10th March, 2023

How Much Does Pipe Relining Cost in 2023?

Brawoliner pipe relining

Everyone knows that major plumbing works always comes with a price tag – sometimes one that’s large and can be quite invasive! The reality is, that the benefits will far outweigh having faulty plumbing! 

You do have an option of HOW you get something fixed which can drastically impact how much you pay and how much disruption to your business you can expect. 

Jump straight to pricing


What is Pipe Relining?

If you’ve got a broken or damaged pipe that’s buried or obstructed in some way, common practice states you’ll need to dig up the entire area to replace that part of pipe. 

Pipe relining brings plumbing out of the dark ages and into the 21st century using modern technology to simply reline the interior of the pipes. You may consider this to be a temporary solution until you can afford something more permanent. But that’s not the case at all. 

Modern pipe relining technology supplied by our partner, BRAWOLINER provides some of the best liners on the market. We insert a liner into your pipe, fuse it with epoxy resin to essentially create a new pipe within the damaged area that’s as strong as an entirely new pipe. 

How Pipe Relining Works

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it’s not. This is the latest technology in plumbing that can be very quick and very clean – particularly compared to alternative methods of repairing damaged and obstructed pipes. 

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Brawoliner pipe relining process - water jetting to clear pipes Cleared pipes ready for pipe relining process First step for pipe relining - injecting resin
  1. We start by locating the block or damage and how it’s been caused. This way we can fully scope the project so we know the best way to fix it.

  2. We use the most appropriate technology to completely clean out your pipes of any dirt or blockages. Our water jetters are so strong that they can even cut out roots that could be growing inside your plumbing! We also have manual cutting machines to grind or scour pipes.

  3. Now the fun part. Once your pipes are squeaky clean, we insert the flexible and epoxy resin-infused liner into the pipes using air and water to set them in place. The liner creates a completely new and watertight pipe within the old one. 

This can all be done completely above ground with only minor disruption to your site. 

Is all this technology sounding a little expensive? Let’s take a look at your alternative options. 

What is the Alternative to Pipe Relining? 

When a pipe is obstructed and needs to be repaired or replaced, the most common method is to start with an excavation of the surrounding area. This gives your plumbing team physical access and the ability to remove the portion of damaged pipe and replace with a new section. 

While this option may seem just as easy and can sometimes be cheaper – it’s likely to cause far more destruction along the way. 

If the issue with your pipe is under a footpath, driveway or other structure, you’ll have to break through that foundation to get the ground underneath to dig up the pipe. And then you’ll need to replace it again.

So what may seem like a quick and easy dig and replace, becomes a long and expensive excavation and re-build. Not only does this type of event hurt your hip pocket, but it means your business will need to close down while it’s happening. So your bottom line will be affected by loss of business during that period – not to mention regulars who may find themselves another business and never return. 

Can you really afford this option? 

Pipe relining on the other hand, can be completed within a day or two, without any excavation, saving you bundles!

What Affects the Cost of Pipe Relining? 

So you’ve decided that pipe relining is the best way to go – but there are quite a number of variables in place when it comes to getting started. 

When we’re quoting on a relining job, we need to look at the number of factors to make the final call. The key variables that can affect the cost are: 

  • Access to the pipe 
  • The diameter and length of pipe 
  • Material your pipe is made out of 
  • How many breaks and their lengths 

Pipe Relining Methods

At Emu Plumbing, we use two methods of pipe relining; inversion and patch. Based on an assessment of your situation, we’ll determine the most appropriate method to get you the best results (this could also mean a combination of dig-up repairs for those easier-to-access problems).

  • Inversion Pipe Relining
    This is the way that we reline sewer, stormwater and other types of pipes in long sections over approximately 3m in length – this is a single, seamless liner. These epoxy resin infused liners are inserted into the drain using an inversion drum along with air pressure. 
  • Patch Pipe Relining
    This is a sectional method of pipe relining – and can be more cost effective when there is only a single or few areas that need to be repaired along a pipe that’s otherwise in good working order. These silicate resin infused patches are installed to fix the affected areas. So if you’ve only got one, two or a few cracks, this could be your best option. 

