21st May, 2022

Sewer and Stormwater Pipe Relining vs Replacement

Sewer and stormwater relining with Emu


Our stormwater and sewer drains work hard (especially recently!) and as a result damage can happen. And when that damage happens they need to be repaired efficiently so they are back in working order as quickly as possible.

The thought of repairing these types of plumbing systems can be daunting. But you’ll be happy to know that at Emu, we repair, replace and reline sewer and stormwater drains regularly. We are proud to provide the best possible solutions available, for relining or replacing damaged drains.

How do you know your Sewer or Stormwater Drains are Damaged?

First thing’s first – we need to determine if there’s damage. If you’re noticing any of the following it could be a sign of a leak or damage:

  • Slow drainage
  • Sewer backups and blockages
  • Cracked concrete or paving
  • Recurring puddles and mud patches
  • Signs of building movement or softening ground around your foundations
  • Recurring mould problems in the same areas
  • Patches of lawn that are extra lush with growth

If you’re experiencing any of the above, it’s recommended to call in the experts to do an inspection.

Using the latest in CCTV drain inspection and water jetting technology we can see exactly what’s going on inside your pipes and clear out the debris for visibility within the system.

With your pipes clean and clear, we’ll be able to determine what has caused damage and exactly where it is within the plumbing system. Once we have this information we’ll know whether it’s best to reline or repair and give you everything you need to know to make the best decision for you.


We cannot fault Tony and the team at Emu Plumbing. We had a very complex reline of a long combined sewer that had plagued us for decades. Emu 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 without reservation.

– Alan & Lesley C


Pipe Relining for your Sewer and Stormwater Drains

Damage to buried and underground pipes can be tricky, and can often be found underneath driveways, buildings or landscaping. Which can turn into a big job! That’s where pipe relining comes in.

Pipe relining repairs damaged lengths of pipe using the latest in relining technology. We use a liner of woven fabric impregnated with silicate or epoxy resin to create a completely new and incredibly strong inner pipe that will permanently bonded to the existing pipe.

We’ll recommend pipe relining when…

  • Your pipes are very deep – excavating very deep can be dangerous and expensive!
  • Your pipes are awkwardly positioned – When the damage occurs underneath driveways, landscaping or foundations the last thing anyone wants to do is cut all that up, excavate and then reinstate it all again! This can be a costly and time consuming process.

  • The damage is positioned down an embankment – sometimes getting in heavy machinery to excavate can be nearly impossible! In tough to reach areas, down slopes and underneath retaining walls etc.


I called Emu Plumbing to fix a broken pipe that was causing my stormwater to flood my neighbour’s yard. They came out, fixed a problem, when it was discovered that there was another issue they fixed it at no charge. Great to see a company these days taking responsibility for their workmanship.

Thank you Tony and the team!

– Chris M


Replacing your Sewer and Stormwater Drains

Replacing your stormwater and sewer sometimes can be the right choice for your situation (as much as we love getting our pipe relining tools out!)

We’ll recommend a replacement when…

  • The pipes have severe damage – for relining your stormwater and sewer drains to work, the original pipe, either side of the break, needs to be relatively in-alignment. If the damage is too severe and out of alignment, relining this section may not be possible.
  • The damage is easily accessible – for pipes that are close to the surface and easy to access, sometimes it is quicker to simply dig up and replace them. We aim to provide the most suitable repair for the situation at hand.
  • There are extremely dense roots, debris or concrete blockages – if your pipes are so badly blocked that clearing it will be cost prohibitive, then replacing those areas will often be the best option.


For professional stormwater and sewer pipe repairs, get in touch with the professionals.

Request a quote online or give us a call on 07 3358 3201.

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Based on 61 reviews
  • “Well organised, efficient and competitively priced.”

    Have been using Tony Bonehill & his team from Emu Plumbing for a number of years and have no hesitation in recommending them for all types of plumbing works. I manage a large property portfolio, and I need to be able to rely on my tradespeople, and I never have to second guess using Emu Plumbing. They are well organised, efficient & competitively priced!

    Toni J
  • “Quick, knowledgeable and competitive on price.”

    I have been in this industry now for more than 25 years across a number of different venues and was introduced to Tony and his team by another friend that owns and runs a restaurant in Brisbane. For more than the last five years he has been one of our top trade contacts, and I would recommend Emu to anyone that is interested in getting the job done right the first time.

    They are always on time, and they are clean and tidy workers (which is essential in a commercial kitchen). They clean up, take photos of the work completed and are always happy to do a quick site check to see if anything else may need attention in the future. Quick, knowledgeable and competitive on price.

    Nick P, Malt Group
  • “High standard of service and prompt response.”

    I would highly recommend Emu Plumbing to any Strata Scheme looking for an outstanding Maintenance Plumber. Their expertise, high standard of service and prompt response is why I have continued to use Emu Plumbing for all our plumbing issues.

    John T, AD Body Corporate
  • “Efficient processes, quality workmanship and quick turnaround.”

    Efficient processes, quality workmanship and quick turnaround, is why we at Sikorsky Helitech, a Lockheed Martin company, choose Emu Plumbing for all our plumbing services. In the Commercial world, downtime means money, so it is very important to our company that we have trades that understand an urgent “Call to Action” like Emu Plumbing.

