Can a Soakaway be built in clay soil?
I am the maintainance supervisor at an apartment complex. We have had a water problem in the basement crawlspaces for some years. The owner has now agreed to fix the problem. My question is can a soakaway (drywell) be built successfully in clay soil? We had a landscape contractor come in and say yes if the soakaway is large enough. But we have also had a general contractor come in and say definitely no. We have had several other contractors come in but all with different ideas.
If you know of any websites that would be great too. Any help with this is appreciated.
We have installed a sump pump in the basement but we are trying to prevent the water from even entering the crawlspace.
- I need to replace an old blocked soakaway from my cesspit any advice?
I’ve got a cesspit which is probably about 50 years old but over the last 6 months or so the soakaway has stopped working, so i need to replace it with a new one as I have a blocked soakaway. Various people have suggested using perforated pipe / slotted pipe which is fine but how long do i need to make the run of pipe and what do i need to pack around the pipe to create the soakaway?. How much of a fall do i need to put on the pipe? I do get the cesspit emptied regularly so this is only for the waste water and the land I’ve got drains really well, any advice would be great, cheers. Really need to fix this blocked soakaway soon....