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Summer is on its way out, and we are about to welcome Autumn. If you have always lived in the UK, you will be no stranger to the amount of rainfall that comes throughout the Autumn.
October to January are the wettest months of the year, and flash-flooding is becoming a more frequent scenario. While we still have some degree of sunshine and warm weather, now is the best time to start prepping and flood-proof your garage.
If you are unsure of the most effective ways to prevent water damage, keep reading to see our favourite garage flooding solutions:
Over time, gutters and drains on the street or your home can become blocked with debris, and this results in drainage quickly becoming overwhelmed when it rains.
When your gutters or drains struggle to channel the rainfall, the water will start to overflow, and your garage has a higher risk of flooding. Inspecting your pipes for blockages of standing water, leaves, litter or gravel, and rectifying it can assist in garage flood prevention.
We also recommend installing french drains near your garage and home. French Drains act as a trench, and they help to direct the rainwater away from your property.
You should inspect the foundations of your garage and home closely to identify cracks or any other problems. Water will seep into the smallest of cracks, so make your inspection thorough if you want to prevent garage flooding.
If you do stumble upon any holes or cracks in the foundations of your home, seal them waterproof paint or vinyl concrete patches. If the cracks are large and you don't think waterproof paint or vinyl will be adequate, call in a professional contractor for effective garage flood prevention.
Installing high-quality weatherstripping such as garage door seals, brush strips and window seals are a cost-effective yet excellent way to combat any garage flooding problems.
Garage door floor seals don't only prevent water from entering under your garage door, but will also halt snow, wind, dust, debris and pests from accessing your garage.
Weatherstripping can become damaged through wear and tear as time passes by, and if this is the case, it is extremely easy for water and other elements to pass through. Therefore, you should inspect any fitted weatherstripping and replace when necessary. Or if you are a first-timer, now is the perfect time to start installing window and door seals or door brushes.
If you have followed all of the above measures, but mother nature is hammering down the rain, you could use sandbags or flood barriers as and when needed. Sand bags don't need to be a permanent feature of your garage, but if the rainfall is abnormally heavy, they are a great garage door floor barrier.