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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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Water on garage floor from snow-melt. What to do?

Two-car garage. Cars pull in with snow, fenderbergs, wet stuff.

Snow melts, floor covers in water. No floor drain, and the concrete has random lowspots, so water pools in several spots, but doesn't run to the door.

Last year, I did a lot of squeegeeing. This year, I glued pressure-treated 1x2's to the floor (creating a containment wall), and sealed the wood with good sealant.

The water now stays within the borders I created, but I have to shop-vac GALLONS of water every day, along with still squeegeeeing towards door.

Those of you who park in a garage, what have you done to deal with this?

I was thinking of cutting grooves in the concrete, that lead to the door. I don't know enough about construction to know whether that would turn into a very bad idea (it certainly would lead to ice out in the driveway).

(We're talking about a LOT of water here. One mudflap-iceberg can contain almost a gallon of water)

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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:11 PM   #2
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have you looked into installing a pump, the type people run in their basements for flooding?..the proper name escapes me right now..On a heavy round of vicodin,. hahah
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:13 PM   #3
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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it's a garage, how is water effecting it? does your garage get below freezing? i've never seen one with a drain, the water in mine just evaporates.
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:19 PM   #5
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A pump might work, the problem would be.. where to dig the hole. There are 3 main pooling locations, each one te or so feet from eachother.
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:20 PM   #6
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If possible you can run hot water to a garden hose and spray off the chunks if ice/snow while the cars are still outside?
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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That is why Garages have concrete floors and are supposed to have a 4" lip at the walls and at the front.

Should dry up pretty good....
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Unread 12-16-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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Get some concrete or portland mix and fill in the low spots.
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Mine evaporates even when it is in the negatives. It's an attached garage... Does that tell you inefficient my home is insulated? It's only 12 years old too.
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The pump is a sump pump....Definitely not what you want to get into just to get a few gallons of water outta your garage.

Personally, I've never heard of anybody doing anything much about the water. They just let it dry on it's own. I agree with the guy above. I'd just park outside. You car will be better for it by not pulling it in as far as rust prevention goes.
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what about a larger dehumidfier with a drain hose that runs outside instead of a tank?
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use the levelex then make a french drain !!!
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Unread 12-16-2010, 03:13 PM   #15
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Unless it's fairly warm in his garage, a dehumidifier will likely freeze up.
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