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Plumbers in Christchurch

Christchurch became a city way back in 1856, making it officially the oldest city in New Zealand.

As you would expect with any old city, Christchurch has undergone its fair share of development and refurbishment. Most notably of course after the horrific 2011 earthquakes that left the city as well as suburbs such as Lyttelton, Sumner, and Redcliffs with extensive damage.

It takes many years for a city to recover from such tragic events and with the recent completions of the new Tait communications hub and also the crown building, there is definitely no sign of Christchurch’s construction industry slowing down any time soon. 

Christchurch Plumbers

With so much construction and redevelopment going on around chch and its surrounding suburbs it’s no wonder that of course plumbers are in high demand at the moment. 

Jobs plumbers regularly do will include:

- Fixing blocked or burst water pipes
- Rectifying bathroom drainage issues
- Fixing dripping taps
- Help with waste disposal systems
- Opening up walls and floor for piping
- Repairing water heaters
- and of course even finding that engagement ring you accidently dropped down the sink! 

You may perform only minimal tasks around the home such as installing a dishwashers and changing taps and seal, everything else by law requires a plumber.

If you’re looking to hire the services of a plumber in Christchurch the average cost of a plumber is $90 per hour (the highest in New Zealand). Of course you will be able to find professionals either side of this bracket. 

Finding the right plumber

With this in mind, you want to make sure that you’re getting not only someone that is qualified and licensed to carry out plumbing in New Zealand but also, and most importantly – the very best person for the job. All plumbers legally require certification, after undertaking a 4 year study course, so make sure to ask for their card to verify.

In the past, if you had quite a specific plumbing task that needed fixing often you could be trawling through the phone book getting ridiculous quotes or people coming out to your house or business only to say that “it can’t be done” for the price you’re looking to spend.

Luckily there is now Builderscrack, your one-stop shop for finding the right plumber for any job that you need done. All you have to do is post what you want done online and the area you live in and plumbers will apply for the job. The next step is the fun part, you get to see their previous reviews, references and, of course, compare prices and quotes.

This will assure you get the best person for the job - at the best price.

Your guide to Plumbing in Christchurch

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Bathroom Renovation Cost & Getting Started

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Green Plumbing - Just How Affordable & Environmentally Friendly Is It?

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Reviews of Christchurch Plumbers

Fix underfloor drain leak

14th November 2017

“Greg arrived on site, we spent about 15 minutes and found the problem and then he came by the next day and fixed the drain in a pretty hard space to access. Came home in the evening and everything was working again.

Can't fault Greg's friendly customer manner, rapid communications, focus on outcomes and value for money. Highly recommended will definitely use OK Plumb again.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator


“Excellent service, very good at communication and great price. Thank you.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Gas check

15th May 2018

“We had a difference of opinion about the cost, but this was resolved to my entire satisfaction. The work done was excellent.”

Work carried out by an employee of the company

Reply: “Cheers for the positive review”

Move a gas bottle

18th July 2017

“Excellent all round, thanks Ben!
The communication was quick, the quote was competitive, Ben showed up on time and completed the work to a good standard.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Easy to deal with, Paid bill by due date.

Would recommend to future contractors”

Gutter repair

21st May 2018

“Great work.Fast and efficient.Thank you.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Thanks”


“thanks for the prompt service.”

Recent jobs posted in Christchurch

I am looking for somebody to plumb in a dishwasher. There is space for a dishwasher but the under sink cupboard will need to be drilled for the pipe work and there needs to be water and waste plumbing.

We have had a water stain appear on our hallway ceiling - not sure if it’s coming from a pipe in the ceiling or a roof leak though. Need someone to come & investigate for us asap. Insurance job.

New laundry tub (already purchased) installed in new location in the laundry. The current tub is under the window, the new tub will go in the left hand corner next to the washing machine (see photos). Gib is off and…

Hi there I need a plumber for a couple of small jobs for a Residential property in Halswell. I have a Topliss Shower mixer that is dripping (pic attached). I have a Laundry tub that is leaking near the S-Bend. Really…

10 year old house. Existing toilet end of life. We wish to replace with a Robertson Ellisse II Overheight model which either we or contractor can supply. Scope of works includes: Removal of existing pan and cistern.…

Our Dux toilet ball cock valve isn't shutting off, so overflow keeps running into toilet bowl, would love it to be fixed, thanks.

I just noticed that the wallpaper behind my toilet cistern has a bubble that is full with water. I assume that there is a leak somewhere.

Flush on the toilet snapped off and is broken. The piece of plastic that connects to the part that makes it flush has broken off. We need to know if this can be fixed or do we need to replace the whole…

I need a dishwasher installed in my kitchen. I think some holes will need ot be drilled in the cupboard and perhaps the pipe leading from the tap will need to be replaced.

My kitchen ceiling has a water stain, so my wife try to clear it but was cracked like biscuit. I guess water is leaking from bathroom right upon kitchen. I need somebody to fix this soon. Thanks.

Last few days got water mixer in shower has not been pushing hot water out only warm. Taps temp is hot Can you quote - thanks

Doing a tiled shower refurb/ repair. Need a qualified plumber to: Take off shower fittings Potentially move the drain to centre it so we can install strip drain Reconnect shower flange

Old Laundry Tub that I would like removed, disposed of and replaced. Dimensions are Width 500mm Height 860mm Depth 560mm You will see from the photos that existing tub is recessed under the splash back so I’m…

Need to move outside tap 50cm higher to make way for a new deck we're building. (Photos attached).

Hill section. Some water going under house. Looking for a simple solution!