There are many plumbing companies as well as self-employed plumbers right across Melbourne.

It’s not uncommon to see plumbing advertisements and hundreds of reviews and testimonials describing the various services plumbers perform every day.

This can sometimes complicate things when you’re in desperate need of an emergency plumber; scouting review sites is not your main priority right at that critical time!

Luckily, the information below will help you choose the right plumber and most importantly, once you’ve found them, to keep them for life!

How to find a plumber

Ask for recommendations and seek reviews

The first thing you want to do when you start researching is to chat with people you already trust: friends and family!

Ask them for recommendations or see if they’ve recently used a particular plumber. Find out the plumbing issue they faced and learn how the plumber solved their problem.

Next, read online reviews about local plumbers across Melbourne. You can narrow down your list based on reviews and importantly their area’s they service.

Go local!

A local plumber has two major benefits:

    • Due to their location, it’s likely they can arrive quicker than a plumber who provides a wider service area or visits more suburbs.
    • Local plumbers know their surrounds inside out! They know the streets, the local houses, and the terrain. They can generally provide you with specialised local knowledge that helps diagnose and solve and issue sooner.

Ensure your plumber is licensed and insured

Next, you want to make sure that your chosen plumber is licensed to legally perform all sorts of plumbing work.

You must only choose a plumber that has the relevant and appropriate licenses to safely and proactively rectify your plumbing issue. A plumbing licence ensures they have completed relevant training and that they can legally perform plumbing work.

Importantly, it’s crucial to know that if something goes wrong in the future, you will literally pay the price if you’ve engaged an unlicensed plumber.

You see, in the off chance that something does go wrong after works are completed by a licensed plumber, their insurance would cover the installation and damage. You and your plumber are both covered, and you are not out of pocket.

Clear quotes

Find out how your plumber quotes, and learn if there are any hidden costs.

Good, trustworthy plumbers provide transparent and accurate quotes and disclose all fees before costs are agreed, and only then does work commence.

Collecting a few quotes from different plumbers will help you compare costs, but remember cost is only one of many factors you must think about!


The result of a plumbing job differs when it is performed by an unlicensed tradesperson and when it is performed by a licensed plumber with years of experience.