16th March, 2020

What is CCTV Pipe Inspection & How Does it Work?

CCTV pipe inspection of roots growing in pipe

Have you ever noticed how often the most important things are often unseen? Well, plumbing is no different! The health of your underground stormwater and sewer lines make a difference to your life that you wouldn’t even imagine.

No indoor plumbing? No thank you!

If the pipes and drainage at your home wasn’t working properly, sooner rather than later, you’d know it. And then you’d really know just how important those pipes are not only to your lifestyle, but your own health and happiness. 

So when something goes wrong underground, in the pipes you can’t see, you’ll need to call in the experts with all the right tools to solve any issue that comes their way. And more often than not these days, those tools involve more technology than ever before.

What is CCTV camera inspection and how does it work?

We don’t have x-ray vision. But with CCTV pipe inspection, you’ll think we do! In a nutshell, a CCTV pipe inspection is when a camera is inserted into a pipe through the drain to look for any blockages or pipe damage that’s causing your plumbing headaches. These CCTV cameras give us a look at all those buried pipes that we simply don’t have access to.

Our cameras are made with a small camera lens and a bright LED light on the end of a flexible push rod that lets us inspect bends and turns and go wherever the pipes go. We simply insert our camera through the nearest drain and push it (gently) through the pipes until we see what we’re looking for, or reach a blockage that we can go past.

The high quality camera sends a clear and coloured image to our monitor so we can easily see what the problem is with great accuracy. This removes any guesswork and confusion about what’s going on in your pipes while providing no damage.

The 2 types of Ridgid seesnake cameras we use for CCTV drain inspections

The 2 types of Ridgid seesnake cameras we use for CCTV drain inspections

The Versa Monitor we use to see what’s going on!

When we use CCTV pipe inspection technology, we can learn…

    • the condition of the interior and infrastructure wall surface of the pipe
    • the exact locations of blockages and damage
    • what’s caused the plumbing issues
    • how the pipe has been installed and fitted – where the junctions and bends are in the network
    • how we can access the pipe from other points
    • exactly what the pipes are – their width, length and what they’re made from

As you can see, we can learn so much more from getting inside “whole plumbing systems” than we can from simply looking at a section of uncovered or excavated pipe work.

Check out our article to learn even more reasons for why we LOVE inspecting pipes with CCTV technology.

What are the benefits of inspecting pipes with Emu Plumbing’s CCTV Pipe Inspection?

There are so many reasons that using CCTV is the best way to inspect plumbing issues. Some are obvious, but there are also a lot of reasons that you may not have even considered.

    • It’s so quick and easy! At Emu Plumbing, we have the capacity to inspect your pipes and diagnose the cause of any issues on the spot. This means that we can start rolling out repair plans immediately.
    • Completely non-destructive – our cameras get into the pipes through a drain, so there’s no digging involved.
    • CCTV pipe inspections provide a high level of accuracy when diagnosing plumbing problems that simply can’t be done in any other way.
    • It’s cheaper than the alternative – which is digging or guessing. Getting in excavators and digging blindly is not only time consuming, it’s expensive! (not to mention the cost of rehabilitation.
    • It’s a sustainable practice. Our cameras are high quality and don’t use a lot of power, they don’t need to be regularly replaced and there’s no need for big, carbon-producing machinery.

Emu Plumbing are Brisbane’s experienced commercial plumbers, working with businesses and teaming up with other trades we recommend, to resolve even the toughest plumbing problems.

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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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