Soakaway Maintenance & Testing

The Quest Waste Management team are experienced in dealing with soakaways of all shapes and sizes. Just like septic tanks, soakaways can be dangerous if not treated with care by experts.

We recommend regular checks of the soakaway to uncover any issues before they start causing real problems. Along with this, it’s important not to ignore concerning signs when they appear. If a heavy vehicle passes over the soakaway unexpectedly and you’re worried the pipework may have been impacted, getting it checked out sooner rather than later could be the difference between a repair bill and a complete structural rehabilitation.

ISSUES WITH SOAKAWAYS CAN OCCUR FOR VARIOUS REASONS:

  • Tree and root ingress into the pipework
  • Lack of regular emptying of the attached septic tank leading to sludge emptying into the soakaway instead of being removed
  • Winter water table impacting on outlet pipes
  • Vehicle pressure damage
  • Wrong depth of the septic tank soakaway which leads to blockages of both the soakaway and the soil
  • Deterioration of septic tank leads to knock-on failure of soakaway
  • Septic tank damage
  • Soakaway being installed on the wrong type of soil
  • Increased usage of the septic tank

IF PROBLEMS BEGIN TO OCCUR WITH THE SOAKAWAY ATTACHED TO YOUR SEPTIC TANK, THE FOLLOWING SIGNS MAY BECOME VISIBLE:

  • Effluent from septic tank surfacing
  • Ground alterations around the soakaway
  • Strong odours from tank, drains or soakaway
  • Gurgling in the drains and slow drainage of toilets, showers and sink
  • Effluent polluting local waterways