How to Prevent Flooding in Your Garage

Flooding can occur at any time. Whether it’s fall, spring, summer and winter, mother nature will not be kind when it comes to your garage. In the spring, garage flooding is especially common due to the thawing of snow and thunderstorms.

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Accumulation of excess water will hit your garage first, so it’s important to take steps into preventing flooding from occurring in your garage.

Weather-Stripping Maintenance is a Must

Using self-adhesive tape, rubber and vinyl tripping, is known as “weather-stripping”, used for maintaining garage temperature and fights against water intrusion. Minor flooding can be avoided by the seal at the bottom of the garage door.

However, due to years of exposure, the weather-stripping can wear off and will need replacement immediately. The stripping should be checked for cracks and require immediate replacement if there is damage.

Check Foundation Areas for Cracks and Damage

Despite it’s minimal visibility, cracks provide a space for water to seep through, causing vulnerability to your garage. If your foundation has cracks after inspecting the area, seal them with waterproof paint or vinyl concrete patch. A professional contractor should be used for much larger cracks.

Drainage Improvement Around Your Home

Your home becomes vulnerable to flooding when the street drain and gutters are overwhelmed with flood water. It’s important to have substantial drainage on your property if this were to occur. In front of your garage or alongside the driveway, you can install French drains to remove excess water from your home’s foundation.

Flood Invents Installed

If a severe storm were to occur, your flooding chances are increased and the garage door usually can’t withstand force exerted by strong floodwaters. To have the water flow through your garage from the outside, flood vents are a must. At a glance, it seems like a bad idea, but your home will be protected from water damage by allowing the garage to flood.

Sandbags or Floor Barriers

Around your property should have flood barriers installed. The flood barriers act as short dams, expanding when they come into contact with water, stopping low-level flooding. Sandbags when used properly can direct water away from the home.

If you have a basement, don’t forget about it, as that area is prone to flooding as well. These tips can be used to prevent flooding in the basement also. If you find your home needs repair from flood damage and mold, contact a professional.