One thing that many people do not stop to realize is that garages are just as susceptible to water damage as other areas of the home. They have large scale access points through the garage door, and with more and more garages being used for storage, the potential for serious water problems are there. In many cases, the damage inflicted may go unnoticed for extended periods of time.
The garage is also routinely ignored when it comes to matters of water damage, simple because it is not thought of as one of the rooms in the home. The steps that need to be taken to protect your garage from water and flood damage are in fact no different than those taken to protect the rest of the home.
The garage door should be effectively and efficiently sealed in order to prevent water from coming in in the event of torrential rains or water buildup. A good rule of thumb is to look and see if you can spot any signs of light under a sealed garage door. If you can see the light, then the seal needs to be replaced.
In addition, the roofing and gutter systems should be examined. Roofs can leak, allowing water to get into your garage, and faulty, clogged, or otherwise defective gutters and downspouts can also send water flowing in the wrong direction. Make sure that the roofing is in good working order and that all gutters properly drain the water out and away from the garage in order to prevent flooding.
If the garage is used for storage, then shelving should be used to elevate stored items in order to prevent them from being exposed to water in the event that the garage does flood. Those items most susceptible to water damage should be stored as high as possible.
Basically, just treat the garage as you would another room in your home. In doing so, you can make sure that it is sufficiently protected from the elements in the event of flooding or other water damage problems.
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