Soak Hole Clearing

Drain Ninjas are highly experienced with soak hole cleaning and maintenance. Our team will locate and clear blocked soak holes quickly, and have the expertise to advise on when repairs or rebuilding are required. Call us today on 0800 4 NINJA

Excellent work and very friendly.


Very little to say; arrived on time, friendly couple, efficient, and quickly solved the problem for me. Had to use the hydro jet on the problem, and the bill when it came was much less than my plumber had estimated it would be.


I never leave reviews, but troy was well above expectations in his knowledge, experience and approach that i felt compelled to.


Finally a tradesman who is fabulous. I called. Troy actually came as planned. It was clear from the first interaction that he was genuine and knew what from what not. Troy identified the problem within seconds – believe that !! He tested. He checked GIS. The broken swer pipe, while on my property, is not mine to fix. Troy said he would not charge me for coming to id the problem. I only hope the outfit the neighbour gets to fix the broken sewer line is Troy’s company. Troy even said he was… available up to 7pm if I wanted to talk about it after talking to the neighbour. So refreshing to meet Troy who prided himself in telling me he owns the company.


Lifesavers, 100% recommend, make these guys your first call if you have a blockage – I wish we had. eW called for a second opinion. Fixed the problem super quick with friendly service.


The service I receive from Drain Ninjas has always been awesome, efficient and prompt..I highly recommend them.
Thanks guys for a great service, reasonable prices and awesome communication.


What Are Soak Holes?

Soak holes are an alternative means for getting rid of stormwater for properties that don’t have a connection to public stormwater drainage. They are surprisingly common throughout the Auckland region, and like most drainage systems, people often have no idea they are there until they start to go wrong.

Properties in areas with a lot of volcanic rock often never receive a public stormwater connection because it is very difficult to excavate and put down the necessary pipes. At the same time, the hard, porous rock allows water to easily pass through. Soak holes come in a variety of forms, but generally work by creating a pathway down the bedrock and allowing collected stormwater to seep into the land. Soak holes are not used only in rural areas – they are common in Auckland suburbs with volcanic land, such as Onehunga and Mt Eden.

Potential Issues With Soak Holes

Soak holes are effective and safe stormwater drainage systems, but like other systems they use a filtering grate, which will become clogged over the years with leaves and sediment and eventually stop draining. Most homeowners don’t know whether or not they have a soak hole, but once it becomes blocked you will start to see stormwater flowing out of spouting and driveway cesspits. This needs to be addressed urgently – if heavy prolonged rain comes, your property will be at risk of flooding.

How We Can Help

Drain Ninjas are highly experienced when it comes to soak hole clearing. Using a vacuum truck we quickly remove any blockages and excess water, getting your drainage up and running again quickly. We will also advise you on the type of soak hole you have and how often clearing may be required. Maintenance is only required once every 5-10 years: exactly how often depends on the area you live in. But maintenance can help to prevent sudden blockages and keep your property’s stormwater drainage working for longer.

Soak holes can last approximately 40-50 years if properly maintained, but will eventually need to be replaced. Once we have cleared and checked your soak hole we will let you know if it is starting to deteriorate and in need of replacement. We are able to put you in touch with expert soak hole builders if required.

Need Your Soak Holes Cleared?

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0800 475 008

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