20th August, 2023

Myth Busting the Misconceptions of Pipe Relining

Man inspecting pipe relining opportunities

We’re here to reline pipes and bust myths…and we’re all out of pipes.

Pipe Relining is relatively new on the plumbing and pipe repair scene – so naturally there are a lot of misconceptions flying around. Because pipe relining isn’t super common, and because of the equipment and expertise that’s needed it might not get that mainstream. Unlike other forms of plumbing, it’s not something that’s accessible to all plumbing businesses.

Because of this, the ins and outs aren’t well known in the industry and that’s how myths and rumours start! So let’s bust some pipe relining myths!


Myth 1: It’s Too Expensive

New, innovative technology doesn’t always mean more expensive. Most of the time the point of new tech and innovations is to make things cheaper and easier! And pipe relining is no different. The purpose of this technology is to avoid the most expensive parts of replacing pipes – excavation!

Before pipe relining, if damage occurred underneath foundations or landscaping that meant you had to dig it all up, replace the pipes. And then of course, pay for reinstating those foundations, tiling, pavers, landscaping or anything else that we put above our underground plumbing.

Taking into consideration all the costs of this, pipe relining quotes can look big but when you can repair a damaged pipe in 1 day instead of 1 week – the costs become less as time and reinstatement are taken into account!

Simply put, pipe relining is an efficient, non-invasive way to repair pipes saving time and money.


Myth 2: Pipe Relining Creates an Inferior Pipe

100% myth!

The materials that pipe relining uses; epoxy, resin and silicate, are all incredibly strong and durable. And because the damage is repaired from the inside, this new inner pipe merges seamlessly with the existing pipes – so you don’t need to worry about the new pipes not getting along properly!


Pipe relining process for buried pipes

Myth 3: Pipe Relining is a Temporary Solution

No way! Pipe relining is a permanent solution.

You know those superior materials we just mentioned, these materials also mean that your pipe relining is not temporary.

Pipe relining has been proven to withstand the years, lasting many decades. And to back that up, at Emu we work with pipe relining products that come with a 50 year manufacturer’s guarantee. And we offer a 20 year installation guarantee on all our pipe relining projects!

Now, that is not temporary – Myth Busted!


Myth 4: Pipe Relining Can Fix Anything

Sadly, we do need to bust this myth. As much as we would love for this to be true, it’s not.

While we’re able to repair nearly all damage with pipe relining, and sometimes even re-join pipes that have been separated by damage, pipe relining isn’t a magic fix-all solution, so this isn’t always possible.

The integrity of the pipe needs to remain for the pipe relining material to adhere to. If the damage is too extreme and the existing pipes are completely missing , if we cannot robot cut a way through, then the only option is to replace.

So, please take from this busted myth that it is essential to maintain your plumbing and fix any faults or concerns ASAP. Otherwise, if an issue progresses too far, the dream that is pipe relining, may not work for you.

However, in saying that, you might be surprised at just how busted some of the pipes are that are able to be fixed with pipe relining, which has a broad scope of applications. These exceed the assumed minor cracks and punctures to include: root penetration, chemical deterioration, ageing damages, punctures or cavities made by mechanical activity, faulty pipe installation, corrosion, pipe offsets and damage from soil shifting.


Broken pipe that was fixed with pipe relining

(We were able to fix this pipe with relining by the way!)

Myth 5: Pipe Relining Can Only Fix Small Jobs

Pipe relining not only fixes small pipe breaks, it can also be used to repair long pipes, wide pipes, narrow pipes, branch pipes AND bendy pipes!

Due to the adaptability of pipe relining technology, it creates a huge scope of applications to suit most pipe repair circumstances.

Emu offer 3 types of pipe relining that make this possible:

    • Patch liners that are made for short sections of pipe.
    • Inversion liners that cover longer runs of pipe.
    • Junction liners – junction liners are specialised liners, and installed correctly they repair broken junctions, branches or tree pieces in your drainage pipes. 

Learn more about these pipe relining solutions here.

Now that’s another myth busted!

Now with those 5 busted myths you should feel more confident with pipe relining technology to repair your busted home or business drainage.

If you have any other myths you need busting or questions give us a call on 07 3358 3201 or request a quote online!


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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.

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    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.

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    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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