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What is a rainwater soakaway?

WES managing director and septic tank expert Mark Ward answers the frequently asked question as part of our ongoing Video FAQ series.

What is a rainwater soakaway? – Video Transcription

Mark Ward:

“All buildings have drainage from the roof, which catches the rainwater, brings it down a down pipe, and then generally speaking goes underground into a soakaway.

Older-style soakaways tended to have been rubble or brick rubble filled. More modern systems tend to be a crate or a concrete ring soakaway. And the idea is that when it rains, there’s a location underground, which the rain water can be sent to be dispersed at a controlled rate.

Otherwise, you’ll just end up with water flowing around the property, which can lead to all sorts of issues.”

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