How to keep your soak well running smoothly

A soakwell plays a crucial role in managing water on your property. It ensures that excess water is safely drained to prevent flooding and water buildup. Regular maintenance is required to keep your soakwell functioning optimally. In this article, we provide some tips to keep your soakwell running smoothly.

Regular Inspection

It is important to inspect your soakwell regularly, especially after heavy rain. Watch for signs of overflow or water not draining quickly enough. These may be indications that your soakwell is clogged or not functioning properly.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Over time, various elements like soil, leaves, and other debris can collect in your soakwell, leading to potential blockages. To ensure unhindered water flow, it’s advisable to clean your soakwell annually. This cleaning can be accomplished using a high-pressure washer or, for more challenging clogs, it may be wise to consult a professional.

Grounds Maintenance

It is also important to maintain the area around your soakwell. This includes regularly removing leaves and other debris that can clog your soakwell. In addition, improving the quality of the soil around your soakwell can also help improve its infiltration capacity.

Correct Installation

If your soakwell consistently has problems, it may not have been installed correctly. A soakwell must be placed at the proper depth and surrounded with the proper material to function efficiently. Dobson Excavations is here to help to make sure it is installed correctly.

Professional Inspections

While many aspects of soakwell maintenance can be done on your own, it can be helpful to periodically call in Dobson for a professional inspection. We have the expertise to identify potential problems early and can offer advice on how best to maintain your soakwell.

Environmental Impact

When maintaining your soakwell, it is also essential to consider the environmental impact. Pollutants found in rainwater can eventually end up in the soil if discharged through the soakwell. Therefore, it is important to keep harmful chemicals and solvents away from the drainage system. Use environmentally friendly cleaners and limit the use of pesticides and herbicides in areas that may drain to your soakwell.


The soakwell plays a critical role in any property, especially those situated in regions susceptible to substantial rainfall. It not only safeguards your property against potential water-related damage but also contributes to environmental conservation. By diligently maintaining it and understanding its importance, you can help your soakwell function effectively, thereby ensuring the longevity of your property’s protection.

Keeping your soakwell running smoothly is an essential part of maintaining your home. By paying attention to regular inspections, cleaning, maintenance of the surrounding area, and installation of useful additions such as filters, you can ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your system. Although maintaining a soakwell requires some effort, the protection it provides against potential water damage is well worth it.



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