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Blocked drains Melbourne

Struggling with blocked sewer drains or stuffed-up stormwater drains? Our blocked drain specialists are on call 24/7. Give us a ring, and we’ll be there in an hour.
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Based on 307 reviews

Melbourne’s leading blocked drain plumbers, at your service


24hrs 7 days

Struggling with a blocked plumbing emergency? We’re on our way.
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1-hour service

Day or night, CBD or outer suburbs, we’ll be there in an instant.

30 years
of experience

We’ve yet to come across a drain blockage we can’t unstick.

Family owned & operated

An experienced and reliable and friendly plumber? Better believe it.

We’ll have your drains flowing smoothly in no time

At the risk of stating the obvious: a blocked drain is a heck of a problem. After 30 years leading Melbourne’s plumbing industry, we’ve come to learn that a blockage is either the symptom of one problem or the beginning of another. It could be that a fault in the pipes (like age or damage) is causing the block, or the block is about to cause a waste back-up and flood your site. Take a deep breath. All is not lost. We’re on the case. 

As a full-service plumbing specialist, we can unblock the most stubborn blockages. Arriving in fully-equipped vans, our plumbers come prepared to diagnose potential future problems or deal with immediate emergencies. Blocked sink or overflowing stormwater drain, we’ll get it sorted.

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We’re the best because we use the best

A tradie is only as good as their tools, which is why we insist on using the best tools on the market. With our sterling reputation, we’ve managed to partner with leading toolmakers and plumbing system manufacturers. That’s how we’re able to design reliably robust solutions that’ll last a good long while.

Our blocked drains services

We’ve spent hours elbow-deep in some of the most noxious blocked drains in Melbourne. So if our confidence verges on arrogance, believe us when we say we’ve earned it. We’re here to help. Just point us in the right direction.

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Hear your pipes gurgling? You’ve got a blocked sink. We’ve got it covered.

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Blocked stormwater drains flooding outside your house? Leave it to us.

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Our steel-spined plumbers will unblock the most foul and fetid bogs.

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Unless you know the cause, assume every block is an emergency and call our experts.

Want to see us clear blocked drains?

We’ll spare you the Not-Safe-For-Work images of our plumbers digging through a blocked sewer drain. But here are a few tasteful snaps of our team hard at work.

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We can be there within the hour, guaranteed

Our streamlined service allows us to instantly respond to every client. Whether you’ve got blocked stormwater drains in front of your office or need comprehensive drain repair for your apartment complex, we’ll get it done on the double.

Step 1

Give us a call

Call us the moment you see a puddle or hear a gurgle.
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Get a response
Our friendly team will call you back within the hour.
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Step 3
Secure a solution
We’ll either rush out immediately or schedule a visit at your convenience.

Our service areas

Despite the name, we haven’t been an exclusively inner-city plumber for years. These days, we provide drain unblocking services for businesses, homes and residential estates right across Melbourne. 

Rest assured that distance doesn’t affect our response time. If you’re within the Melbourne metropolitan area, you can count on us. 

