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cairnterrier Sun 02-Mar-14 20:05:31

We've found out that a house that we're interested in buying has a soak away in the back garden for surface water. Is this usual for a suburban house and what do we need to be wary of or look further into?


MILdesperandum Sun 02-Mar-14 20:20:57

Do you mean connected to the gutter system - or for draining water from a patio of the garden itself?

KarenBrockman Sun 02-Mar-14 20:22:48

What type of soil do you have?

cairnterrier Sun 02-Mar-14 20:26:55

Connected to the guttering I think and the soil type is clay.

MILdesperandum Sun 02-Mar-14 20:33:03

Connected to the guttering it should be 5m away from the house, draining into a bed of gravel. I guess as it's clay soil it might be slow draining so the surveyor would look for evidence it is insufficient but AFAIK this is the main approved method for draining water (running into drains requires approval from water authority I believe). Is there a specific reason you are concerned?

cairnterrier Sun 02-Mar-14 20:47:30

I'd just never really heard of it before - I thought most houses (in suburban areas anyway) were connected to the mains drainage for surface water and foul drainage and just wanted to know if there were any things to watch out for and whether this was an usual state of affairs.

Thanks for your help by the way.

FunkyBarnYard Sun 02-Mar-14 20:53:14

If all your surface water drains into it you can get a rebate from your water authority smile

MILdesperandum Sun 02-Mar-14 20:54:45

If you get a chance to view in the rain (likely just now I suppose!) you can check the guttering and whether the soakaway seem to be coping OK (ie not overflowing which might indicate blockages). As far as I know unless your n a very built up area the preference is soakaways and you have to argue a case to run gutter water into a drain.

Good luck with the purchase!

cairnterrier Sun 02-Mar-14 21:24:05

Great, thanks for all the advice and help!

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