24th March, 2020

Pipe Relining Brisbane

ostructed, buried and damaged pipes that need relining

Imagine having a broken, leaking, blocked sewer or stormwater drainage pipe to your premises or business that’s buried under gardens or concrete. Getting to this pipe is difficult enough, but now you have to replace it? That’s going to be disruptive.

But, what if you could simply repair this underground damage, without having to dig up and then reinstate everything? It would save so much time and hassle!

Traditionally, fixing drains that are broken in an obstructed areas require a team to dig up the area, remove the pipes and replace them with new sections. As you can imagine, this is not only costly, but also very time consuming and disruptive. A business that needs to replace a buried pipe may need to close their doors for days or even weeks! That’s a lot of lost revenue that you don’t need.

But there is a fast, reliable and cost effective solution.

Pipe relining can repair damaged pipes without the need to excavate trenching the surrounding areas. Using this new technology, broken, cracked and root infected drain pipes can be repaired without the need for invasive digging and replacement. 

How Does Pipe Relining Work?

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it’s not!

If you or your plumber find a broken pipe in your buried, underground or hard-to-reach pipes and determine that it needs to be repaired to prevent further structural and plumbing damage, pipe relining can be your knight in shining armour.

Where do we start?

First comes to inspecting your pipes with CCTV and using a water jetter to clean your pipes. It’s important to have completely grime and dirt free pipes, as well as removing any large obstructions for when the lining is inserted. Using the latest technology in water jetting, these tools are powerful enough to cut through tree roots that could be growing inside your pipes. Then if the pipes are PVC, a Picote drain machine is used to scour the pipe and prepare the surface ready for lining.

Brawoliner pipe relining process Brisbane    

Now that you’ve got your super-clean pipes, you’re ready for relining.

Basically, pipe relining inserts a flexible epoxy resin infused liner into your pipes using air and then set using water temperature and flow. This lines the pipe creating a completely new and watertight pipe within the old one.

Because of its flexibility, the product will seamlessly merge with the existing pipes to create a new and incredibly strong inner pipe.

Insert the flexible epoxy resin infused liner

Set the liner using air and then water temperature & flow

This lines the pipe creating a completely new, watertight pipe within the old one


How Do You Know if You Need Pipe Relining?

To identify a leak or break in your underground pipes, there are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for…

  1. Gurgling sounds of smells in your toilets or sinks could mean a partially blocked pipe caused by a break letting roots in.
  2. Is there an area outside that seems constantly damp or forming sinkholes? This could be a sign of a broken or leaking pipes in that area.
  3. Surcharging waste or water out of grates outside (or inside!) means a complete blockage that needs immediate attention. 

Not only can a hidden broken pipe be smelly and noisy, it can be a very costly venture for your business in other areas if not taken care of ASAP.

Escaping water can mean structural damage to the foundations of your establishment. With excess water, even a slow leak that’s not causing flooding, can cause major damage that will cause a lot of stress.

Additionally, health issues can be caused by leaking pipes. Damage to certain pipes can even mean contamination to your clean drinking water that you serve your customers – which you know will really cost you.

If you’re facing damaged plumbing, we won’t jump straight into pipe relining, but we’ll investigate whether it’s a job for pipe replacement or pipe relining. There are varying costs and benefits for which option we recommend, so we’ll always give you a detailed reason for our recommendations. 

How Emu Plumbing do Pipe Relining

Emu Plumbing are proud to use BRAWOLINER technology for all our relining both inversion and patching. We choose to work with BRAWOLINER because their no-dig rehabilitation was designed for a wide range of diameters and materials. So we can reline almost any type of pipe! BRAWOLINER offers many advantages, one of which is the way the resin is utilised and applied, we find to be far superior to other methods employed by other relining brands.

Pipe relining can save enormous amounts of money compared to what a full pipe excavation and replacement would. Brawoliner’s durability guarantee of 50 years, you can be sure you’re getting the best possible relining solution to serve you well into the future.


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. 


Junction Pipe Relining

If your plumbing has a junction that needs repair in a hard to access spot, we’ll use our junction relining technology to repair the entire fitting with a one-piece liner. Understandably – this makes it harder to quote ‘per meter’ as it’s a custom fitting.

If your junction needs to be relined due to tree roots, then by Australian standards, you’ll need a junction patch installed that covers 300mm past the break, to prevent tree roots regaining access. 


How Much Does Pipe Relining Cost? 

There are a lot of factors that affect the cost of pipe relining, such as access to the pipe, the material it’s made from, the amount of damage and size of the pipe. There are also different pipe relining methods we offer including inversion pipe relining and patch pipe relining. 

All these things will factor into the cost of your pipe relining. Find out more about How Much Pipe Relining Costs


Do you think you may have a broken sewer or
stormwater pipe? 

Give us a call on 07 3358 3201 or get in touch online and we can help you determine where they are, then provide a quote to reline if necessary.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

    Harry S

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