Rainsmart Ellipse Soakaway Crate Flat-Packed - Shallow
|Tonne Loading||24.2 Tonne|
|Dimension||715mm (L) x 400mm (W) x 440mm (D)|
|Capacity||Up to 500 Litres|
|Lateral Load (Tonnes per sqm)||18|
|Soakaway Depth||Shallow (440mm)|
Our Rainsmart crates are available flat-packed for easy assembly on site. Assembly of each crate takes approximately 1-2 minutes using a rubber mallet (supplied free of charge if you buy our 1 cubic metre soakaway sets).
Take a quick look at how easy assembly is:
Size, load and capacity
Each crate has an overall area of approximately 0.125 cubic metres, enabling 8 crates to be used together to make a 1 cubic metre soakaway.
The Rainsmart soakaway crate has an impressive void ratio of 95%. This is the amount of free space within the crate structure that can be used for rainwater storage. Each crate has a capacity of 119.47 Litres.
The vertical crush load capacity of 24.2 tonnes per square metre ensures that the Rainsmart Ellipse crates are safe to be used beneath gardens and pedestrian areas. The lateral crush load of 18 tonnes per square metre is the best of any type of soakaway crate.
Joining crates together
Clips are not required to hold the crates together, we recommend the use of cable ties to hold the crates in situ until the side fill is introduced. No clips on any crate system are structural, it is the side fill which holds the installation in place. Cable Ties are included with our 1m³ Soakaway Sets but if you are ordering individual crates and need to join them together you should order the ties separately.
All outward facing crate surfaces should be always wrapped in non-woven geotextile membrane, which allows the free passage of water but prevents any soil or sand particles from entering the soakaway, maintaining its long term efficiency.
Connecting Pipes to Soakaways
The 110mm (or 160mm) drainage pipe is fed into the soakaway via the pipe entry plate on the end crate. 110mm pipes simply rest on the bottom of the opening - we suggest that the pipe is inserted approximately 150mm inside the crate. Geotextile membrane should first be installed over the whole structure and then a small cross should be cut in the membrane in the centre of the entry point with a sharp knife. Carefully peel back the membrane, insert the pipe and tape or clamp the membrane tightly around the outside of the pipe to stop the ingress of any soil particles.
For a closer look at Soakaway Crates in general, including installation tips, please take a look at our video.
Consider a pre-filter
To maintain your soakaway and extend its working life you should ideally incorporate into the system a pre-filter such as our Sentinel Silt Trap. Empty the filter on a regular basis, you will be surprised at how much silt it retains.
Orders placed by 12.00 noon will be delivered the next working day. Orders placed at weekends will be delivered on the following Tuesday. Read our delivery details for further information.
Our Returns Policy
You can return any items for a full refund (excluding any carriage charges) within 28 days of your purchase - the only exception being specially manufactured items such as fabricated gutter angles or profiles which cannot be returned. All returned items must be unused and in saleable condition. You should include a copy of your original purchase invoice with any goods that you return.
Please note that you are responsible for the cost of returning unwanted items. If you are unsure of how to go about arranging a carrier please let us know so that and we can assist you with this, although you should be aware that we cannot be held responsible for any carrier losses or damages prior to the goods being checked in at our warehouse.
Please click here to download a Goods Returns Form which you should enclose with any returned items. Our full postal address for returns is detailed on the Goods Returns Form.
Once the goods have been checked back into our warehouse we will arrange for the credit/debit card that you used for your original purchase to be refunded. Please allow fourteen days for the refund to be processed. Any items that have been ordered specially are excluded from this guarantee, as are any goods that are delivered ex-works such as sewage treatment plants or rainwater harvesting systems.
Read our returns policy for further details.
Our Returns Policy For Cast Iron Products From Hargreaves Foundry Products
If you wish to return any of our Cast Iron products, then please contact us as soon as possible. We can then liaise with the manufacturer and issue a returns form which will need to be returned to Hargreaves alongside the products. Our cast iron products come direct from Hargreaves Foundry (HF) in Halifax so returns will need to go directly back to them.
All return requests must be notified within 90 days of the goods being dispatched from HF and all damaged items must be notified within 24 hours of receipt of goods. All items must be returned in a saleable condition. Once agreed, the goods must be returned within 14 days from the date stated on the Return Form.
Please note that any bespoke items or specially painted RAL coloured items or Mech 416 Soil System pipes are non-returnable. Please be aware that all returns for Cast Iron Gutters and Soil & Drainage will incur a re-stocking charge of between 25% & 30% for exact details please view our Hargreaves returns policy.
The % charged is based on the net selling price of the original goods - this charge is unfortunately out of our control as it is levied on us by the manufacturer.
For full terms and conditions related to cast iron returns please consult our Hargreaves returns policy.