Prevent Garage Flooding
As we continue into the rainy season of fall, we must consider the possibility that our area could suffer from floods. Flooding is the most common natural disaster; in 2011 alone, there was over $8 billion in flood damage, with the numbers continuing to rise. We want to help you protect your home and garage from flooding. Following these simple tips could save you thousands of dollars in repairs in the event of a flood.
Seal Leaks or Cracks
The first thing you want to do is ensure that all leaks and cracks are repaired not only on the floor but also on the walls and roof. If there is a crack anywhere, water will find it! For small cracks and holes, you will likely be able to DIY the repair, but we suggest hiring a professional for larger projects to make sure they are done correctly.
The second preventive action you can take to protect your garage against flooding is by installing proper drainage. Depending on the layout of your home and the level of flooding you could receive, proper drainage could include a French drain. A French drain goes right in front of your garage door to collect any water and redirects it away from your home. Drainage could also include landscaping methods where you create channels for the water to flow or use porous materials to absorb excess water.
Inspect your Garage Door
While no garage floor is 100% flood-proof, you can take steps to ensure that your door can block as much damage as possible. Begin by inspecting your garage door. If it has any cracks, gaps, or holes, they need to be repaired. In addition, be sure to check the weather stripping and bottom seal for wear and tear. If it looks too used and abused, you can have it replaced.
You may also want to consider installing a threshold seal. A threshold seal attaches to the garage floor instead of the door and is an even stronger barrier against water.
Replace your Garage Door
If your garage door has any rot, warping, severe dents, loose panels, or is just too old to be repaired, it may be time to get a replacement. Speaking with a garage door specialist will help you to choose the best door for you. Installations of new garage doors are quick and could easily save you thousands of dollars down the road.
Prepare for a Flood
If you know that there is a flood coming, you can take extra measures to protect your home throughout the event’s duration. The use of flood barriers, tarps, and sandbags can prevent water from entering your home and garage.
Whether you know a flood is coming or not, you should always be prepared to protect your special items. We highly suggest practicing strategic storing where you keep garage-stored items in waterproof bins lifted off the floor. If a flood does happen, your precious memories won’t get ruined.