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What is Pipe Relining and How Does it Work for Strata Properties?

Pipe relining is an efficient method to rehabilitate impaired pipes without the need for expensive and disruptive excavation. It involves inserting a resin-coated liner into the existing pipe which then hardens, effectively creating a 'pipe within a pipe’, as if it had been designed anew.

Our pipe relining services offer substantial advantages for your strata property, fostering the repair of communal plumbing networks while causing minimal upset to residents. Access is only required via existing drainage points, so there is no damage to walls or ceilings.

The no dig pipe relining process involves the following key steps:

  1. A CCTV drain camera inspection identifies any damaged sections of drain pipe.
  2. The pipe is thoroughly cleaned to prepare the surface.
  3. A felt liner, coupled with a robust epoxy lining, is inserted into the pipe and carefully inflated to fit against the internal surface snugly.
  4. UV light is used to rapidly cure and harden the resin in 1-2 hours.

Upon completion, the reconditioned pipe regains optimal flow rates, with a guarantee of full functionality. As a permanent solution, we make sure, with no hidden caveats, no matter the scope of damage, it comes with long term guarantees up to 50 years.

For your strata building, our reliable strata plumber will take care any uncertainties regarding your pipe repair responsibilities, especially when the damage occurs within or around your common property areas. Our plumbing service accurately identifies the source of plumbing problems with camera inspections, providing advice and a complimentary quote. Assuredly, there’s no job too expansive or intricate for us; We stand ready, ensuring we don’t overlook any detail, to repair broken sections and assist strata owners and managers with insurance claims and coordination with committees to ensure punctual repair execution.

The Process of Getting Strata Approval for Pipe Relining

Obtaining strata approval for pipe relining involves several key steps:

  1. Have a dialogue with the strata manager and express the need to carry out CCTV drain camera inspections to unravel any relining needs within the pipework.
  2. Present detailed proposals outlining the relining work required, costs involved and benefits of this trenchless repair method.
  3. Participate in strata meetings to detail the proposals and provide answers, emphasising how repairs will ensure minimal disruption for the inhabitants.
  4. Furnish assessments from professional plumber Sydney experts to ascertain the exact location and severity of the damage.
  5. Submit all documentation to the corporation responsible, the owner’s corporation, for review and approval votes as per the strata scheme’s by-laws.
  6. Once consensus is reached, contracts can be signed authorising commencement of the pipe relining repairs.
  7. Carry out all work as outlined in the approved proposals, working closely with strata management throughout.
  8. Provide warranty certificates upon completion to guarantee the quality of the repair work conducted within common areas.

Securing strata approval is dependent on clear communication throughout the process. Our strata plumbing team guides clients through each phase, ensuring compliance and efficient resolution of plumbing repairs with the owners’ corporation’s consent.

Determining Responsibility for Plumbing Issues in Strata

Determining responsibility for repairing a damaged pipe in strata title properties can be complicated as pipes can traverse both individual lots and common property areas.

It is critical for the resolution of any plumbing issues to assess the strata plan and bylaws, so as to ascertain where problematic pipe sections are located and the ensuing obligations for maintenance and repair costs, making it out as if it were in your own home.

Typically, it is the responsibility of a lot owner to address any issues your home may have within ceilings, walls, and flooring, such as leaking taps or burst pipes. The entity of the owners’ corporation might indeed submit insurance claim paperwork concerning common property accountability, which includes the maintenance of shared pipework such as mains water supply and sewer stormwater systems.

Similarly, your building may face disruptions if a blocked drain is caused by root incursion beneath the foundation.

We assist with detailed camera inspections, guiding you through each step to resolve plumbing issues, identifying problems such as deteriorated pipes, and providing clear advice on insurance claims and liability. Our team works with property managers and strata owners, taking care all the while to establish responsibility fairly, promptly tackling exactly what plumbing concerns you may have.

Preventative Measures to Avoid Major Plumbing Issues

There are several key preventative measures strata properties can implement to help avoid major plumbing issues:

Conduct Regular CCTV Drain Inspections

Regular CCTV drain camera inspections help identify pipework problems before they become more serious. Things like cracks, blockages, root invasion into the sewer line can all be clearly spotted and remediated promptly.

Control Pest Plants and Tree Roots

Invasive tree roots are a common cause of plumbing issues in strata complexes. Removing pest plant species and implementing root barriers during landscaping can prevent root overgrowth and damage to pipework.

Install Overflow Alarms

Conduct Annual Plumbing Checks

Conducting meticulous inspections and maintenance of your plumbing system annually will pinpoint nascent issues. Steps such as resolving drips, stabilising pipes, and carrying out pipe repair activities, like swapping out old washers, enhance the durability of plumbing systems.