    Paul C, Sikorsky Helitech
  • “Emu plumbing is the market leader”

    Precision Aviation Group Australia uses Emu Plumbing for all plumbing and gas fitting requirements that arise on site.

    Tony and his team leave no stone unturned in their support of our needs. They go above and beyond to ensure that the time frames and quality of the work are to the highest level and they continue with the customer comes first attitude when the work is complete. For any commercial plumbing or gas fitting requirements, Emu plumbing is the market leader.

    Chris S, Precision Aviation
  • “The best plumbers I have worked with, they never let me down.”

    I have worked with Tony and the Emu Plumbing Team over nearly 4 years. The level of professionalism, and most importantly honesty and integrity that the Team delivers every day is outstanding. Tony is always available for advice over the phone to our Tenants and Landlords.

    I would recommend Tony and the Emu Team as the best plumbers I have worked with, and they have never let me down. Now that is something that is hard to find!

    Stephanie C
  • “Very happy to recommend Emu Plumbing”

    I have had the pleasure of using Emu Plumbing several times. On all occasions they have been very helpful, informative and prompt, with their advice and service. The work they have carried out has always been completed reliably as promised and very professionally. Very happy to recommend Emu Plumbing.

    Ian D
  • “I have no hesitation in recommending the Emu Plumbing team.”

    A huge thank you to Tony, Al and Bryce for helping us get Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen up and running! You’ve been incredible, and we’re very appreciative of your efforts, which went above and beyond the norm on many occasions. We used lots of second-hand and re-purposed items during our fit-out, and nothing was straightforward – but nothing was ever a problem for the boys. I have no hesitation in recommending the Emu Plumbing team, and am glad they’re part of ours.


    Ben B, Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen
  • “Fast responses, extremely polite, and honest work”

    The team at Emu plumbing never fail to impress. Tony, Niles, Eli and Joseph are all beyond excellent in their work. Fast responses, extremely polite, and honest work. They’re very thorough and take time to explain situations to make sure everyone understands what is being done and why, they hold a great attention to detail and always clean up after themselves. I can’t recommend Emu enough.

    Thank you guys!

    Airport Hacienda Motel
  • “Prompt and excellent service!”

    I moved into a new unit to find no water was flowing through the pipes. My property manager sent Eric from Emu Plumbing who fixed the matter quickly.

    Someone turned off my water supply last night as water from my unit was leaking downstairs into the foyer! Along came Eric who again fixed the problem of my laundry taps and he even left ‘who gives a crap’ toilet paper. Fantastic!!

    Prompt and excellent service from your company – Eric was polite and efficient.

    Ronda D, Property Managed by Place New Farm
  • “The whole process from the quoting and booking to the completion of the job was effortless”

    Had the guys out doing storm water pipes for my new shed. 
    Very knowledgeable guys who did a great job. The whole process from the quoting and booking to the completion of the job was effortless!! Fantastic team. Highly recommended!

    Brad S
  • “They did a very thorough, excellent job, with photographic evidence, were very reasonably priced and very professional”

    I needed to call an emergency plumber on a Saturday afternoon for issues at the office where I work in Kingsford Smith Drive in Eagle Farm. I called two local after-hours plumbers without success. Emu answered on the first ring although already busy with a job down the road. They estimated they would be finished with the current job and would be at the office by 4.30 pm which they were. They did a very thorough, excellent job, with photographic evidence, were very reasonably priced and very professional/ I would highly recommend them and use their services again without hesitation.

    Teresa S, Odyssey Gaming
  • “Will use you guys again for sure”

    Very happy with your service and the work done…  will use you guys again for sure.

    Wayne W, Equipment Finance and Leasing
  • “I would recommend”

    Efficient, reliable and friendly service. I would recommend Emu plumbing!
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Chris A, Waterstop Solutions QLD
  • “The boys deserve some high praise”

    I just wanted to let you know what a good job your young lads did. We’re very happy with the result. The boys deserve some high praise – so efficient, thoughtful, pleasant and a work ethic to be treasured.

    Betty M
  • “Absolutely amazing and very helpful”

    We were in a situation where we needed a gas technician to come and assess if there was a gas leak at our property where a previous technician has disconnected our gas cylinder and therefore had no gas for hot showers etc. The team at Emu were absolutely amazing and very helpful when I rang them and told them about our situation. A technician was organised to come out and he managed to fix the problem.

    It’s nice to know that humanity still exists and that they helped as soon as they could, at a reasonable price too! A huge Thank You to the great team at Emu (Shakira, Nials and Tony), we will definitely recommend your business to others as well!

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Szandra P
  • “We really appreciate the way he went about his business before, during and especially after”

    Today we had Tyler from Emu Plumbing come out to our address in Coorparoo. He was courteous, helpful and fixed our issue without to much fuss.

    But what impressed us the most is the fact he cleaned up the mess created and went the extra yard to leave our site spotless. We really appreciate the way he went about his business before, during and especially after.

    Later that night, we had the guys from Urban Utilities to fix up the issue in the mains. They even commented on how the plumber cleaned. Thanks Tyler!

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Tony W

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