Soakaways are an economical and environmentally friendly solution to combat the ever-looming threat of excessive rain and flooding. Which is an issue that UK residents face more regularly than we care for. If you find yourself asking the question “are soakaways effective?” then Borehole Solutions’ answer to that would be a resounding, yes!
These subtly designed underground systems are the most popular method of dealing with excess water. When used in a residential setting, they act as a second line of defence if your home’s drainage system becomes overwhelmed. In turn, this greatly reduces the danger of your garden becoming waterlogged or, even worse, water flowing toward your property and causing damp. The installation process is also relatively straightforward and can be done retrospectively.
Do Soakaways Need Maintenance?
Durable and long-lasting, Soakaways are designed to last for 100 years, which is the expected life cycle of a home or property. However, this doesn’t mean after a system has been installed it can be forgotten about. It’s true that a soakaway will need minimal maintenance when fitted professionally. However, measures should be taken to ensure that leaves, silt and other garden waste do not clog the system. This will prevent the soakaway from serving its primary purpose, which is to allow the excess water which collects within the crates to slowly drain underground.
As soakaways are installed underground, it can be tricky to overcome issues once they occur. Measures should be taken to ensure the potential for blockages are kept to a minimum. Whilst they are out of sight, there are a few red flags that indicate when a soakaway is blocked. The most obvious sign is waterlogging. If an area has experienced a higher than usual exposure to water, it will undoubtedly become damp. If a soakaway has been fitted correctly and the area has become deluged, chances are there is a blockage somewhere.
Uneven ground can also be a sign that a soakaway isn’t doing its job properly. This is likely due to the earth of an affected area becoming overly compact, leading the ground to swell and sag. When soil is too dense it means the water being released will not be able to ebb and flow underground like it should. This will then cause the connecting pipework to block, collapse and flood.
Avoiding a Blocked Soakaway
The best way to avoid problems with a soakaway is to employ a professional outfit such as Borehole Solutions Limited to carry out the installation. It’s important to know what type of system is needed prior to it being installed. For instance, the plastic crates that are used to collect and redistribute the water need to be correct. Using a domestically designed crate for commercial purposes won’t work as the soakaway will struggle to manage the flow and amount of water dispersed from a commercial property.
Unfortunately, once a soakaway becomes blocked, the only real way of overcoming the problem is to replace it. This can be costly and disruptive. Especially if it means digging up an immaculately designed garden. Whilst there is some potential for blockages to occur naturally, the likelihood of this happening to a modern system featuring plastic soakaway crates is slim.