Soakaways

 

What is a Soakaway?

A soakaway is a pit hole dug into permeable ground (such as soil) filled with hardcore or very coarse gravel and usually covered with earth on the top.  Surface water (i.e. rainwater) OR purified effluent from a sewage treatment plant is drained into this and the water then percolates and infiltrates into the surrounding ground.  This can be an effective way of dispersing a surplus of surface water and preventing flash flooding.

 

DS Serve's advice

Before you consider fitting a soakaway DS Serve would recommend that you first look at having your drains and gullies cleaned at least once or twice a year.  The high pressure jetting can help stimulate the effective freeflow of drain and rainwater, reducing the chance of you needing to install a soakaway.

You will also take good advice by keeping all stones and pebbles away from your drain gullies, as  this can also increase the chance of you needing a soakaway if careless.

 

DIY Soakaway Installation

DS Serve would always recommend going down the professional when it comes to desiging and installing a soakaway system on your property.  The most resounding reason is because at least 50% of all DIY installations in the UK break the local and national regulations when it comes to the use of soakaways.  These rules are not cut and dried and vary from authority to authority, so by using a specialist drainage & soakaway installer you can be sure not only of quality workmanship, but that you arent digging yourself into a hole regarding the legal regulations.

The Environmental Agency do not generally accept deep boor-hole soakaway drilling, soakaway tunnnels or crates as methods of solving drainfield issues and these types of soakaways will only ever be accepted for rainwater-only soakaways.

 

The Process

Following a consultation with DS Serve's experts, we will take care of the whole process for you from start to finish.  Including:

  • Planning
  • Drawing Submissions
  • Pipe Laying
  • Soakaway Installation
  • Make-good work

 

To arrange a site visit from one of our drainage consultants, talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable office advisers on 0800 211 8424

 

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Talk to one of our friendly and knowlegable advisers on 0800 211 8424

 
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