As we all know, rainy days are a fact of life in many parts of the world. And, since most of us live in a household with a car, driveway and garage (or multiple garages), it’s important to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way. It’s also important to take care of your flooring so that it can take the abuse from daily use. If you experience puddles or depressions forming on your garage floor, read on for tips on how to level it and fix the problem. If you need help with any other home improvement project, don’t hesitate to give our experts a call. We’d be happy to help you out!
Prepping Your Garage Floor
If you’ve ever stepped in a puddle of water on your garage floor, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Your foot sinks into the water and then slowly starts to rise as the puddle expands. This sinking and rising motion creates depressions in the garage floor that puddle water can easily accumulate in.
Here is how to level your garage floor and fix depressions that puddle water:
Remove any furniture or objects that may be obstructing the SPACE beneath your garage floor.
Snap a level underneath your garage floor and use it to make adjustments if needed. If the garage floor is uneven, you may also need to add shims or leveling caps beneath joists or beams to even out the surface.
Once the garage floor is level and smooth, remove any puddles of water from beneath by using a bucket or sponge. Make sure not to leave any standing water!
Allow the garage floor to dry completely before using it again – this will help prevent future problems with depressions forming from puddles of water.
Fixing Depressions that Puddle Water
Depression that puddle water can often be fixed by leveling the floor of your garage and fixing any depressions that form. By doing this, you will prevent water from accumulating and causing damage to your flooring.
To level your garage floor, use a yardstick or straight edge to mark the perimeter of the depression. Then, using a shovel or trowel, dig out the affected material until the depression is flat. Repeat this process at other depressions in the area.
If needed, use asphalt or concrete patching materials to fill in any gaps created by digging. Once the surface is leveled and patched as needed, coat it with a bonding agent such as latex paint or epoxy primer to ensure a lasting finish.
Leveling Your Garage Floor
If you have a garage that slopes downhill towards the driveway, water will collect in depressions on the floor. If the depression is deep enough, water can pool and cause rusting and structural damage. This can be easily fixed by leveling your garage floor and filling in any depressions with gravel or concrete.
If you’ve been noticing depressions in your garage floor and water is continually pooling there, it might be time to call in a professional. Leveling your floor and fixing the depressions can cost around $500, but it’s well worth the investment if you want a stable, waterproof garage.