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Soakaway Crates

Drainage Sales sells the Rainsmart system of soakaway crates. Available either fully assembled or flat packed to save valuable space on site, there is a wide variety of design options to suit all types of different site requirements. In addition to the Rainsmart system we also stock Aquavoid and Polypipe Polystorm Soakaway crate systems.

Soakaway crates, or cells as they are sometimes referred to as, are now the most commonly used method of building a soakaway for both domestic housing and commercial applications.

Soakaway Crates Features & Benefits

Soakaways are a step forward in drainage technology, replacing traditional inefficient soakaways filled with hardcore and building waste and providing a safe and intelligent solution to rainwater management. The void ratio of a Rainsmart Soakaway is 95% - this means that 95% of the total soakaway space is used to hold rainwater.

Each individual Rainsmart Double module (there are 4 per cubic metre) holds 246 litres of rainwater. Polystorm water crates (5 per cubic metre) can hold 190 litres of water. The Aquavoid Crates have a holding capacity of 316 litres (3 per cubic metre). A 1 cubic metre soakaway is generally sufficient to drain an average roof area of 50sq metres in normal soil situations.

Soakaway crates have very high load bearing capacities and can installed under driveways and car parks. Our Rainsmart Ellipse crates have a vertical crush load capacity of 24 tonnes and an industry leading lateral load capacity (side loading) of 18 tonnes. Our heavy crate systems have a vertical load capacity of 65 tonnes!

Flat Pack Option

Our Rainsmart soakaway crates are available in a flat pack option for assembly on site. A standard 1 cubic metre soakaway should take around 10-12 minutes to assemble, the only tool required is a rubber mallet which we supply as part of the kit.

Flat Pack soakaways are slightly more cost effective as they are easier to and handle and transport. They are ideal for both large and small sites where space is at a premium.

Ellipse Double Soakaway Crate

Versatility of Soakaway Crates

The modular nature of soakaway crates helps builders and architects to create soakaways in a variety of shapes and designs, from shallow installations to soakaways that need to be installed in tight spots. You can even arrange the modules in a corner layout if you are very tight for space.

The outward facing surfaces of the crates should be wrapped in geotextile membrane to stop soil from entering and clogging up the system.

In order to form a 1 cubic metre soakaway (1m square x 1m deep) you would need 5 Polystorm crates, or 3 Aquavoid Crates..

Environmentally Friendly Soakaway Systems

Our Rainsmart Soakaway modules are eco-friendly, being made from recycled polypropylene. Well designed soakaways enhance water quality and play a crucial part in recharging groundwater supplies.

Lightweight and Quick to Install 

The crates are lightweight and can be installed by unskilled labour if required, without the need for heavy plant on site.


Soakaway Pipe EntrySoakaway Crate Connections

Our Rainsmart crates have a 160mm open pipe entry point. 110mm pipes simply rest on the bottom of this opening and we recommend that the pipe is inserted approximately 150mm into the opening. Geotextile membrane should be installed over the opening first and then a small cross should be cut in the membrane at the entry point with a sharp knife. Carefully peel back the membrane, insert the pipe and tape the membrane around the outside of the pipe for a clean joint. Pipe entry points do not affect the structural integrity of the soakaway in any way.

Polystorm and Aquavoid crates have knockout sections along the side to accommodate the incoming pipes. The process for cutting and taping the membrane around these knockouts is the same as for the Rainsmart crates. More details can be found in our Guides and Tips section.

Delivery of your Soakaway Crates

Please note that that our pre-assembled soakaways crates incur an additional £10 delivery charge due to their bulky nature. No additional charge is made for flat packed soakaway deliveries.

 

Drainage Sales sells the Rainsmart system of soakaway crates. Available either fully assembled or flat packed to save valuable space on site, there is a wide variety of design options to suit all types of different site requirements. In addition to the Rainsmart system we also stock Aquavoid and Polypipe Polystorm Soakaway crate systems. Soakaway crates, or cells as they are sometimes referred to as, are now the most commonly used method of building a soakaway for both domestic housing and commercial applications. Read more about Soakaway Crates

Soakaway Crates Features & Benefits

Soakaways are a step forward in drainage technology, replacing traditional inefficient soakaways filled with hardcore and building waste and providing a safe and intelligent solution to rainwater management. The void ratio of a Rainsmart Soakaway is 95% - this means that 95% of the total soakaway space is used to hold rainwater.

