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How to clear a soakaway.

First off before we tell you how to clear away a soakaway, let’s tell you what one is for those that don’t know. A soakaway is a hole or an area around the perimeter of your house, usually in the back garden or yard area. Traditionally these are filled with small stones, gravel or rubble. The purpose of this is for excess rainfall and water from your drainage system to be drained away in a safe and secure area.

Over time and without any regular maintenance this can become blocked or damaged. The first signs to look out for is dips in the land around the soakaway and in some common cases the pipes that feed into the soakaway can be blocked or damaged.  A recent call out to a property to investigate a blocked soakaway saw us discover severe root growth which from a tree in the property. This had dipped the ground it was situated in and also damaged the pipe work. Tricky but fixable.

One thing we strongly advise is to check the grounding that the soakaway is situated on. Make sure it is level and that the area is filled and healthy looking. Also check for visible blockages within the pipework. If you have a pressure jet-washer, we highly recommend you use that as the results are guaranteed to be instant, if not then it may be possible to remove by hand.

If you have exhausted all other options, then our expert engineers are on hand to ensure everything gets back to running order and with minimal fuss and cost to you. All you need to do is get in touch.

We’re available 7 days a week and you can reach us on 07824 757572 / 0800 849 8099 or email us at service@happydrains.co.uk and we’ll be more than happy to help!