Pipe Relining Pricing Estimate

This is only a guide to help you understand the starting price based on standard 90/100mm stormwater and sewer pipes (larger pipes will incur higher costs). We’ll need to complete a full assessment of the area and the issue before confirming price of works. The actual price will depend on many factors, but we’ll always give you a complete cost before any work begins! 

Pipe Relining Pricing Estimate

Depending on the factors above (and possibly more), your pipe relining could start from around $2,100 for the first metre and $660 per metre after. 


Along with the actual relining itself, there are some other costs that could be involved, such as: 

  • Access to the pipes may involve a small amount of cutting or digging 
  • Re-building pipe connections after relining in PVC pipes 

Get Peace of Mind with Emu Pipe Relining 

We’re confident in our product and our service, and we’ll know when pipe relining is the best option for you. But if you’re unsure about the strength or pipe relining, look no further than our 20 Year Installation Guarantee.  

We know that pipe relining is strong enough to last you many years and we’re proud to offer a 20 Year Guarantee on all of our pipe relining workmanship. And if that’s not good enough. BRAWOLINER offer a 50 Year Guarantee on their product – so you can be sure it’s going to stand the test of time. 

With modern technology at work, and guarantees in place for your peace of mind, you can know that you’ll be making the right choice with Emu Plumbing’s pipe relining services. 

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  • “Emu Plumbing used latest technology combined with their considerable experience to creatively problem solve”

    We cannot fault Tony and the team at Emu Plumbing. We had a very complex reline of a long combine sewer that had plagued us for decades. Emu Plumbing used latest technology combined with their considerable experience to creatively problem solve over four days of hard yakka. It was over 36 degrees! The team were professional, courteous and went the extra mile to do the job. After three days on site they left the place clean and tidy as if they were never there. We would recommend Emu Plumbing without reservation.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Alan and Lesley C
  • “Thank you so much for a hassle free pipe repair”

    Emu plumbing were the most prompt and competitive in pricing for an under slab pipe repair; which a few other companies actually declined as it was quite a complicated job. Tony from Emu Plumbing attended site with a “can do” attitude and completed the job after a long and tough day. I returned home to find the work area spotless. Thoroughly recommend Emu plumbing. Thank you so much for a hassle free pipe repair.
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Jason G
  • “Tony from Emu plumbing restored my faith in people.”

    Tony from Emu plumbing restored my faith in people. I contacted him after being quoted $13K to fix our sewer line by another company. Tony spent time with me on the phone going through all possible options to address this issue more economically. He then offered to come and inspect the sewer line at no cost. It turned out we did not have to do anything. Tony has found in us a client for life instead of a quick buck. We would be recommending him to all our friends and family.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Tim C
  • “I am, and will continue to recommend Emu Plumbing for any re-line and general plumbing work.”


    We had a particularly tricky job on a site with extremely difficult access. Tony and Niles quickly investigated and set forward to fix the issue. When plan A didn’t go exactly to plan Tony took full control and delivered a brilliant outcome. He arranged machine access through our fully landscaped property, went over and above to ensure the problem was fixed, and left our property almost as he found it. I am, and will continue to recommend Emu Plumbing for any re-line and general plumbing work. Their customer service second to none.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Mark M, Cooper Property Group
  • “The team arrived on time and completed their work with obvious care and skill”

    We are extremely happy with the work of the team.  Alistair, Niall and Tye arrived on time and completed their work with obvious care and skill.  They were happy to show us the progression of the work and left the site clean and tidy.  Also, The guy who did the initial inspection and quote displayed similar professionalism (sorry I didn’t remember his name).  They are all a credit to your firm.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    B & J Hancock
  • “In a league of your own! ”

    Both Iréna and I wish to convey our most sincere thanks for you and your team’s swift and professional resolution to our recent plumbing challenges. We could not praise Alistair and Niles more highly for their incredible technical capabilities, their client focus and their well developed interpersonal and communication skills.

