The garage is one of the most vulnerable spaces that can suffer from water damage in your home, yet it rarely gets the attention it describes. Preventative measures are necessary to ensure that your garage is not exposed to the catastrous effects that unwelcome water can have if it makes its way in. There are even some things that you can do to reduce the amount of damage your garage will sustain if water does make it past the barbers that you have put in place.
If you take some time to think about it, it really should be no surprise that your garage is so vulnerable to suffering from something as destructive as water damage. Garage doors are usually not sealed as tightly as the rest of the exterior doors on your house. The garage is also a room where people are not as careful about tracking water in, especially when you consider the fact that you often pull your car into the garage when it is pouring down rain outside. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the amount of water related issues that your garage is subjected to.
The first thing that you should do when making your garage less vulnerable to the invasion of water is to replace any seals or weatherstriping around the exterior doors, especially the large metal door. You may want to even upgrade the seals that are on your doors if the existing ones do not seem to be doing their job well enough. Also, you will want to fill any cracks in the floor or along the bottom of the foundation where water may be able to eventually come in through. If heavy rains bring water to stand in front of your garage, you should add a storm drain along the ground in front of the area where the water is usually found standing. This will route the water that is flowing toward your garage safely in another direction.
Simply changing some of your habits may also be beneficial. If it is raining outside, try to remember to keep the big garage door closed unless it is absolutely necessary to open it. If you do have to open it for any reason, try to close it back again as quickly as possible. The less amount of time that outer doors are left open in your garage, the less opportunity that water has to flow in. If you have had a park a wet car in the garage or open the door for any reason while it was raining and let water in, be sure to open it after the rain has stopped so it can air dry as much as possible.
Another great precautionary measure that you can take to protect your garage from water damage is applying a water proofing sealant to the garage floor. After all, the floor is the most likely place in your garage to come in contact with water. This is the final step that you will need to take to ensure that your garage will not be harmed to the damage that unwanted water can bring.