How To Prevent Flooding In Garages

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

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Dealing with flood damage is stressful, but having certain measures in place can reduce its impact. From using sandbags to implementing effective drainage systems, there are many options to choose from.

At ICE Cleaning, we are flood damage cleaning specialists. We utilise the latest advanced solutions and techniques to deliver excellent results, and can arrive on site within the hour in cases of emergency.

In this blog, we look at some of the ways you can prevent flooding in your garage.

Ensure the garage entrance is properly sealed

If the seal at the bottom of your garage is damaged or faulty, then it could be letting water in. Similarly, if your garage door is worn, it might be time to invest in a new one.

Having secure weather stripping in place is not an expensive solution either, and can even keep pests out of your property. Like everything, seals and doors can become worn over time, so will need to be replaced eventually.

If you are proactive in checking for any holes or cracks, then you could prevent significant damage. Due to the complexities of the task, it is a job best left to the professionals.

At ICE Cleaning, we also offer pest control services should you be affected by any infestations in your building. We adhere to all safety guidelines throughout the process, working hard to remove pests from the area.

Implement effective drainage systems

Having an effective drainage system in and around your garage will help protect the area against flooding.

This could involve installing a French drain, which assists in draining water away from the foundations of your garage. Or it may include investing in flood vents, which allows water to safely travel through your garage without flooding and relieves pressure on the area.

Another measure you could take is ensuring your gutters are clean. Have these professionally cleaned at least twice a year to keep them in good condition. 

If gutters become clogged, water is not able to drain away properly. This could cause leakages and flooding around your garage that could be avoided with treatment from a professional. 

As well as providing flood damage cleaning solutions, we can also clean your gutters for you. Our technicians are able to work safely at height due to being accredited with IPAF, helping them deliver excellent results. Click here to find out more.

Inspect the garage's foundation

Inspecting the foundation of your garage can help you spot signs of cracks or holes which could cause water to leak through.

You should make a point to have all damage repaired by a professional, as even the smallest of holes can become a problem in the future.

Keeping to a good routine of checking your foundation for any issues is wise, as you may catch the problem in its early stages. Water damage can be expensive to repair, so you must take action to prevent wherever possible.

The professionals will repair any damaged surface area, sealing it from the elements. Also check the inside of your garage for signs of water, as this might indicate a leak from the foundation. You should get this checked out too if any leaks are found.

Use sandbags to protect the area

If you live in an area that experiences large amounts of rainfall, having a store of sandbags at your property in the event of a downpour is always a good idea.

Sandbags are relatively cheap to obtain, and can help absorb water. It is important to remember, however, that these are not a long-term solution for preventing flooding.

They unfortunately won't be able to fully protect your garage from flood damage, but are a useful protective barrier if you're hit with heavy showers or unexpected flooding. Water may still seep into the garage, but the sandbags give you extra support.

If you find yourself the victim of a flood, you need to contact the professionals immediately. Contaminated water from outdoor debris or sewage can be detrimental to human health, so needs to be dealt with promptly.

Professional flood damage cleaners can dry out your property following a flood, and restore your site to a safe environment. Here at ICE Cleaning, we can dispose of any items ruined by the flood too if this is something you need.

Install a new garage floor or driveway

When considering methods to prevent flooding, installing a new garage floor or driveway is usually a last resort. This is because it is a very expensive solution to prevent flooding, albeit an effective one.

Alterations to the driveway include angling it downward away from your garage doors so that water doesn't flow towards the building. Additionally, renovations made to the floor inside the garage include making it higher and sealing up any holes that have formed in the surface.

Cheaper options are usually effective at stopping flooding, with implementing a new driveway or garage floor being a last option if others haven't worked out. 

Ask for recommendations in the community for a contractor to do the job if this is the route you want to take. They will provide you with a quote for the works, but just bear in mind that it could cost you a penny.

Contact us today

To find out more about our flood damage cleaning services, get in touch on 0208 066 0360. Alternatively, you can email us at enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

Often after flood damage comes mould growth, as moist and damp environments provide it with the perfect space for mould to grow. We are a nationwide provider of mould remediation services - click here to learn more.

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