How can a soakaway reduce the risk of flooding?

How can a soakaway reduce the risk of flooding?

Flooding of surface water drainage systems is common after a substantial amount of rainfall, as the pipes simply aren't large enough to cope with the amount of rainwater being collected so it backs up and spills over the edge. Aside from being a huge inconvenience it can cause a serious amount of damage to properties, businesses and belongings.

What are soakaway crates?

A soakaway is a hole dug into the ground, previously filled with stone or rubble but more modernly, plastic crates. They are a long established way of dealing with rainwater to prevent flooding.

What are the benefits of soakaway crates?

  • Reducing pressure on overloaded mains drainage systems 
  • Potential of bill rebate for surface drainage costs from your sewerage company
  • Cost-effective to install, and can be retrofitted relatively easily

How do soakaway crates reduce flooding?

Twinwall or coil pipes underground feed into the crates which are wrapped in a permeable membrane, joined together to form a rigid structure that stores water in the voids between the plastic. They allow rainwater to filter through and absorb back into the ground at a rate the soil can absorb - preventing downstream flooding.  Soakaways come in various shapes and sizes but a drainage expert will be able to calculate what size you need for your property.  

How can we help?

If you have any questions about soakaway crates, please get in touch with the team at Cotterill Civils. Always on hand to help, we’d be more than happy to share our expertise.

Alternatively, if you’d like to take advantage of this long-term stormwater drainage solution, be sure to check out our online range of soakaway crates. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect crates for your needs and budget.

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