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What is a soakaway crate?

Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:59:22 Europe/London

Soakaway crates are great for controlling surface water. They are suitable for numerous projects, be it domestic or commercial. Here we explain exactly what they are and how they work. Could you benefit from installing soakaways crates from Build Plumb Plastics?

What is a soakaway crate?

A Soakaway is purposely built to prevent the likelihood of flash floods and manage surface water.

A hole is dug in the ground and filled with plastic crates (soakaway crates). These collect and hold the excess water safely, which is then able to seep back into the surrounding soil at a controlled rate.

Using plastic crates allows you to build a soakaway that will last longer and is suitable for large surface areas. As well as this, they are quick and easy to install.

How does a soakaway crate work?

A soakaway crate allows you to store excess water until it seeps into the ground naturally. The crates are wrapped in permeable geotextile to ensure that water can filter out slowly - at a speed that provides protection against flooding and stagnant water. Rainwater from patios, driveways, and gutters should be directed towards the soakaway.

Any of the soakaway crates that we supply at BP Plastics are manufactured from high-quality materials and are suitable for heavy-duty applications.

How many soakaway crates do you need?

When it comes to choosing quantities of plastic soakaway crates, there are several factors that can make your decision easier – one of these being the brand. The brand can determine how many crates you need because they all vary in size. We provide brands such as Polypipe, Aqua Storm and Brett Martin.

Another factor that can affect how many crates you need is space. Before you purchase soakaway crates, think about how much space you have available and estimate how many crates you will be able to fit. Not taking into consideration space will leave you buying products that don’t suit your project or the area that you plan to install them.

Soil can also impact on the number of crates that are required. To identify how many crates will need to be installed, groundworkers can perform a percolation test to determine ground conditions.

All the crates supplied from BP Plastics are designed to be modular and are easy to stack on top of or next to each other. They have a high void ratio and are suitable for various applications, whether it be infiltration or agriculture.

How to install soakaway crates?

It’s best to gather all your equipment prior to installing your soakaway crates.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Plastic Crates
  • Membrane felt
  • Underground drainage pipe
  • Gravel
  • Gully

To make the installation process easier for you, we supply soakaway crates that are ready to install.

If you would like to know more contact our team of experts on 0800 999 7576 who are on hand to  provide advice and guidance.

Posted in News By

Paul Smith

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