Each individual Rainsmart Double module (there are 4 per cubic metre) holds 246 litres of rainwater. Polystorm water crates (5 per cubic metre) can hold 190 litres of water. The Aquavoid Crates have a holding capacity of 316 litres (3 per cubic metre). A 1 cubic metre soakaway is generally sufficient to drain an average roof area of 50sq metres in normal soil situations.

Soakaway crates have very high load bearing capacities and can installed under driveways and car parks. Our Rainsmart Ellipse crates have a vertical crush load capacity of 24 tonnes and an industry leading lateral load capacity (side loading) of 18 tonnes. Our heavy crate systems have a vertical load capacity of 65 tonnes!

Flat Pack Option

Our Rainsmart soakaway crates are available in a flat pack option for assembly on site. A standard 1 cubic metre soakaway should take around 10-12 minutes to assemble, the only tool required is a rubber mallet which we supply as part of the kit.

Flat Pack soakaways are slightly more cost effective as they are easier to and handle and transport. They are ideal for both large and small sites where space is at a premium.

Ellipse Double Soakaway Crate

Versatility of Soakaway Crates

The modular nature of soakaway crates helps builders and architects to create soakaways in a variety of shapes and designs, from shallow installations to soakaways that need to be installed in tight spots. You can even arrange the modules in a corner layout if you are very tight for space.

The outward facing surfaces of the crates should be wrapped in geotextile membrane to stop soil from entering and clogging up the system.

In order to form a 1 cubic metre soakaway (1m square x 1m deep) you would need 5 Polystorm crates, or 3 Aquavoid Crates..

Environmentally Friendly Soakaway Systems

Our Rainsmart Soakaway modules are eco-friendly, being made from recycled polypropylene. Well designed soakaways enhance water quality and play a crucial part in recharging groundwater supplies.

Lightweight and Quick to Install 

The crates are lightweight and can be installed by unskilled labour if required, without the need for heavy plant on site.

Soakaway Crate Connections

Our Rainsmart crates have a 160mm open pipe entry point. 110mm pipes simply rest on the bottom of this opening and we recommend that the pipe is inserted approximately 150mm into the opening. Geotextile membrane should be installed over the opening first and then a small cross should be cut in the membrane at the entry point with a sharp knife. Carefully peel back the membrane, insert the pipe and tape the membrane around the outside of the pipe for a clean joint. Pipe entry points do not affect the structural integrity of the soakaway in any way.

Polystorm and Aquavoid crates have knockout sections along the side to accommodate the incoming pipes. The process for cutting and taping the membrane around these knockouts is the same as for the Rainsmart crates. More details can be found in our Guides and Tips section

Delivery of your Soakaway Crates

Please note that that our pre-assembled soakaways crates incur an additional £10 delivery charge due to their bulky nature. No additional charge is made for flat packed soakaway deliveries.

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Soakaway Set Rainsmart Ellipse 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed

Soakaway Set Rainsmart Ellipse 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed

From 3 reviews

Code: 90004M3F Size: 935 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£160.00 ex.VAT
£160.00 ex.VAT
From 3 reviews

Soakaway Set Rainsmart Ellipse 1 Cubic Metre Assembled

Soakaway Set Rainsmart Ellipse 1 Cubic Metre Assembled

From 1 reviews

Code: 90004M3 Size: 935 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£180.00 ex.VAT
£180.00 ex.VAT
From 1 reviews

Soakaway Crate Rainsmart Ellipse Flat-Packed

Soakaway Crate Rainsmart Ellipse Flat-Packed

Code: 90004F Size: 233.64 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£42.00 ex.VAT
£42.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate Rainsmart Ellipse Assembled

Soakaway Crate Rainsmart Ellipse Assembled

Code: 90004 Size: 233.64 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£45.00 ex.VAT
£45.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set (Heavy) Rainsmart 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed

Soakaway Set (Heavy) Rainsmart 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed

Code: STM02M3F Size: 943 Litres Brand: Rainsmart

£195.00 ex.VAT
£195.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set (Heavy) Rainsmart 1 Cubic Metre Assembled

Soakaway Set (Heavy) Rainsmart 1 Cubic Metre Assembled

Code: STM02M3 Size: 943 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£215.00 ex.VAT
£215.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) Rainsmart Flat-Packed

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) Rainsmart Flat-Packed

Code: STM02DF Size: 236 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£55.00 ex.VAT
£55.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) Rainsmart Assembled

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) Rainsmart Assembled

Code: STM02D Size: 236 Litres Capacity Brand: Rainsmart

£60.00 ex.VAT
£60.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set Shallow 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed (Option 1)

