Floods can happen at any time of year. Flooding becomes more common in areas that see snow melt and storms at the beginning of spring.
Your garage can become a major problem if excess water builds up around your home. This could lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage. Here are some tips to prevent your garage flooding.
- Keep weatherstripping around your garage door. This includes self-adhesive tape, rubber and vinyl strips. It provides protection from water intrusion and maintains the garage temperature. Your garage will be protected from minor flooding by the seal at its bottom. Weatherstripping can wear over time and should be replaced as soon as possible. If you notice cracks or damage to the stripping, replace it.
- Inspect your foundation for cracks or damage. They allow water to seep through, making your home more susceptible to flooding. Check your foundation for cracks. Seal them with waterproof paint, or a vinyl concrete patch. Call a professional contractor if you find larger cracks.
- Improve drainage around your home. Floodwater can cause flooding in your home if the drains and street gutters become clogged with flood water. It is crucial to ensure that your property has adequate drainage. French drains can be installed in front of your garage or along your driveway to transport water away from the foundation of your home.
- Install flood vents. Flood vents are necessary to prevent flooding from occurring during severe storms. Your garage door will not be able to withstand the powerful floodwaters. Flood vents allow floodwater from the outside to flow freely through your garage. Flood vents, even though it may seem bad, are intended to protect your home from water damage.
- Flood barriers and sandbags can be used. Flood barriers can be installed around your property. These flood barriers act as short dams and expand when they come in contact with water. They can help prevent low-level flooding. Sandbags can be used to direct water away from your house if they are properly used.
Your basement is another area that is susceptible to flooding.