Soakaway Installation & Repair
We are experts at installing soakaways for dealing with rainwater runoff from driveways, patios and roof gutters for households and businesses across the south of England.
What is a Soakaway?
A soakaway is basically a hole in the ground that collects rainwater runoff, as the hole fills up, the water gradually seeps through the soil beneath and into the water table.
The soakaway is used to temporarily store rainwater that could otherwise lead to surface flooding or the overwhelming of a sewage systems.
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Understand the regulations
Prior to starting work on a soakaway will need to check the requirements of Local Building Regulations.
Building Regulations require you to make adequate provision to dispose of surface water (also called storm-water, rainwater, or runoff) from your home or commercial building. You are not allowed to feed this surface water into storm drains. It requires surface water to be collected and treated where it falls (and even reused if possible). A soakaway helps you achieve this requirement and the added advantage of being a low environmental–impact solution to this problem.
Soakaway Maintenance and repair
The first sign that you have a problem with your soakaway is water pooling on the surface and gradually building up. Leaves, twigs, silt, grit and litter can accumulate and block the pipes, or prevent the water from draining efficiently. We have a lot of experience in unblocking and repairing soakaways that aren’t functioning properly.
To avoid problems, it is best to regularly clean the soakaway. We use a high pressure water jet to check the flow through the pipes that feed in to the soakaway. The high pressure jet can blast away any debris that is blocking a pipe, and get rid of silt build up. In most cases, this procedure resolves the problem.
However, clogging in a soakaway may become a recurrent problem, and in that case it we recommend excavating the soakaway and create a fresh soakaway bed. When this happens, some owners take the opportunity to fill in the existing soakaway and excavate a new one, that is in line with current regulations.
Frequently asked questions
Want to know more about soakaways?
Would you like more information about the installation of a soakaway? Get in touch with our team of drain specialists today to find out more. We look forward to chatting with you and helping you with your soakaway requirements.
Our specialist drain repair team cover all of Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire. No matter where you are we will be happy to give you any drainage advice free of charge over the phone.
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