About Tonkin Plumbing Company

Plumbing Company in Riverside CA

Our History

Tonkin Plumbing’s roots were originally from New Zealand.  Both Phillip Tonkin and Terry Swney finished their five year apprenticeships under the same mentor and company in the small town of Matamata, or better now known as Hobbiton.

Over 40 years ago Phillip moved to California and worked for a small plumbing company in Moreno Valley – Rancho Plumbing.

In 1987 Phillip branched out and opened Tonkin Plumbing solo with only 1 plumbing truck, 1 plumber and Tonkin Plumbing was formed.

In 1992, Terry moved to California and a partnership was formed creating Tonkin Plumbing Incorporated.  Over the years, Tonkin Plumbing has grown into a successful family oriented company that is thankful for its customer service oriented employees, their professional attitude and more importantly our customers.

In 2017 Phillip retired from the plumbing industry and the business continues under the leadership of Terry who is extremely proud of our crew that work hard along side of Terry in the running of everyday operations.

Located off the 91/215/60 freeway interchange, Tonkin Plumbing is here to continue to exceed your plumbing expectations!

Our Team

Learn more about our staff and technicians.

Our Mission

  • To provide exceptional service to our customers by providing timely service with well trained professional staff
  • To build a strong positive image for the plumbing industry by promoting a well organized business with first-class personnel
  • To provide a safe and positive place of employment for all the associates of the company. Promoting training and further education for all
  • To provide a first class plumbing service with quality and reasonable prices.


by Kenne James on Tonkin Plumbing
Honest, Reliable and Top Quality

I have used Tonkin Plumbing several times over the past 10 years for major remodel projects at my home as well as simple drain clean outs. Every time they have delivered on their commitments with top quality results. In addition, they take great care to keep the work area clean and minimize any mess, cleaning up so you would not know they were ever there. Having worked with Phil, Terry and several of their team, every one of them is very honest, knowledgeable and will explain anything or answer any questions at any time. My experience as a customer rebuilding an older home using Tonkin Plumbing has always been excellent. Top quality work and great guys who care about what they do.
I highly recommend them.

by E. Hinton on Tonkin Plumbing
Great Job

Tonkin Plumbing - Quick response - honored their quote. Very reasonable. When the workers arrived on time - they were very hard working and respectful. Great job!!!!!!!! We have finally found a friendly, reliable, reasonable and awesome Plumber in the Riverside area. Would recommend them to anyone looking for some work to be done.