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Spring Cleaning Kent’s Soakaways


The volatile issue of water management is under review. Flood prevention strategies are being drawn up by DEFRA but in the meanwhile what we can do is maintain the framework that is in place and make it as effective as possible. Clearing soakaways and gullies, developing new flood prevention and maintaining the sewers all contribute to keeping Kent safe. Kent has been dreadfully affected by the winter’s flooding. Hydro Cleansing is proud to have been there 24/7 clearing the flood water and keeping homes safe. Hopefully as Spring approaches the flooding will lessen.
















HCL, on behalf of Amey, are providing the backbone of drainage maintenance in the valleys of Kent. Some HGV drivers would fear to drive in the tracks of our HGVs, for fear of getting stuck at the bottom of a hill. Hydro Cleansing’s experienced engineers had no such trouble. We are determined to continue to maintain Kent’s infrastructure.

One of today’s jobs was to clear a soakaway and dispose of the waste.

Soakaway Kent2

As the lambs skipped, the rabbits ran and the pheasants dithered in front of the vehicles; HCL’s tanker made its way safely to the soakaway’s location. With the covers removed, the vacuuming and jetting began. The surface waste was taken away by vacuum suction. Once the remaining waste was of a density that could support a person; the engineers prepared for the confined space work. The engineer who would be entering the soakaway readied himself. He was secure in the dry suit. He wrapped the harness around his legs and arms and across his back. Prepared and up for it, he was attached to the winch and the Top Man began lowering him into the confined space. As he was lowered into the soakaway the harness held him tightly and a moment later he was knee deep in the sludge.
Confined Space1CS Soakaway


He directed the suction hose and jetted the weep holes. High pressure jetting loosened the silt and allowed it to be vacuumed away. An hour and a half later the soakaway was cleared. 7 tonnes of waste had been loaded onto the tanker for disposal.





























The weighted tanker drove steadily up the hill. Its chevrons gleamed in the lessening afternoon light as the gradient of the hill challenged its might. The tanker safely cleared the valley and took its load back to HCL for tipping into the waste treatment plant.

With professionalism, efficiency and determination the engineers delivered the results. You have to see the incredible power of our tankers to believe what they can do.




There is estimated to be more than 5 million pump stations, across London and the South East, which collect and feed waste through the vast complex of sewers, drains, pipes and treatment plants. The average person uses 150 litres of water per day, which when multiplied by the 8 million people living in the South East of England perhaps gives some insight into the miracle beneath our feet.

Our drainage systems must be capable of handling waste water, rubbish, rain and anything else that comes its way, filtering, cleaning and ferrying the water through networks stretching miles, redelivering that clean water back to our homes whenever we turn a tap. When you consider also that London is Europe’s most densely populated metropolis, with the greatest level of growth and some of the oldest infrastructure, perhaps again you realise just how clever the utilities industry is.

The modern day miracle which is our current system has coped so well for so long but in order to ensure this continues it is vital that recognition is given to the following key issues:

  •  Pump stations maintenance
  • Gullies and drain clearance and inspection
  • Soakaway cleaning and maintenance
  • Car park interceptor inspection and servicing
  • Internal building drain cleaning
  • Fat and grease is captured in traps which are emptied regularly, avoiding pollution

By managing our drainage infrastructure cohesively, we can:

  • Mitigate the risk of floods
  • Reduce pollution of our waterways
  • Reduce insurance claims and rising premiums
  • Prevent slips, trips, and falls
  • Reduce repair costs from failed infrastructure
  • Reduce the risk of loss of trade

Hydro Cleansing was built for London and all that London can throw at it. Our fleet encompasses the broadest range of technology in the market and is capable of dealing with the deepest flood, through to the highest blocked toilet.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience we offer services designed to your specific needs, committing ourselves to providing an unrivalled, cost effective service, causing minimal disruption.

Naturally, we hope our range our services may be of interest to you, so if we can be of any further assistance, you wish to book an appointment or receive a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 256 5844 or visit our website www.hydro-cleansing.com