Soakaway/drainage question
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Soakaway/drainage question

Post by TedPea » Wed Sep 13, 2023 8:18 am

Just clearing out a strip of no-man's-land at the side of my elderly mum's garage, where my dad had hidden timber and bricks for years.
It's slightly lower than next door's driveway and looks like water accumulates there.
The garage is a single course of brick with a concrete floor, and isn't particularly damp.
Immediately to the rear of the garage, the garden has slight waterlogging issues during heavy rain, and would probably benefit from a soakaway somewhere.

The best thing to do is leave well alone, but I did think of digging up the soil at the side of the garage and filling the trench with gravel. (8inch by 8inch?)
However, I gather soakaways are a no-no near a wall.
This is a single course outhouse wall though.

Another option would be to put a French drain in a trench and take the water to a soakaway further from the garage.
I don't know what the rules are on French drains and walls.

A third option would be surface channel and a remote soakaway but I'll need to get the inline right.

Any advice would be gratefully accepted.
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Re: Soakaway/drainage question

Post by stoneyboy » Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:07 pm

Hi tedpea,
If the current water accumulation is not giving damp issues in the wall, leave well alone. If you still want to take action a French drain would be the best option provided you can find a suitable place for a soakaway.
Regards S

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