How to build a soakaway: Step-by-step

A soakaway hole being dug in a garden with water being sprayed into it
Learning how to build a soakaway will allow surface water to percolate back into the earth (Image credit: Getty)

Knowing how to build a soakaway will potentially help homeowners protect their homes from surface water flooding, as well as being a sustainable drainage option.

Surface water flooding is becoming a common problem in the UK and by adding a soakaway to your garden or under your driveway, you can potentially solve waterlogging and naturally drain excess rainwater back into the ground.

Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith has worked in the property and construction industry for over 20 years.

He currently continues to work on domestic building projects while also providing expert comments in the property and construction field for PriceYourJob.

He has worked with PriceYourJob for the past four years and has been published in a range of publications

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