Quick Answer: How Long Does A Soakaway Last?

How deep should you dig a soakaway?

The depth depends upon the location – if it’s under the garden or patio etc.

it only needs to be 1310mm deep, but if its under your driveway it should be 1510mm deep to allow for a little more top fill.

If you don’t want to dig that deep, check out our shallow dig soakaway options..

Can you put a soakaway in clay?

A soakaway is basically a deep hole filled with rubble. To work, it must extend below the clay and be at least 1.8m deep. Dig a series of parallel trenches every 3-6m across the garden, sloping towards the ditch or soakaway.

Do Soakaways need maintenance?

Maintenance. A soakaway shouldn’t require any maintenance, but it is a good idea to lift the cover and check the structure every few months or so to check for silting or contamination.

Can you put a soakaway under a drive?

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re able to install a soakaway for your driveway or roof rainwater then you should. You may be able to discharge the water into a sewer if no other alternative exists and you have permission from the water company who may charge a yearly fee.

What does a soakaway drain look like?

They look like a series of perforated pipes laid in trenches in an area of land around your property, usually your garden or a field. The area around these pipes will then be covered over, usually with stones or gravel and turf, with the treated foul water being discharged into this land.

How much does it cost to replace a soakaway?

The average cost to fit or replace a soakaway is typically around £700-£1000 with the price depending upon numerous factors including whether or not your soakaway will be installed under your lawn or driveway.

How do I find my Soakaway?

The easiest way to find a soakaway is to follow the rainwater downpipes from your house and see how far they go. Often, the downpipes from your home will lead to a sunken area on your lawn.

How effective are Soakaways?

A highly effective way of dealing with surface water; soakaways collect all surface water run-off into one point before allowing it to percolate in a controlled manner into the surrounding ground/earth in the area where it falls.

How far away from the house should a soakaway be?

five metresThe regulations state that a rainwater soakaway must be located at least five metres from the wall of a building and at least two and a half metres from a boundary. This is to prevent subsidence of the wall and to stop rainwater on your property flowing into your neighbour’s garden.

Do I need planning permission for a soakaway?

The permission needed depends on the type of soakaway you are intending to build. For a septic soakaway, drain field or Sewerage treatment plant soakaway you will need planning permission. Unless it is a direct replacement. For a Rainwater Soakaway, you should consult your local planning agency.

How long do septic tank Soakaways last?

12 monthsSoakaways also need to be serviced and maintained, again every 12 months alongside the septic tank.

Can a soakaway get blocked?

Can a soakaway get blocked? The main problem people experience with soakaways is that they can become blocked up with silt, leaves etc which have washed into the soakaway and can prevent the rain water being collected and percolated back into the soil.

Why do Soakaways fail?

Collapsed or displaced pipes in the soakaway. This can be caused by natural movements in the soil or say by driving a heavy car etc over the drainage field. Damage to the dip pipes or baffle within a septic tank can cause a soakaway to become blocked. Poor maintenance of the Soakaway filters.