Have you noticed puddles of water on your garage floor? If so, you might be starting to wonder how the water is getting into your garage. There are a few different things that can lead to a leaky garage door. Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here to help fix your garage door problems.
Missing or Broken Gutters
Another problem we see is broken or clogged gutters. Gutters are designed to collect water runoff from the roof and divert it out into the street. The water then flows to stormwater drains.
However, if your gutters are clogged or missing altogether, then water will pour onto the sides of your home. When water is pouring directly onto or near your garage door, then it’ll start to slowly leak into your garage. During times of heavy rain, walk around your home and check to see if water is pouring out of your gutters.
Sometimes, a cement driveway starts to settle over time. This can cause your driveway to slope inward towards your garage door. If you have a dirt driveway, it can become worn down and create a place for water to gather in front of your garage door.
This standing puddle in front of your garage will seep under your door and create puddles on your garage floor. If this is the cause of your leaky garage door, then you will have to create a trench. This will encourage the water to flow away from your garage and down into the street.
Yard that’s Built-Up Higher than Driveway
If the soil of your lawn was built up too high then it can cause your lawn to be much taller than your driveway. This creates a natural slope for water to drain right into your driveway. During storms, the water runoff can become too great and start building up in front of your garage.
When this happens, the water will slowly leak into your garage. If you notice a large difference between your driveway height and your soil height, consider redoing your lawn. You’ll want to remove soil and replant sod so that the soil level is slightly lower than your driveway.
Broken or Missing Weather Stripping
The weatherstrip is that thick black tubing that runs across the bottom of your garage door. When it closes against the floor, it creates nearly a watertight seal. As this gets worn down or cracked, then it allows water to freely come into your garage.
This is the most common cause of a leaky garage door since this weather stripping needs to be periodically replaced. You can also get a tighter seal by placing weather stripping down on your garage floor. Make sure you take care of your weather stripping by ensuring there’s nothing in the path of your garage door before you close it.
Call Us Today to Help You!
If you need help with a leaky garage door or if you need someone to replace your weatherstripping then we can help. Our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can quickly figure out what’s causing the problem. Call us today so we can get started!