Implementing such preventative plumbing practises minimises the risk of major leaks, bursts, or the need for urgent call out responses due to system failures. Our team of professional plumbers is committed to delivering superior service quality, providing expert guidance on preventive maintenance to avoid costly emergencies.

The Costs and Benefits of Pipe Relining vs Replacement

Confronted with broken pipes can be a real headache, strata schemes face a decision: to opt for a solution like pipe relining or proceed with a complete pipe replacement. Both options come with different cost implications and benefits.

Pipe Replacement

Replacing pipes is highly disruptive as it requires breaking open walls, floors and ceilings to access pipework. This damage must then be repaired at added expense.

The labour and materials involved are costly, with projects typically ranging from $200 to $500 per linear metre. Extensive excavation work to uncover buried pipes also adds substantial expense.

While installing a new pipe provides increased flow rates and longevity, the remediation works often take several weeks, which is problematic in inhabited strata complexes.

Pipe Relining

Pipe relining can provide a long-lasting repair with little disruption to residents, proving to be an advantageous method. Access is acquired via existing drainage points, meaning with our expertise, we get job done effectively without causing property damage.

We offer efficient plumbing solutions without concrete breakage or the need to match old piping, with pipe relining costs about 60% less than full replacement, preserving your property’s structural integrity. Projects can often be completed in just one day.

The process doesn’t reduce diameter like other repair options, and flow efficiency is restored. Modern epoxy resins provide extreme durability with guarantees up to 50 years.

For strata buildings, our dedicated relining team ensures that renovating your property to repair pipe damage is completely unnecessary. This makes it the most time and cost-effective pipe reinstatement method without need for traditional excavation.

Choosing the Right Pipe Relining Company

When selecting a professional plumbing company offering strata plumbing services for pipe relining in your strata complex, there are several key factors to consider:

Industry Experience

Look for an established strata plumbing service provider with extensive expertise in pipe relining tailored specifically for strata properties. They should have a proven track record of successful strata projects over many years.

Specialised Services

Select a provider that specialises in no-dig trenchless pipe relining, as opposed to a general plumbing contractor. They will have in-depth technical knowledge of the latest methods and materials.


Confirm tradespeople are fully equipped, licenced and insured to carry out pipe relining in your state or territory. Ask to see certification and assess membership of industry bodies like the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union.

Materials & Warranties

Establish what precise pipe relining system and epoxy resins, encompassing a wide range of solutions, will be utilised. Opt for advanced solutions that come with long-term durability guarantees up to 50 years.

Reputation & Reviews

Review online feedback and testimonials about a plumbing company’s responsiveness, workmanship, and customer service. Look for transparency and evidence of consistent 5-star ratings.

Taking time to find an experienced strata pipe relining specialist protects your investment and ensures any repair works are completed to the highest professional standard.

Frequently Asked Questions About Strata Plumbing

What should I do if there is an emergency plumbing issue affecting multiple units?

If a major plumbing incident occurs impacting several units, immediately contact emergency services. Shut-off water supplies if safe to do so to prevent further flooding. Notify your strata manager so they can adeptly address and fix problems and get the job lined up, like working with first responders, engaging restoration experts, and lodging an urgent insurance claim.

How quickly can you respond to strata plumbing emergencies?

Our plumbing company provides round-the-clock emergency services, ensuring our team is ready to respond swiftly, even outside regular business hours. We understand the urgency of plumbing crises; hence, our goal is to dispatch one of our licensed strata plumbers to your location within one hour, where we can help mitigate the situation promptly, any time, to assess and address the issue promptly. We work quickly and safely to minimise disruption and the stress caused by water damage to residents and property managers.

Who determines responsibility and pays for repairs to damaged pipes?

Strata managers should carefully review strata plans, and with our expertise, we assist in determining whether damaged pipes are part of common property or within individual lots.

They can then determine if costs fall to specific owners, the entire owners’ corporation via strata fees, or can be claimed through building insurance policies.

What maintenance can prevent plumbing issues in my strata scheme?

We advise creating a plumbing maintenance schedule, including tasks such as pipe inspections, tap servicing, and hot water system flushes, to prolong the lifespan of plumbing infrastructure.

Monitoring for invasive tree roots and the removal or alteration of these offenders is crucial, as they can also compromise the structural integrity of pipes, including thorough maintenance of hot water systems, just as periodic gas fitting and drain camera inspections are essential for pinpointing and clearing blockages before they worsen.

Why choose Dural Plumbing as my strata’s plumbing services provider?

Boasting over 15 years of experience across a multitude of strata properties, including those in the Northern Beaches, our firm is proud to offer unmatched technical skill, reliability, and customer service.

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