    It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with such a progressive organization as Emu Plumbing. What this rather long-running issue that we have been grappling with over several years, and having engaged numerous other “so-called plumbing professionals”, has proven to us is that there are plumbers and then there is your team….in a league of your own!

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Richard G
  • “Honest and upfront on saving me money”

    Professional and polite tradesmen. Honest and upfront on saving me money by suggesting alternative solution (dig up ended up being cheaper than reline). Will definitely use them again in future.

    I was impressed with them providing photos of the job as it progressed all packaged up.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Alex W
  • “Definitely will be using Emu again!”

    Great detailed information on the drain inspection report! Definitely will be using Emu again.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Luke S, Go Green Solutions
  • “Do yourself a favour and call them!”

    Tony and the team at Emu Plumbing are amazing! Emergency sewer issue – no problem. His team leader, Niles, turned up the next day. Friendly, approachable, great communication, knowledgeable and hard working. Caved in sewer line was jetted to clean & clear, patch inserted and cured, in the end a hard clean clear pipe – like new. Problem fixed same day, and at a very fair price. I can’t recommend this company enough. Do yourself a favour and call them!

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Andrew H
  • “Professional, responsive, competitively priced”

    Highly recommend these guys.
    Professional, responsive, competitively priced and were very thorough in their investigations and repair. The team worked tirelessly all day, went the extra mile and stuck by their quote on job completion. I will definitely use Emu Plumbing again.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Adam L
  • “Great to see a company these days taking responsibility for they workmanship.”

    I called Emu Plumbing to fix a broken pipe that was causing my stormwater to flood my neighbours yard.
    They came out, fix a problem, when it was discovered that there was another issue they fixed it no charge. Great to see a company these days taking responsibility for they workmanship. Thank you Tony and the team!

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Chris M
  • “Fast, responsive, knowledgeable and honest”

    Tony and team were excellent – fast, responsive, knowledgeable and honest – what more could you ask for in a tradie. Definitely recommend, and will use them again.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Ted B
  • “Emu Plumbing won't let you down”

    If you are reading these reviews, trying to find an honest and reliable team, Emu Plumbing won’t let you down.

    Tony and his team are brilliant, they cleared and patched a severely broken storm water pipe under our carport. Niles & Jason were on time, professional and left the site clean and tidy. Can’t recommend highly enough!

    Thanks Tony & Emu team! 

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Harry S
  • “Team rectified the broken pipes and relined them to an extremly high standard on time and on budget.”

    Tony and the Emu team repaired and relined some underslab pipes that had stakes put through it on a new build. Tony was very responsive and even worked with me on potential fixes for other issues that I had. His team rectified the broken pipes and relined them to an extremly high standard on time and on budget.

    Tony provided before and after photos which was great and provided excellent reassurance that the work had been completed as required. Would not hesitate to use Emu plumbing again and even my builder has saved Emu’s details as he was unaware this type of repair was possible.

    Would recommend to anyone for prompt and profressional service.

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Dan S
  • “The Emu team arrived, promptly commenced work, and completed it with a friendly and approachable professionalism over 7 hours”

    Our plumbers had recommended Emu Plumbing as the best in the relining business. The Emu team arrived, promptly commenced work, and completed it with a friendly and approachable professionalism over 7 hours. Their quote was competitive, detailed and inclusive of explanation on how the process would be undertaken without excavation, allowing us to feel comfortable from the get-go.

    The work was to repair and reline our main stormwater line under our concrete house slab, their investigation found damage had occurred during the concrete pour some 25 years prior. Luckily, we’d not had significant issues during these years, just a slow build-up in hefty storms. With our job successfully completed, we now feel assured that we can handle any stormwater that comes our way….. good work, Tony and the Emu team.

    Steffen P

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