Rainwater from downpipes on residential properties is often overlooked by many homeowners, particularly those with older style properties. You are legally required to ensure that rainwater on your property is effectively controlled on your property; you cannot direct rainwater onto your neighbour’s property or the street. In essence, this means it is essential that every roof downpipe is feeding the water into either a freshwater tank or a soakwell drain on your property.

The damage that rainwater can cause your property and that of your neighbour’s can be significant. In many cases, you won’t see the damage until the cost to remedy has grown significantly.

What is a Soakwell?

An effective soakwell is large enough and positioned in such a way that rainwater can run off into the system, preventing water from escaping the property boundary or settling under or near buildings. Soakwells are generally large tanks buried in the ground which capture a significant volume of water, enabling the water to subsequently settle into the ground and eventually joining up with the underground water table. They can be constructed from plastic, fibreglass, PVC, concrete, brick, or other materials.

Why is a Soakwell Essential?

Forgetting the fact that managing rainwater on your property is a legal requirement, it makes absolutely no sense to cut corners with your drainage system. When a large volume of rainwater arrives, you need confidence that your soakwells will perform as required.

Rainwater which is not effectively managed on your property can cause a range of issues. Apart from the obvious effects of erosion on your property and your neighbours, a build-up of water against your property can cause many issues including:

  • Erosion of house stumps and building subsidence
  • Subsidence of footings and concrete pads
  • Sinking of pavers forming paths, driveways and patios
  • Rising damp to walls and footings and flooring
  • Wood rot

Unless you effectively manage rainwater on your property, you could be faced with carrying out extensive repairs and renovations to your home, both inside and out, above and below. However, if you install a soakwell system which is designed to accommodate the expected levels of rainwater for your property, you are likely to avoid significant maintenance costs

Why get us to install your soakwell?

When you’ve got a problem with water runoff, or you’re looking at laying fresh paving it’s important to choose time served local craftsmen to carry out a professional installation. At Total Paving we have the experience to carry out your soakwell work to the very highest standard and we provide a 2-year guarantee and multi-million dollar public liability insurance cover to give you peace of mind when it comes to improving your home.

From design to supply to installation, we are there every step of the way to make the process as easy for you as we possibly can. No job is too big or too small, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service and the highest quality of work.