Why is my rainwater soakaway overflowing? Plus — how to unblock it

Surface water can cause damage to homes and gardens
Surface water can cause damage to homes and gardens (Image credit: Getty Images)

Why is my soakaway overflowing might be a question you need answering when faced with a soggy driveway. And the answer, generally surrounds the soakaway underneath not working as it should.

This could be due to the surface water drainage system being blocked or perhaps not being installed correctly. But if the problem isn't fixed, any flooding that might occur as a result can not only cause damage to your own property but can also result in the discharge of water onto neighbouring properties, potentially causing legal disputes.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.