of any associations or alliances that can add to their business integrity.
7 things you should ask any potential plumber (before you pay them a cent)
Even if your problem is as small as a constantly dripping tap in your upstairs bathroom, it’s worth taking the time to ask a potential plumber a few key questions.
You already know now that you should ALWAYS start by asking whether they are licensed – but how else can you narrow down the field especially if you are in a hurry (let’s face it, if you have an overflowing toilet, you won’t want to spend too much time interviewing the pros).
Here are seven things you should ask to find the best plumber in Canberra for your project or issue.
- Credibility: “Where can I read reviews or see social proofs about your business?”
- Payment: “Do you charge a trip fee on top of an hourly rate, or are there flat fees for this type of work?”
- Timing: “How long does this type of work take to complete and when are you available?”
- Longevity: “How many years have you been in business here in Canberra?”
- Guarantees: “Do you offer both parts and workmanship warranties for services provided?”
- Technician: “Who will be doing the actual work in my home and what are their credentials?”
Readiness: “Do you have the parts for this project in stock and ready to go?”
Try these DIY plumbing hacks before you pick up the phone
First things first: you are not going to be tackling any extensive plumbing job alone.
Not only will you probably create more problems for yourself, you can actually get fined if you have plumbing work done by an unlicensed individual. So, unless you’re a licensed plumber, it’s time for you to find one.
But do you really need a plumber for every single plumbing issue? It might be best to call in the experts, but there are a few things you can try before you call in reinforcements.
DIY Tip #1 – Unclogging a blocked drain
There are a number of products in local hardware and supply stores that can clear more simple blockage issues. These cleaners come in different varieties based on the chemicals that get the job done. The right type will depend on what is causing your blockage.
For a clogged kitchen sink, look for an oxidizing cleaner that works great on organic matter (like food build up). In a bathroom where hair might be the culprit in your drain, try an acidic chemical cleaner. If none of these work after a try or two, you’ll want to call in a pro for help.
DIY Tip #2 – Clearing a clogged toilet
Stuck with a clogged toilet? There are two ways for you to attempt to fix this plumbing problem.
First, you can try using a plunger to dislodge whatever is clogging the pipes down below. This can take several tries, but don’t attempt it when there is a lot of water in the bowl or you will have a mess to deal with.
Another option is to try pouring an equal amount of baking soda and vinegar down the drain.
And if neither of those DIY hacks work, we’re ready to take your call on 0411 169 327.
What to leave to the Pros? Everything else
A broad but accurate category: pretty much everything else that involves pipework, drains, connections, or installation will require a professional plumber.
Don’t fall into temptation to cut corners here.
You can void warranties, create a mess, waste money, and get in trouble with the local council (and pay steep fines!) if they find out you were tinkering with your pipes.
Bonus tips to help you hire the best Canberra plumber
If you’re either planning a project that will require plumbing or looking for a plumber to have on speed dial in case trouble pops up, it can be helpful to do extra research. Consider these bonus tips when vetting plumbers in Canberra.
✔ Be cautious: When tempted by lower prices from less experienced plumbers, ask yourself “why are these prices so low?”. Everyone needs to get a start somewhere, but your home might not be the best place for this.
✔ Avoid over-the-phone quotes: Second guess any estimate you are given over the phone for anything more complicated than drain clearing. Complex repairs or renovation work require a site visit to accurately price.
✔ Consider buying fixtures: Depending on the work you are having done, you can save by buying your own fixtures. Just be sure to confirm that any plumber you consider can or will work with them before finalizing.
✔ Ask for tips and ideas: All quality plumbers will be happy to give their take on your project. You might get some great new ideas you never considered before that will produce even greater results.
Call Fluid Plumbing and Gas Services for the best plumber in Canberra (we’re biased, but we also back our quality)
While you’ll have to leave most plumbing work to the pros, finding the right service for your needs can be a stressful experience.
Calling around, checking references, and doing your research can take a bit of work, but it is always well worth it in the end. Always go with a licensed, experienced plumber who guarantees their work and offers transparent pricing.
Take the stress out of your plumbing job with Fluid Plumbing and Gas Services. We’ve provided residential and commercial plumbing services throughout Canberra for over 12 years. In that time, we’ve built a reputation as a locally owned, trustworthy, and affordable plumbing service. And we’re licensed and insured so you never need to worry.
Whether you need 24/7 emergency service or are planning a renovation that involves plumbing, we’re ready and able to help you. You can request a fast free quote today or call us on 0411 169 327 with any of your questions.