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Soakaway Repair and Replacement in Bournemouth and Throughout Dorset

Excessive rainfall may cause soakaways to clog, which can also lead to flooding. If you’re experiencing problems with your existing soakaway system, our experts are here to help! 

At Canford Drains, we have rectified a wide array of soakaway issues for both commercial and domestic clients in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas in Dorset. Our skilled drainage engineers can repair or replace your soakaway system to prevent any further problems with flooding and waterlogging.

Get in touch with Canford Drains today on 01202 880202 or fill out our Contact Form to arrange a callout. Our services are available throughout Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas in Dorset. 

What is a soakaway – and how does it work?

Soakaways are durable, resilient drainage systems designed to remove water from your property. They are often installed to prevent flooding, waterlogging and standing water.

In the simplest terms, they are holes dug into the ground that are covered over with turf. The holes are filled with coarse stones and rubble. This creates small pockets that are free from soil and earth, which allows water to flow away from your property, through the stone-filled holes and into the earth. 

Soakaways are designed so that the excess water is diverted beneath ground level, although not deep enough to damage any nearby structures. Instead, the water is absorbed quickly and safely by the soil.


Soakaway Replacement and Repairs in Bournemouth and Poole
Soakaway Specialists in Bournemouth and Poole

How do soakaways become blocked?

When silt, leaves and other debris is washed into the soakaway, this can prevent it from collecting rainwater to be percolated into the soil. This problem may not be immediately apparent, but many customers call us once they notice water pooling out at surface level.

How can you unblock soakaways?

In many cases, our engineers can unblock soakaways using high-pressured water jets to remove any buildup. This may restore your soakaway to working order, so long as the blockage is not too severe and there are no underlying issues.

What if my soakaway can’t be unblocked?

If it is not possible to unblock your soakaway, we will then need to excavate a new soakaway (or the same soakaway, after tracing) – and then install a brand new soakaway system.

All soakaway systems must be located at least five meters from the wall of a building and a minimum of two and a half meters from the boundary. This will help prevent damage to the wall and rainwater flowing into any neighbouring properties.



What Our Customers Say


"Shower drain unblocked"


Excellent job. Turned up on time, cleared the blockage and charged the agreed amount. Friendly person doing the work. Will definitely use again.

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Couldn't of asked for better workmanship !

Had a blocked sewer drain, gave them a call and in an hour Andy turned up, he got to it and sorted the problem, pressure washed the pipe and checked it was all flowing properly, all within 30 minutes. he was friendly and professional throughout and gave advice on how to prevent it reoccurring. Couldn't of asked for better workmanship, highly recommended and would use again

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Urgent Work Required.

All the office staff to whom we spoke were up-to-speed with our problem, practical and helpful. Gerry, the engineer, arrived in a timely fashion, and was friendly and courteous to both me and the neighbours to whose properties he needed access. He took trouble to remove his boots whenever he had to go in any of the houses, and worked hard, sensibly and tidily. I would recommend Canford Drains to anyone with a similar problem

"Unblocked drain"

Excellent service, good price. Geny was very helpful. Fixed with in one hour.

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