Soakaway Set Shallow 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed (Option 1)

Code: 90003F Size: 955 Litres Brand: Rainsmart

£175.00 ex.VAT
£175.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set Shallow 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed (Option 2)

Soakaway Set Shallow 1 Cubic Metre Flat-Packed (Option 2)

Code: 90003FV2 Size: 955 Litres Brand: Rainsmart

£175.00 ex.VAT
£175.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set 1 Cubic Metre For Heavier Soils Flat-Packed

Soakaway Set 1 Cubic Metre For Heavier Soils Flat-Packed

Code: 80001M3F Brand: Rainsmart

£250.00 ex.VAT
£250.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set 1 Cubic Metre For Heavier Soils

Soakaway Set 1 Cubic Metre For Heavier Soils

Code: 80001M3 Brand: Rainsmart

£270.00 ex.VAT
£270.00 ex.VAT

Nero Cell 30mm Drainage Cell (Single)

Nero Cell 30mm Drainage Cell (Single)

Code: 80001 Brand: Rainsmart

£4.50 ex.VAT
£4.50 ex.VAT

Nero Cell 30mm Drainage Cell (Pack of 8)

Nero Cell 30mm Drainage Cell (Pack of 8)

Code: 80001PK Brand: Rainsmart

£32.00 ex.VAT
£32.00 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate Ellipse Spare Large Plate

Soakaway Crate Ellipse Spare Large Plate

Code: 90001 Brand: Rainsmart

£4.11 ex.VAT
£4.11 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate Spare Small Plate

Soakaway Crate Spare Small Plate

Code: 90002 Brand: Rainsmart

£2.97 ex.VAT
£2.97 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate Spare Inspection Plate

Soakaway Crate Spare Inspection Plate

Code: 90040 Brand: Rainsmart

£2.97 ex.VAT
£2.97 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Base Plate

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Base Plate

Code: ST10001 Brand: Rainsmart

£6.09 ex.VAT
£6.09 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Side Plate

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Side Plate

Code: ST10002 Brand: Rainsmart

£4.11 ex.VAT
£4.11 ex.VAT

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Inner Plate

Soakaway Crate (Heavy) 65T Spare Inner Plate

Code: ST10004 Brand: Rainsmart

£3.18 ex.VAT
£3.18 ex.VAT

Soakaway Set (Heavy) 0.8 Cubic Metres (Polystorm)

Soakaway Set (Heavy) 0.8 Cubic Metres (Polystorm)

From 11 reviews

Code: PSM1KIT Size: 800 Litres Brand: Polypipe

£189.30 ex.VAT
£189.30 ex.VAT
From 11 reviews

Installation & Maintenance

How to Carry Out A Soil Percolation Test

How to Carry Out A Soil Percolation Test

Carrying out a soil percolation test to determine whether or not your soil conditions are suitable for the installation of a soakaway.

Building Your Soakaway - Key Points

Building Your Soakaway - Key Points

Once you have bought your soakaway set, the real fun starts. Its time to begin the installation. Take a look at what you need to consider.

Building Your Ellipse Soakaway Crate (Video)

Building Your Ellipse Soakaway Crate (Video)

Our Rainsmart crates are available flat-packed for easy assembly on site. Watch our video to find out just how easy they are to build.

Building Your 65T Heavy Soakaway Crate (Video)

Building Your 65T Heavy Soakaway Crate (Video)

Our Rainsmart 65T Heavy crates are available flat-packed for building on site. Watch our video to see how they go together.

Building Your Shallow Soakaway Crate (Video)

Building Your Shallow Soakaway Crate (Video)

Our Rainsmart crates come flat-packed for easy assembly on site. Watch our video to find out just how easy they are to build.

Connecting Your Soakaway Sets Together

Connecting Your Soakaway Sets Together

This short video from the PBSL Group explains how best to connect plastic soakaway crates together

Ellipse Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

Ellipse Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

Assembly instructions for your Rainsmart Ellipse Double Soakaway Crate. View information sheet and see installation guide.

Shallow Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

Shallow Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

Assembly instructions for your Rainsmart Ellipse Shallow Soakaway Crate. View information sheet and read installation guide.

65T Heavy Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

65T Heavy Soakaway Crate Assembly Instructions

Assembly instructions for your 65T Heavy Soakaway Crate System. Take a look and download PDF document.

How To Avoid A Blocked Soakaway

How To Avoid A Blocked Soakaway

Find out the how to identify a blocked soakaway and what precautions you can take to avoid it from doing so.

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