Keep Your Garage Clean and Dry in this Crazy Climate

As the vibrant hues of summer give way to the earthy tones of fall, it's time to prepare for seasonal changes. While we embrace cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, let's not forget the crucial task of safeguarding our homes, particularly the garage, from potential fall flooding. Our climate is causing more intense and frequent rainstorms, leading to flooding and property damage. The United States has already experienced 23 billion-dollar disasters in 2023 alone. While the weather can be unpredictable, getting rain ready can help guard against its impact.

The Seasonal Challenge

Fall often brings heavy rain, and with it, the risk of flooding. Leaves and debris accumulate in drains, gutters, and driveways, exacerbating the problem. Among the most vulnerable areas is the garage, a sanctuary for vehicles, prized belongings, and creative workshops. It's essential to shield it from water damage.

Preventing Rainwater from Flooding Your Garage

As a homeowner, it's crucial to take steps to protect your property from flooding. In this blog post, we'll focus on preventing rainwater from flooding your garage, which can cause structural damage, mold growth, and property loss. With leaves falling and rain becoming more frequent - as we experienced last fall and winter, here are our suggestions for getting rain ready.

  • Install a French Drain: One of the most effective ways to prevent rainwater from flooding your garage is to install a French drain. A French drain is a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel or rock that collects water and directs it away from your garage. A professional contractor can help you install a French drain and determine the best location to ensure maximum effectiveness. 
  • Upgrade Your Garage Door: Old and damaged garage doors are vulnerable to water infiltration during heavy rainstorms. Consider upgrading your garage door with a waterproof model or installing a weather-resistant threshold seal to prevent water from entering your garage. It's also essential to repair any cracks or gaps around the garage door to reduce the risk of water infiltration.
  • Clean Your Gutters: Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to overflow and seep into your garage. Make sure to clean your gutters regularly, at least twice a year, to prevent water damage. You can do this yourself with a ladder, gloves, and a hose, or hire a professional gutter cleaning service.
  • Replace Your Overhead Garage Door's Bottom Seal: The U-Shaped Bottom Seal can help keep the elements out of your garage, as long as it is still in good shape. We recommend replacing your Overhead Garage Door Bottom Seals in addition to adding a floor-mounted threshold seal that creates an additional barrier from the ground up.
  • Install a Threshold Seal as a Barrier Under Your Overhead Garage Door: The Tsunami Seal Garage Door Threshold Kit creates a watertight barrier between your garage floor and the outside world, helping ensure a dry and secure space. Securely mounted to your garage floor, the Tsunami Seal forms a barrier to water and is made of durable vinyl, not rubber, which can crack and deteriorate due to sun exposure (like tires). It acts as a shield, preventing rainwater from infiltrating your garage. Say goodbye to worries about water damage to your prized possessions and vehicles. Beyond rain, fall brings pesky pests and leaves. The Tsunami Seal acts as a deterrent for unwelcome intruders like insects, rodents, and leaves. Keep your garage tidy and free of uninvited guests. Lastly, a well-sealed garage blocks drafts and cold air and helps keep your garage warmer in the brisk fall and winter months. You don't need to be a DIY expert to install the Tsunami Seal. The kit includes everything you need, and the process is straightforward. Attach the seal to your garage floor, and you're set for reliable protection.

Rainstorms and flooding can cause significant damage to your property. Don't wait until it's too late, act now to protect your home!
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