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Guide to Brine (anti-icing solution) and its safe storage

It’s coming up to that time of year again when snow is likely to fall and our roads can become treacherous. One effective way to minimise the risk of accidents is by applying solutions, such as Brine, to roads and paths. What is Brine? Brine is a solution that combines salt, typically Sodium Chloride, and water. Brine can also be made [...]

How Do Attenuation Tanks Work

Stormwater attenuation tanks are ideal if you’re looking for a bespoke and cost-effective solution to control the flow of water back to a watercourse or drainage system. They are commonly used for larger commercial applications. What is an Attenuation Tank? Stormwater attenuation tanks provide a storage system for rainwater & surface water. The stored water inside the attenuation tank is released [...]

How Do Soakaway Crates Work?

Stormwater Crates are essentially plastic modular water cells and work in a similar way to a natural soakaway – they are perfect for groundwater infiltration. Why are they popular? Used in both commercial and domestic projects, they provide you with a simple, cost-effective and easy to install solution to control surface water and prevent flooding. Their popularity is increasing due to [...]

How Many Soakaway Crates Do I Need?

When determining the number of crates you need to use for a soakaway crate system you need to take into account the many variables. Here’s a guide to the things to consider. Variables you need to consider How many soakaway crates you need will depend on variables such as space available, soil type and incoming/outward flow rate. A groundworker or installer can [...]

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How to Install Soakaway Crates?

Soakaway crate systems play a vital role in preventing flooding by maintaining water levels in your drains. When it comes to their installation, we have put together a guide below for smaller soakaway systems. In the case of larger soakaway systems, you will need the assistance of specialist installers, such as ourselves. What are Soakaway Crates? Water can build up in your [...]

A Beginners Guide to Catchpits

Catchpits play an important role in preventing blockages and water contamination in drainage systems. Without them water could back up in your drainage systems and cause localised flooding. Here’s our mini guide to how catchpits work. What is a Catchpit? A catchpit is an empty chamber that is installed into a drainage system to prevent silt and debris from building up and [...]

What could go wrong with your sewage treatment solution?

Your sewage treatment system is a big investment so you want to ensure you get the right system and that it will last. Especially when you consider that the following horrors could await… 1. £100,000 fine if your system is not compliant With new rules on the way – all sewage effluent discharges are subject to Environment Agency (EA) general binding [...]

Guide to diversifying your farm business

In the volatile world of farming, in which traditional farm businesses are sensitive to input prices and extreme weather, more and more farmers are now choosing to diversify. This strategy not only helps protect farm owners incomes during turbulent farming periods but it also helps them to become more profitable. In fact, 62% of UK farms are reported to [...]

How to undertake a Trial Site Assessment Hole?

The first test that you should carry out when considering installing a septic tank or soakaway is the trial site assessment hole (TSAH). Whilst many believe they need to do a percolation test first, this is in fact pointless because if the TSAH test fails you will not be allowed to install a soakaway regardless. What is a Trial Site [...]

How to establish if you are in a groundwater source protection zone?

Looking to install a soakaway or septic tank? Then one of the things you will need to consider is how close you are to groundwater sources and whether you are in a groundwater protection zone. If you find you are within one of these zones, you may be refused the right to install. What is a groundwater protection zone? With the population [...]

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