Surface water soakaway question

  1. Welderpaul

    Welderpaul Moderator Staff Member

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    Does anyone know what the vertical pipe is for in this image? NMP but I think is the set up we have
    under our garden.
    Stuck a tape measure down the pipe and it is 1.8m deep and dry. Odd because i've spent most of the afternoon jetwashing the drive and trying to clear a blockage from the Aco infront of the garage. If the Aco leads to this i would have expected a load of water to be in the crates.
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  2. WorkshopChris Forum Supporter

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    That goes some way to confirm my suspicions that around 90% of Aco is just fitted to keep planners happy and is never connected to anything anyway, at least around this way.
     
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  3. Welderpaul

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    The Aco is fitted to stop water running down the drive and into my garage. It is connected to something, but is blocked to a degree. Nothing I can rod without digging out the last Aco in the run and the trap that it is piped into.
     
  4. MCKDAVID Member

    Some kind of breather maybe?
     
  5. addjunkie

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  6. Tom O Member

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    Can they get a air lock in them? Going by the height of it I’d say it’s a breather too.
     
  7. spencer 427

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    Soak away systems don't have or need a breather. I done loads of them . The white pipe in the picture will be the water inlet. When it's been filled with stone and wrapped the pipe will be cut down to take a collar and pipe from the acco.
     
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  8. dobbslc

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    @spencer 427 I might have to tap you up for some info one day as I have a new soakaway to install before the winter .
     
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  9. spencer 427

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    The best way to do it in my opinion is a catch pit with a pump. This was my last job I did. It was a 2.5 IMG-20180819-WA0002.jpg mtr dig. Concrete rings. Inlet comes from the back that takes water from acco drains as well as the garage roof. There is also a French drain. Its pumped back out to an existing gully at the front of the garage.
     
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  10. dobbslc

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    No existing drains to connect to here, and we're on clay......
    There's an old soakaway that's blocked and now too close to the house extension anyway.
     
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  11. spencer 427

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    The catch pit I done was also on clay..you can put soakaway in clay ground they just need to be deeper ..
     
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  12. spencer 427

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    Do you have a waste gully that takes the kitchen sink waste.
     
  13. dobbslc

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    I do but it's on the other side of the house! Building control are involved so I doubt I'll get away without putting in a new soakaway :mad:
     
  14. Welderpaul

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  15. Welderpaul

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    The vertical pipe in the picture has a little inspection cover (toby) on it in our case - I don't think water gets into it from this pipe.
     
  16. 8ob

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    Never seen a pipe like that sticking out of soakaway crates before :dontknow:

    Bob
     
  17. DAPPH

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    Just to make you happier, in 2000 , when I had our conservatory done for the 1989 built bungalow the foundation was dug to 1200 deep as it was on sand and gravel land , in one corner of the foundation trench was a light brown /orange soil pipe
    seeing as it ran about 18 inches parallel with our bungalow & picked up on the other wall side foundation trench adjacent to the bungalow I assumed it would be the roof water route from next door or a route from our downpipe running through next doors garden.

    In a burst of sheer genius I decided to pop a hose pipe down the gutter end of the down pipe at the corner of our bungalow , turn on the hosepipe and prove the route for I was looking to put a garage roof drainage in a few months later.

    I could hear the water running , went & lifted access hole cover number 1 ..no water , 2 no … water , three …. no water , 4 no water . Well that took care of all the manholes on our property
    went to the adjacent semi detached bungalow & asked if I could lift the lids to see if our rain water ran through their the manholes . All lids lifted , nothing found . Went to the next pair of bungalows did the same nothing found .
    To this day I don't know where they ran to , there was no big soak away reservoir on the plans . Both the other bungalows rain water ran through manholes on their properties to the street rain water system .


    Don't think there was a sink hole under the bungalow ...but you never know . :D



    :) Could it be :doh:that your soak away has never been connected , try filling the thing with a hose pipe unless of course you are on a water meter. :laughing:
     
  18. Screwdriver

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    Just a heads up but if you have a soakaway and your water is metered, you can apply for a discount to the water supplier. They charge a proportion of the fixed fee for waste water disposal.

    My guess is the pipe is intended for use to plumb into a drain or perhaps a pump for any excess. And no, that's not a good idea!
     
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