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Our Work

The images below showcase our work and what it looked like prior to soakwell installation. These are all Perth based projects.

Project Details:

Supply x3 1500 x 1200 Soakwells – 2,050L ea (1,050kgs ea) with a 5t excavator

Perth Soakwell Installation

 

We supply and install all types and sizes of concrete and polypropylene soakwells for your drainage needs.

Polypropylene is a quality concrete replacement that is environmentally friendly and we source it from 100% Australian owned and manufactured businesses. It is durable and suited for smaller lots as it is configurable and has a 50% faster flow rate into the surrounding soil whilst reducing erosion to zero.

 

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Concrete Soakwell installation

 

What is a Soakwell?

A soakwell is essentially an underground tank that permits water to seep away without the surrounding areas being damaged. Basically, rain water from an impermeable ground area or from the roof of a dwelling will travel via storm water piping to an underground tank or soakwell while seeping gently into the surrounding soil. On virtually most outdoor habitations, soakwells are connected to downpipes which lead from gutters.

What are Soakwells made of?

Soakwells are typically made of polypropylene, concrete, plastic or PVC and might be found without or with lids or concrete pavers that will resist the pressure from above. The size of a soakwell might range anywhere from 66 litres all the way up to 5000 litres!

How are Soakwells Installed?

Typically, soakwells are below ground 500mm to 300mm with the bottom edges varying in depth anywhere from 500mm to 2,4m. Even in drainage areas that are excellent, soakwells are essential as rains truly heavy often cause disturbance of landscaping and paving. And water retention on your property that is long term may cause moisture problems and foundation damage.

What do Soakwells do?

Anyone that has ever pointed their garden house at a patch of soil quickly sees the rapid landscape damage and erosion that will occur. You can then understand that when down the gutters of a building the water from a storm is rushing and pouring out onto the soil, the soil erosion will be difficult to rectify over time. And even if below the gutters paving exists, below the soil will start to flow away and of course this will lead to paving sagging.

Soakwells prevent soil erosion as they provide a storage container below ground for excess water to run into. The soakwell then distributes water underground evenly.

When Should Soakwells be Installed?

In Perth, prior to the construction of a new house, the homeowner or builder should give serious thought to the storm-water runoff that is going to result from the new construction roof and impermeable area.

Prior to construction , rainwater would have soaked into the ground and then dispersed. After construction however, on surfaces like driveways, paving or a roof the rainwater will land and above the ground gather as it has nowhere to flow to. Any area capable of absorbing water is going to be absorbing a greater amount and this inevitably will lead to soil erosion, flooding and the foundations being undermined.

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Preparing for installation

 

What are the laws regarding Drainage in Perth?

In Perth, the legislation states that all storm-water that on a property lands, is on the same property to be retained. This basically means that the property’s water may not flow onto any other properties be they neighboring or public.

How the water can be retained by the Perth property owner can be in a number of different ways.

The tried and tested traditional method that is used most often is to use soakwells. When Versatile Civil Works is chosen to do the job, we make certain that the rainfall you experience will move on to a soakwell system that will properly lead to the correct dispersion of your property water. Between the shires and councils with the responsibility for different areas, the exact volume recommended or required will differ. Different factors like the zoning of your property, building size, council storm-water capacity, residential density, type of soil and other different factors are considered.

Of course this is just a guide and for full legal counsel you should speak to a qualified builder or landcorp who will be able to assist further. Versatile Civil Works does understand how to install a drainage system that is compliant to Western Austrlian building regulations.

Other Terms for Soakwells

Very often soakwells are referred to as storm pits, storm tanks, soak holes, drainage pits and even sock wells. Used to catch and disperse water they are underground tanks and typically they gain the water from gutters, downpipes and surface drains.

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Soakwell installed in a Perth home

What’s the Difference Between Rainwater Tanks and Soakwells?

From rainwater tanks the soakwells differ in that making rainwater for later use is not their intention. Instead they are fashioned so as to channel water that comes from above the ground to a different location which is under the ground and where it will then disperse into the surrounding soil or will dissipate.

We supply and install all types and sizes of concrete and polypropylene soakwells for your drainage needs.

Polypropylene is a quality concrete replacement that is environmentally friendly and we source it from 100% Australian owned and manufactured businesses. It is durable and suited for smaller lots as it is configurable and has a 50% faster flow rate into the surrounding soil whilst reducing erosion to zero.

Contact Us Today For a Free Quote

Call us today on +61 447 063 335 or complete a contact form to get a free quote on soakwell installation for your Perth home.

 

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Versatile Civil Works
Safety Bay, 6169 Rockingham, Australia

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