Soakaways Design, Installation, Maintenance and Repair

Disperse of liquid waste easily with a soakaway

  • New soakaway installation
  • Problem diagnosis
  • System design
  • Percolation tests
  • Free estimates
  • Comply with regulations

A soakaway is used to disperse liquid from a septic tank or treatment plant. The soakaway is constructed by the excavation of trenches or pits, or a combination of the two. These trenches/pits are then filled with clean flint stone and covered with a plastic membrane. The fluid is dispersed by the way of pipes with slots or holes, and often concrete or glass fibre chambers are installed for a more even distribution of liquid. This is constructed entirely below ground. The performance of any soakaway is affected by the size of the property being served, the porosity of the ground into which the soakaway is to be installed and the type of tank being served, i.e. whether it is a septic tank or treatment plant.

We can firm up the charge for the construction of new soakaway once we have carried out tests to ascertain the suitability and absorbency of the soil in the proposed area for the new soakaway. If the soil is very absorbent, the volume of soakaway required will be less than if the soil has average absorbency. If it transpires that the soil’s absorbency is non-existent, or very limited, we may discover that soil is not suitable, and that the proposed soakaway will not work. Obviously, the volume of soakaway required will have a direct bearing on the cost of their construction.

  • We will provide you with the best system suitable for your requirements
  • Our services include the design, installation, maintenance and repairs of your private system
  • We can cater for any size buildings from one bed properties to large commercial factories
  • Our tank specialists are on hand for any impartial advice and support for your system

Dispose of your waste water with a soakaway

Working together with your waste management system, a soakaway disperses your waste water into the ground effectively. Usually a trench or pit filled with clean flint stone and plastic membrane, the liquid is dispersed into here for an even distribution. Your new soakaway will be constructed completely underground.

Before we start work, tests will be completed on the area to ensure suitability and absorbency. If a soakaway is not the most suitable option for your property, we’ll advise you on the other options available to safely release your waste.

Septic Tanks should have a minimum of two chambers (or a single chamber divided by a separation wall with dip pipes). Effluent enters the initial tank, where initial separation of larger solids takes place and fats float to the surface. Because the first chamber receives waste straight from the drains, the contents can get stirred up as new effluent enters, especially if it is a large volume all at one time, such as emptying a bath. This is why the first chamber is limited to initial separation of larger solids and fats.

Effluent then passes via dip pipes to the second chamber (or additional chambers), which is a calmer environment, where smaller particles of solids in suspension have the opportunity to settle to the base of the tank. While this process takes place, there is limited bacteriological breakdown of the effluent. The separated effluent then passes along a further dip pipe to the soak-away, where the separated liquid is absorbed by the surrounding soil if suitable or porous, which provides supplementary natural filtration.

  • We will provide you with the best system suitable for your requirements
  • Our services include the design, installation, maintenance and repairs of your private system
  • We can cater for any size buildings from one bed properties to large commercial factories
  • Our tank specialists are on hand for any impartial advice and support for your system