Flood Defences for Your Garage

Well, we’ve had a pretty soggy start to the year so far. After the warmest winter on record the rain seems endless. Unfortunately the large amount of rainfall, typically falling in a short period time, has led to a level of flooding that we’ve not seen before.

Often, houses don’t need much additional protection from floods, as they are built to a high standard. The only time they might need something extra is in extreme cases of flooding, or if they are located near a stream or river. However concrete garages are a different matter. They are often overlooked and not given the same attention as the home.

This is unusual as they typically hold a lot of valuable things, and not necessarily in terms on monetary value. There is often a lot of items stored that have a very high sentimental value, ironically for safe keeping, in the garage.

Thankfully, there are things that can be done to make your garage more water tight and flood resistant, thus protecting your belongings from water and flood damage.

  1. Get a new one. Quite a drastic measure, but replacing a garage is a fairly simple process and sometimes necessary. One of the most common types of garage, sectional garages, are notoriously difficult to make watertight. Water, by its nature, will always find a way through or around any cracks, no matter how small. By getting a new garage, from a reputable source, you can be assured it will be built properly from the outset.
  2. Sandbags are a classic flood defence. Though they could justifiably be called unsightly, they are cheap, effective and have stood the test of time quite well. To get the most out of sand bags there is in fact recommended ways of using them, we advise following this guide. One bonus advantage to using sandbags is, while they do let some water permeate through, they do filter out a lot of mud and sediment which will minimise any damage that takes place.
  3. Absorbeez are a relatively new alternative to sandbags. They are a lightweight, super absorbent polymer that can be used in exactly the same way as sandbags. The only way in which sand bags are superior is in cost, as Absorbeez are typically more expensive. They are used in exactly the same way as a sandbag, and are laid across any entrance or vulnerable spot that water might get through.
  4. Use Floodgates. Floodgates are semi-permanent structures that can be quickly erected in much the same way as sandbags and Absorbeez. They differ slightly though as they are re-usable, unlike Absorbeez. They would be extremely useful in areas that are known for flooding often due to how easily they are erected and their ease of use.

If you use any of the above methods to protect your concrete garage from flooding then you should be able to keep your valuables safe and dry with no problem at all.