What Types of Soil Drains Water Quickest?

Unfortunately, water can escape from drains and affect the soil surrounding it, potentially causing subsidence within our home.

You can help to avoid this by ensuring your drains are working as they should be, but also by choosing a soil that helps to drain any water quickly and efficiently. The ideal soil should have large and loosely spaces particles, to allow water to move quickly. Soils with small and dense particles will absorb the water rather than drain it.

We’ve put together the top soils and alternatives you should consider for quick draining.


Sand particles are so large that they can be seen with the naked eye. They’re rough which stops them from sticking together, and this means that there is plenty of space between the particles that allows water to flow through and drain away.


Like sand, silt particles are relatively large and leave gaps, so water can flow through easily. However, they do stick together more than sand, so they retain more water for longer periods of time. If you want to plant flowers, silt is more ideal than sand.


Clay is an extremely dense soil and has the least amount of drainage. Its particles are small, fine and stick together extremely easy, meaning although there are a lot of tiny spaces for water, it is difficult for the water to flow through.

The majority of soils are combinations of types. If you’re worried about subsidence in your home or are having problems with your drainage systems, we can help.

The team at We Love Drains can conduct CCTV surveys to diagnose any issues as well as repair and unblock your drains. For more information, or to talk to a member of the team about how we can help you, get in touch today by giving us a call on 0800 849 8099 or via our contact page.