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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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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

Ed MacaulayEd Macaulay ★★★★★ Prompt service with from a plumber who identified my problem and quickly fixed it at a reasonable price (taking account of the fact the service was outside normal working hours) I will keep this company in mind when I require plumbing work in the future.Ashrakat CharmyAshrakat Charmy ★★★★★ Big thanks to Jack & Guy for installing a couple of wall hung vanities.They were quick, efficient and excellent value for money.Would def hire them again for any plumbing issues!Liz KLiz K ★★★★★ Highly recommend. Courteous & helpful plumber, job efficiently done. Thank you.Rachael LudowykeRachael Ludowyke ★★★★☆ Responsive and reliable but somewhat expensive.I called Inner City Plumbing 7am Monday morning after a burst pipe overnight had our water off at the mains and unable to shower for work.They were one of the only plumbers that answered the phone and arrived promptly at 8:30am and resolved the issue in 1.5hours.I thought normal rates would apply but I think we were still charged "emergency" rates based on the final bill.Louie BizilisLouie Bizilis ★★★★★ Fantastic service very good guys to deal with very good rates and prompt on time serviceLouise BullockLouise Bullock ★★★★★ Fast, friendly and efficient service. I highly recommended Inner City Plumbing.Mirabella CalugaruMirabella Calugaru ★★★★★ Inner City Plumbing attended property to assess hot water issue. They were prompt, efficient and honest in their assessment. Extremely professional and thoroughly communicated their professional opinion. Highly recommend!eva kahanseva kahans ★★★★★ Inner City Plumbing fixed my hot water problem quickly, as well as alerting me to another potential issue in my bathroom. They responded to my initial phone call promptly and arrived at the appointed time, which was great. I will definitely use Inner City Plumbing again as the service was professional and efficient.George PapadopoulosGeorge Papadopoulos ★★★★★ Prompt, professional and very honest. I will continue to use this company and definitely tell family and friends about them. Refreshing to see that customer service still exists. Explained everything thoroughly and answered all my questions. Honestly the best company as far as tradies to work on my extensive renovation. Thanks guys!!John KiriakidisJohn Kiriakidis ★★★★★ Fantastic service received from Inner city plumbing yet again! Prompt call out, reasonable fees & friendly team. Thanks again to Sam & Inner city Plumbing for doing an amazing job!!!Highly recommended!!!!! JohnJSSTEANEJSSTEANE ★★★★★ JSSTEANEJSSTEANE ★★★★★ Fantastic customer service, both over the phone and with plumbers who fixed my gas leak and hot water. Explained the problem and quoted the cost before carrying out any work.Thanks for the help.Highly recommend Inner City PlumbingLouis ClayLouis Clay ★★★★★ Shane was on time, found the problem and fixed it quickly - great service from Inner City Plumbing.Cameron MiltonCameron Milton ★★★★★ Inner City Plumbing were fantastic, everything from booking in the appointment, to the plumbers Jack and Lauchlan turning up on time, giving advice, and honestly working hard, would call them again any day of the week if I or when I need another plumbing problem resolved. I highly recommend themTsets GibbonsTsets Gibbons ★★★★★ David BruceDavid Bruce ★★★★★ Quick, efficient and friendly and most importantly did an excellent job.Nathan ChaniagoNathan Chaniago ★★★★★ Just got off the phone with Inner City Plumbing, where they saved me a few grand. Was looking to get drain grates installed on my roof. I had a previous plumber quote me a suspicious price, so I wanted a second opinion. Called up Inner City where I was redirected to Sam. After some back and forth, he explained that it was something I could easily do myself for a fraction of the cost. They could've easily charged for a visit, but instead just gave me honest and practical advice.Sean SextonSean Sexton ★★★★★ I couldn’t say enough good things about Shane, and Inner City Plumbing. Bang on time, fixed what needed to be fixed and saved me from botching replacing the shower head myself. Chilled, happy to answer questions, his ultra positive early morning vibes got the bathroom back to 100% in next to no time. Thanks so much. Cheers. Sean.Aaron MorrisonAaron Morrison ★★★★★ Inner City Plumbing were absolutely outstanding!! We needed emergency plumbing after the sewer surged back into our wet areas and flooded the floor. They were diligent and thorough, taking care of furnishings and cleaning up after themselves as they went. Extremely professional, pragmatic and very impressed.DarrenDarren ★★★★★ I was having trouble getting plumbers to commit to my job or even just call me back.Inner City Plumbing were quick to respond, came out to quote when they said they would, did the job when they said they would. The result was fantastic and hassle free.Will use them for all future needs.Costa HaraCosta Hara ★★★★★ I called Inner City Plumbing as we had a gas leak. I tried a number of plumbers in our area and no one was available to come out on the same day. Inner City Plumbing had plumber Shane arrive within the hour. Shane was awesome! He let us know the price at every stage. He showed us what needed doing and made sure everything was safe.Happy to recommend these guys. Price was great and the job was completed properly.Kerrie MaherKerrie Maher ★★★★★ Fantastic customer service. Really obliging and well organised. Would definitely recommendTom 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 ★★★★☆ Tab WaymouthTab Waymouth ★★★★★ 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!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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