You may be wondering if your block paved driveway needs drainage. There are a couple of different ways to solve this problem, including installing a soak pit or channel in the paving, or resiststalling the whole thing. In this article, we’ll look at the latter two methods in more detail. We’ll also discuss the importance of a soak pit for driveways, and how to avoid the worst mistakes by installing one yourself.
Resiststalling a block paved driveway
To ensure a long-lasting, level drive, you need to install the right drainage system for your block paved driveway. Driveways must have some sort of drainage system, either natural drainage such as a lawn, or a hard one such as Aco drains. It is important to remember that driveways are often targeted areas for rainfall, and it is important to allow water to flow off. This is because if the water is not directed off, it can saturate the tarmac, moss over, or erode the sand beneath your block paving.
Many DIY channel drainage systems on the market are not strong enough to bear weight and can damage the block paving surface. A soak pit must be dug at least one metre deep to prevent water from soaking into the driveway. It should also be big enough to catch a significant amount of water. A soak pit can handle significant volumes of water, but a concrete drain will not blend in with block paving.
Creating a channel within the paving
A drainage system is important in any driveway, whether it’s natural like a lawn or hard like an Aco drain. Rain is a big issue for driveways, so it’s vital that water drains away. If water is unable to drain away properly, it can cause damage to the driveway, tarmac or block paving. Water can also damage a driveway’s appearance by eroding the sand underneath. A channel within block paving can help to prevent these problems by directing water away from the surface.
A dished channel is a good option for this purpose. The dished channel provides a gentle gradient and will channel water away from the driveway to soakaways within a property boundary. Dished channels also blend into the design without detracting from the overall effect. If you want a channel that is slightly deeper than the block paving, you should choose an Aco drain. However, a concrete drain won’t blend well with block paving.
Installing a soak pit
Before constructing a soak pit for a block paving driveway, it’s important to consider the slope of the driveway. Driveways adjacent to houses must be 100mm below the damp course layer. Make sure that you mark all utilities before digging. Be careful not to damage any underground water supply lines. The pit should be no deeper than the block paving. It will keep your driveway dry by draining rainwater away safely.
Permeable block paving, also known as’soak pit’, is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional driveways. It allows water to soak into the sub-base and return to the surface. Unlike other types of driveways, permeable block paving is not a weedy problem, and you don’t need to worry about planning permission. It is also possible to install a permeable driveway in rainy conditions without worrying about it becoming damaged by the water.
Creating a natural drainage system
The first step is to create a soak pit. Dig a hole approximately one metre wide by one metre deep. The hole should be back filled with coarse stone or rubble. It should be at least five metres deep, deeper than the soil or hitting a rock bed. After the hole has been filled, connect the pipe to drains. Using a soak pit will allow water to soak for a considerable amount of time. Concrete or Aco drains can also be used, but they do not blend in with block paving.
Another method of creating a natural drainage system for a block-paved driveway is to install a channel against the brickwork of the home. This channel will prevent water from draining onto the adjacent masonry. The channel must be v-shaped, and levels must be maintained. Block paving should be lowered by 20mm, and slabs should be 30mm backwards.
Getting planning permission
Before you get started on your block paved driveway project, you should get planning permission for your driveway. The process of obtaining planning permission for your driveway will take about eight weeks unless there is a backlog. However, getting planning permission will ensure your driveway is compliant from the start, leaving you to focus on the rest of your property’s outside space. Read on to learn more about the process.
When you get planning permission for your block paved driveway, you will be asked to adhere to specific rules that will help your project go ahead smoothly. Many of these rules are aimed at preventing any long-term problems, including flooding and reduced visibility on adjoining roads. This is why it is so important to read up on planning regulations for your project before you begin. There are also a number of other considerations you should be aware of, before obtaining planning permission.