Soakaways are a means by which surface water (roof/rainwater) can be discharged into the ground. These have a range of benefits, in that they deal with surface water where there is no access to mains drains, they place a lesser demand on those systems if they are present, and they can provide a saving on your utility bills versus discharge into a mains system. They are commonly employed within new-build developments and we often see them.
The design of soakaways is a science in itself and should be undertaken by a suitably qualified Civil Engineer. It is not the design of soakaways that I want to comment upon, but their use in association with basement waterproofing systems, and implications upon the waterproofing where soakaways do not function as intended. Continue reading Soakaways and Basements, not Always a Good Combination.