Warm sunshine, freshly cut grass, and birds singing are a sweet melody of spring. The lifeblood to make all this happen is water; unfortunately, when it rains, it pours. Depending on your location, you may be the heart of flood season, whether it is due to increased rain or from the snow in the mountains melting. Either way, if you live in a common flood zone, you want to do whatever you can to protect your home, which includes your garage.
Actions to Protect Your Garage Against Spring Flooding
1. Create proper drainage
One of the first steps you need to protect your garage against flooding is to create proper drainage. Hopefully, your drainage methods will keep water from approaching your garage in the first place. Some drainage methods may include landscape channels or porous materials. Depending on your home’s layout, like if you sit right in the path of water, you may want to consider having a French drain installed. A French drain sits right before your garage door to collect and redirect water.
2. Seal leaks or cracks
Water, while lifegiving, can be incredibly destructive. Your best option is not to give it the opportunity to wreak havoc. Therefore, the second step is to seal any leaks or cracks. We are talking floors, ceilings, walls, windows, and even the pavement of your driveway. Seal them all up tight!
3. Inspect your garage door
Unfortunately, garage doors are not flood poof, but there are actions that you can take to minimize the damage to your garage. You will want to begin by inspecting your garage door. Repair any cracks, holes, or gaps. Next, replace worn weatherstripping and the bottom seal. Lastly, you may want to consider adding a threshold seal to the garage floor to create a stronger barrier against an upcoming flood.
However, if your garage door is getting old and worn down, it may be time for a replacement. Old doors simply can’t stand the pressure of a flood and will fail faster. It may be in the best interest of your home and garage if you upgrade your door before a flood happens.
4. Prepare for a flood
The fourth and final step is to prepare for a flood. You can use floor barriers, sandbags, and tarps to stop water from entering your home and garage.
There is a good chance that you will receive a flood warning in advance. We suggest stocking up on supplies BEFORE this happens, so you don’t have to make a mad dash to the store like everyone else. That way, when the warning arrives, you will have time to set up your home quickly and efficiently.
It is important to recognize that these barriers may only be temporary, so you should practice strategic storage in your garage. Strategic storing involves using shelves and waterproof bins to store your essential belongings up and away from any water that may sneak in.
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