A soakaway is simply a hole excavated into the ground. Traditionally these were filled with rubble and coarse stone but these days they are usually filled with plastic crates. Surface water and water from gutters and downpiples is then collected in the soakaway to slowly percolate back into the ground.
The main problem our clients experience with soakaways is that they can become blocked with silt and leaves that have washed into them. They can become completely clogged and become more of a pond than a soakaway.
At Blockbuster contracts we offer a full soakaway cleaning service, where we will use high pressure water jets to backwash the pipe that feed into the soakaway. This washes out the silt or leaves that have been clogging it, and can resolve the issue in around half of cases with a few hours of jet washing. We often find though that once a soakaway has become clogged it is hard to get it working as it did previously. In these cases the alternative is to either excavate a new soakaway or re-excavate the existing one. Regulations now state that a soakaway must be a minimum distance from any buildings so we often end up excavating a new soakaway farther from the client’s property.
We have over 27 years’ experience in excavating, re-excavating and clearing soakaways. We also offer a free claims management service where we will deal directly with your insurance company, providing reports and managing your claim so you can be sure everything is handled correctly.