England is notorious for its wet weather, and rainy forecasts. Although the English weather is mostly manageable, for some facilities, the threat of flooding means that further action must be taken to enable suitable drainage. This is where a rubble soakaway can make the world of difference and transform company efficiency, even when it’s raining!
The team here at Borehole Solutions, one of the country’s leading geotechnical drilling companies, wanted to take a closer look at the rubble soakaway and highlight just a few of their countless benefits!
What is a Rubble Soakaway?
Let’s start with basics – a rubble soakaway is simply a hole dug into the ground and filled with, you guessed it, rubble (and course stone), which allows the surface water to filter through gradually, back into the earth. It is a highly efficient and more eco-friendly way of dealing with surface water, also known as runoff water. The pipe leading into the soakaway from the area where there is excess water, acts like a gutter from a roof and helps to minimise the risk of flooding.
A Solution with Low Environmental Impact
One very important benefit of the rubble soakaway is that it is a low environmental impact solution to drainage. This is because it uses few materials and resources. As this drainage system filters the water into the necessary areas, you are avoiding the need for extra processing or adding to the busy sewerage systems. Additionally, chemical treatments are completely avoided before the water is returned to the eco system, and the surface water is less likely to become further polluted before it returns to the ground.
Sustainable Flood Management
Rural areas benefit the most from a rubble soakaway. This is because rural areas tend not to have storm drains, so flooding holds an increased threat. Soakaways aren’t exclusive to rural areas though; they are often found in the gardens of suburban homes, especially if their lawns often become waterlogged or boggy. They also prevent standing water building up against walls.
A steadfast solution for excess water, rubble soakaways are widely used because they’re an invisible feature once they’re installed! You don’t have to worry about the aesthetics of your garden or angering the community because this solution can’t be seen. They’re highly adaptable and an absolute essential if you live in an area prone to rain.
Easy to Maintain
Once installed, a rubble soakaway is easy to maintain. You can simply leave them to do their job. It’s advisable to check the structure every few months or so, just to make sure that there is no silting or contamination. If installed correctly, soakaways usually last for a minimum of 25 years, but they can last a lot longer. Although they’re easy to maintain, it’s worth mentioning that plant roots will affect their efficiency. So, try and keep clear of any vegetation close by.
A rubble soakaway is the ideal anti-flooding solution. They’re incredibly low maintenance, sustainable and make for a much more well-managed space when it comes to drainage. At Borehole, our soakaways and sustainable drainage work to standards in line with SUDS, referenced in BRE 365. If you’d like to find out more about our installation of rubble soakaways, then get in touch! Contact Borehole Solutions today on 01733 200501.