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Importance of Soakaway Drainage in Bournemouth

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

The area around Bournemouth has some beautiful countryside with quaint archetypal village houses, and for many of these English cottages, drains from the house run into a soakaway. Regular maintenance is key to keeping the soakaway operating properly and ensuring there are no smells or overflows from the system.

In this article, we will look at the main issues you may find with a soakaway and how to prevent them.

Key Maintenance Problems with a Soakaway?

A soakaway is designed to discharge wastewater from a septic tank drain field or private sewage system into the ground. Regular maintenance, including emptying the septic tank on a regular basis, is key to keeping an efficient waste-handling system.

Problems can occur due to damaged or blocked pipes and from a build-up of solids caused either by failure to empty the septic tank or by soil, leaves, and other debris entering the system often during a rainstorm. And of course, the paper put into the toilet that is not suitable for a soakaway may also get stuck in the pipework.

Remove silt and other debris

Most soakaways have a silt trap which helps prevent silt and other debris from entering the system. Every three months, lift the cover and empty the silt trap.

At the same time, check for any toilet paper that has stuck to the sides of the pipework and remove it to prevent any future blockage. You can use a pressure washer to flush away any debris that is stuck to the sides of the pipework to ensure a clear flow of water.

Use Commercial Unblockers & Treatment Systems

Green Gobbler Septic Saver Treatment System

This is a monthly treatment that digests fats, grease, oils, paper, and other organic matter and helps prevent buildups. It is safe to use on all septic tanks, pipes, and plumbing systems.

Roebic K570 Leach and Drain Field Opener

This prevents problems of sludge build-up in the infiltration network of septic tanks, to solve blockages in the drainage area. It contains patented bacteria that break down proteins, starch, and other food-related organic waste.

Hydra RE-GEN

This clears drain fields, leach fields, and soakaways making them free-flowing again by breaking down the heavy black bio slime responsible for clogging pipes. It works by boosting the natural bacteria in the system. Hydra Re-Gen can be added directly into the distribution box via the outlet pipe.

Empty the Cesspit Regularly

Encouraging bacterial growth and using chemicals to shift sludge buildup and dissolve common debris, is not the end of the story. To keep the cesspit working optimally, it’s important to empty it regularly (how often will depend on its size and the usage it gets). This is not a task you can do yourself as it requires an expert to pump out the system and dispose of the waste properly.

Pro Blocked Drains in Bournemouth offers this service and will give you fast, efficient, and hygienic workmanship. In addition to removing the waste solids, Pro Blocked Drains can inspect the whole system using CCTV camera technology to ensure there are no breaks in the pipework or drain blockages that could cause problems in the future.

Why Use Pro Blocked Drains in Bournemouth?

When you are dealing with sewage, whether your drains are going into the main sewage system or into a soakaway, it is important to take care as any mistakes made could create a health hazard for you or your family. Any maintenance, especially when using chemicals too, can be dirty, time-consuming, and potentially harmful work.

And, as with any type of DIY, you may not have the correct tools and always may risk making the situation worse. What’s more, unlike normal household sewage systems, any damage you cause to pipework going into your soakaway can be difficult to fix without digging out the whole system which may result in you needing to replace the system.

It really is not worth the risk and you would be well advised to call in the professional drain unblocker in Bournemouth for help and a fast, efficient, cost-effective service.

But who exactly has Pro Blocked Drains in Bournemouth?

We are a nationwide network of highly trained professionals with operators based locally in Bournemouth. We can offer you:

  • A local friendly company

  • 24-hour a day service 365 days of the year.

  • Highly skilled operators

  • State-of-the-art equipment

  • Fast response

  • Fully qualified Safe-Contractor-Approved workers

  • No call-out fee

  • Excellent customer service

  • Satisfaction guaranteed.

  • Budget-friendly prices

  • Free quotations

  • Peace of mind

So, why try to maintain or unblock your soakaway system with a correct drainage contractor?

Call Pro Blocked Drains in Bournemouth on 0800 611 82 99 or email Our friendly staff will give you advice and a no-obligation quotation to service and maintain your sewage system at a cost-effective and budget-friendly price.

Learn more information about the Blocked Drain Services in Weston-super-Mare.

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