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A soakaway is a pit or a series of pits that are designed to allow excess water to drain away from a property and be absorbed into the ground. Soakaways can be an effective solution for clearing a flooded garden in certain circumstances.
To determine whether a soakaway is suitable for your needs, consider the following factors:
Soil type: Soakaways are most effective in soils that are permeable, such as sand or gravel, as they allow water to drain away easily. In soils that are dense or clay-like, it may be more difficult for water to drain away effectively.
Size and location: The size and location of the soakaway will depend on the amount of water that needs to be drained and the layout of your garden. It is important to ensure that the soakaway is large enough to handle the volume of water that it will be expected to drain and that it is located in an area where it will not interfere with other features or structures in the garden.
Water table: The water table is the level at which the ground is saturated with water. If the water table is high, it may be more difficult for water to drain away effectively, as the soil may already be saturated. In this case, a soakaway may not be the most suitable solution.
If you decide to install a soakaway, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and local building regulations. It may also be helpful to consult with a professional, such as a landscaper or engineer, to ensure that the soakaway is properly designed and installed.