Your garage, just like the rest of your house, is subject to damage that can be caused by water. This damage rains from rotting and damaging the wood of your garage and garage door, to causing the moving mechanical parts of your garage to rust and malfunction. To avoid having to call a garage door repair professional to get your garage repaired due to moisture damage, or outfitted with a whole new garage, utilize these tips to prevent moisture damage in your garage.
Divert, Divert, Divert
When it comes to moisture in your garage, the best and easiest way to ensure that your garage isn't subjected to excess moisture is diversion. This means everything from cleaning off your vehicles before you store them in your garage, to creating as small slope to use gravity to direct water away from your garage. Increasing insulation inside of your garage will also help by ensuring that your garage stays at a temperature that doesn't promote humidity.
Cheap solutions can prevent long-term damage that is costly. Other ways to consider to divert moisture from your garage include, plugging gaps, installing curtain drains, and replacing roof damage.
It may not seem that important to have a solid roof over your garage, but never wait to long to replace a garage roof. Even the smallest leaks in your garage can cause enough moisture that can damage your garage door and walls to enter.
A new garage roof is an investment that will pay off in the long run. Metal roofs and asphalt roofs are notorious for preventing water damage. A rolled roofing is also a good choice if you're trying to prevent damage. The more you divert long term water damage, then the more likely you're not to have issues with insects, termites, squirrels, snakes, and other creatures seeking moisture.
Fix Any Cracks in Garage Door and Use Sealant
Condensation of any type can lead to permanent damage of your garage. That is why it is best to seal leaks before they become a major problem. Buying a can of sealant for your garage doors is a relatively cheap solution for preventing long term damage. Expect to pay anywhere from $30-$60 for a high quality sealant that will be able to protect your garage for a number of years.
Add Gutters to Your Garage
Adding gutters to your garage, or for that matter, any part of your house, is essential to eliminating water damage. For under $100, you can stop excessive damage to wood, and other materials that are subject to rot. Installing gutters that will ensure water doesn't drip onto your wood siding or your wooden garage door and instead will flow down onto the sidewalk or concrete.
Install A Driveway Drain
Driveway drains are probably not one of the first solutions for keeping moisture out of your garage that come to your mind, as they are relatively uncommon and not yet widely use. A driveway drain can be anything from installing a complete drainage system around your driveway and the entrance of your garage, to just digging a channel around your yard.
If you live in a location with particularly heavy rainfall, it is a good idea to install a drainage system to ensure that water drains into the sewer before it can enter your garage. These drainage systems usually are composed of a grate that runs parallel to your garage entrance, a few inches from your garage door. Water headed to your garage simply falls through the grate and into the sewer system, not ever being able to reach your garage.
If you have less moisture, you may want to dig small trenches. These trenches contain the water, allowing it to seep into the dirt or your yard area instead of your garage.
Setting up a diversion system is not just important to keep water out of your garage, but a good way to prevent you grass from becoming over saturated or if you find that your plants are dying quickly. Driveway drains are especially important if there is a slope that leads to your garage, making it nearly impossible to prevent water from entering your garage in other ways.