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What our customers say

Alex StanleyAlex Stanley ★★★★★ These guys are really efficient in getting to you as required.If you are fortunate enough to get Ty, he did both my friend's cisturn and my own.He worked hard. He worked fast. He was neat and even cleaned up afterwardsMy friend, Tim and I are so very grateful.Thank you, Ty ❤Tom BoswellTom Boswell ★★★★★ Guy and Jack came to check a leak in our ceiling. They were incredibly professional and friendly, and patient in explaining the issue and next steps. Would highly recommend.Joy SchafferJoy Schaffer ★★★★★ Inner City responded immediately when we described our urgent situation and organised for Shane to come and investigate the leaks. He was very thorough, reassuring and considered before saying it was necessary to break some bathroom tiles. He was professional and persisted in a very difficult event. He and his team cleaned up carefully. We highly recommend ICPLONG PENGLONG PENG ★★★★★ Steve and James are professional, friendly and efficiently find the root cause of my gas plumbing issue, then fix it and test it to make sure everything is secure and working. Great job and highly recommend it if you are looking for a good plumber.Nick CrawfordNick Crawford ★★★★☆ Jean JamesJean James ★★★★★ Very prompt and efficient. Very personable plumberTab WaymouthTab Waymouth ★★★★★ Sally PeacockSally Peacock ★★★★★ Thank you for a great service, and very professional.Chris BChris B ★★★★★ Great service from initial call to job resolution. Ty explained the different options and was able to perform an immediate repair to our leaking roof. Thanks!Bridget DaviesBridget Davies ★★★★☆ Zhané Orr-O'FarrellZhané Orr-O'Farrell ★★★★★ Another fantastic experience with Inner City Plumbing. This time with Shane who removed and installed a new hot water system on the same day. Could not recommend highly enough!TaniaTania ★★★★★ Steve arrived within an hour of calling about our hot water system. He was courteous, fixed the issue and gave us a reasonable quote if we needed a replacement in the future. He also called a few days later to see if our hot water system was ok. Highly recommend this service.JD2021JD2021 ★★★★★ Guy from Inner City plumbing came out today to diagnose my faulty hot water service.There was no push for an upsell and he went above and beyond to ensure the new product was functioning as I required.Lovely guy who provided a fantastic service.Thanks Guy, greatly appreciated.Celia MurrayCelia Murray ★★★★★ It's such a relief to find local plumbers who were so professional and thorough. The team worked incredibly hard to resolve issues with bathroom plumbing in a heritage house. What we initially thought was hopefully a small issue turned out to be a massive problem with old piping. Inner City Plumbing kept us informed every step of the way, fixed everything quickly, and worked tirelessly so that we could use our bathroom as fast as possible. Would absolutely recommend them to anyone in Melbourne, and am thrilled that we've found a company we can trust and call on again if we need.Zhané Orr-O'FarrellZhané Orr-O'Farrell ★★★★★ Fantastic experience with Guy who attended my property, quickly and efficiently rectified my plumbing issue. Very personable and positive experience. Highly recommend!Nok RoutledgeNok Routledge ★★★★★ Our flat metal roof had some spots that needed recaulking. Inner City was professional and friendly. Explained to us what needed to happen to fix those in an honest manner as they would a friend. We had another (large) company came in to make a quote and glad we didn't go with them. Inner City team was much more reasonable and friendly.dong hyuck Kimdong hyuck Kim ★★★★★ Service was very quick and prompt. Call, visit, fix and sorted.greg t charltongreg t charlton ★★★★★ excellent workSharon KnightSharon Knight ★★★★★ Peter HardingPeter Harding ★★★★★ David WhittDavid Whitt ★★★★★ We were lucky we found inner city plumbing when our boiler was leaking.Shane arrived punctually and explained the issue and why a new boiler was the best course of action given the model and its age.He sourced the new boiler within hours and had fitted it in under two hours on the same day.We would thoroughly recommend inner city plumbing and Shane. They were polite, thorough and professional from start to finish.Any further plumbing issues and I’ve got number of the people I’m going to use from now on.5 Stars Guys all round.Leanne shineLeanne shine ★★★★★ Extremely polite, on time. flexible. Great service.Julyan MamoJulyan Mamo ★★★★★ Riley BadawyRiley Badawy ★★★★☆ Very happy. Picked up things that were clearly missed by other plumbers I’ve had look at my kitchen & finally resolved some issues. Prompt, clear & genuine. Would use again.Rocket Roger and the Pocket RocketsRocket Roger and the Pocket Rockets ★★★★★ b sb s ★★★★★ So happy with my experience with these guys. I looked up a few plumbers in my area and choose Inner City as they seemed to have the best rates. When the plumber arrived he was courteous and thoughtful (asked if he should take off his shoes, and was careful not to let the cat out). He identified a fault I didn't even notice I had, and fixed everything with parts he had on hand. 10/10!Kuputnik KakastankoKuputnik Kakastanko ★★★★★ Very impressed with the service for a replacement water heater.Nicholas “Ntones” TonesNicholas “Ntones” Tones ★★★★★ Recommended. On time, right pricejs_loader
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You can count on us

Like a barber who knows just how you like it, a reliable plumber is a friend for life. Once you find the right one, neither hell nor high water can keep you apart. We’ve built up years-long relationships with a diverse range of clients spanning Melbourne. When you need us, we won’t let you down.
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3 decades of excellence

We’ve lasted this long by consistently delivering on our promises.
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Melbourne’s favourite drain repair specialist

It’s hard to deny — just read our ratings and reviews.
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It’s a family affair
Our expertise is unparalleled. But it’s our straightforward friendliness that sets us apart.
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Customers adore us for our speed and honesty. We have hundreds of 5-star reviews.
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About us

When we started out in the mid-90s, we set ourselves three goals:

  • To exceed our clients’ expectations
  • To continually improve our service
  • To enjoy what we do

As a family-owned and operated business, we’re in the incredibly fortunate position to do what we love with the people we love. We’re not trying to get sentimental — we excel at what we do precisely because we love it. Our passion for plumbing is what keeps us reliable, honest and competent.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In our experience, drains are most often clogged by clumps of hair or congealed cooking oils, fats and foodstuffs. Storm drains and underground plumbing, however, can also be clogged by thickening moss or plant root systems that have broken through the walls of the pipes.

Before you call us, you can try a few things yourself. You can go at your drains with a plunger to see if you can loosen the clog yourself or pour a cleaning solution down your drains. 

Here’s a non-toxic, environmentally safe drain cleaner recipe for you:

  • 1 part hot water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part baking soda

We don’t recommend pouring heavy-duty drain cleaners down your sink unless you know what your pipes are made of — older ceramic pipes might erode and worsen the problem. Even if you have PVC pipes, a drain cleaner might not be the appropriate solution.

Once we’re on the scene, we’ll investigate your pipes using a CCTV drain camera and then make our recommendation on how to unblock your drains. In instances where your pipes have been damaged, you may need more comprehensive drain repair and unclogging.

In our experience, drains are most often clogged by clumps of hair or congealed cooking oils, fats and foodstuffs. Storm drains and underground plumbing, however, can also be clogged by thickening moss or plant root systems that have broken through the walls of the pipes.

Let’s get to work

Our friendly team are standing by for a call. If we’re on the line with another client, leave a message with as many details about your drain blockage as you can give us. We’ll call you back in a matter of minutes.


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