With winter now in full swing, many Dayton residents have already had enough of cold winds, ice and snow. After a long day, most people simply want to turn into their driveway, pull into their garage and get inside where it's nice and warm. Stopping in the driveway to clear off the accumulated ice and snow is last on the priority list if it even ranks at all. While the desire to come home and relax is certainly understandable, homeowners should know that bringing ice and snow into the garage can lead to a number of problems down the road.
What Happens to Those Signs of Winter?
When you step out into your garage and head into your house, you probably don't give even a passing thought to what is happening in your garage for the rest of the night. However, as you are sitting down to dinner and winding down for the day, the snow and ice that built up on your vehicle is slowly melting, and dripping onto your garage floor. If you picked up any material used to treat the roadways and clear ice and snow, those are also mixed into the puddles on the floor.
What is the Harm in a Little Water in the Garage?
While the garage is not a finished space, it is also not an exterior space. That means that moisture that is trapped inside the garage can cause damage. First and foremost, puddles on the floor can cause a slip hazard, and this moisture is not always gone by the time you need to get back into the car or to retrieve something from the garage. Also, moisture that is brought into the garage in the form of ice and snow can cause property damage, such as promoting the growth of mold and mildew on items stored in the garage space. Finally, moisture and de-icing materials can cause the garage floor to develop pits and other damage, which can worsen over time and lead to the need for costly repairs.
How Can Water Damage be Prevented?
The best way to address moisture in a garage space is to simply not bring it in whenever possible. By stopping in the driveway to brush off accumulated ice and snow, the amount of moisture that enters the garage can be significantly reduced. If weather or lighting conditions do not permit that level of prevention, the next best step is to clear out the melted ice and snow as soon as possible. A mop or squeegee can be used to clear out water, and floor mats can be placed below the doors to help soak up moisture. A fan is helpful to dry out any remaining moisture.
Prevention is Key
Of course, vehicles are not the only way to introduce water into your garage. A deteriorated or improperly fitted garage door seal can also allow water to intrude into the space. Periodic inspection of the garage door seal and weather stripping will help homeowners know when the time comes to replace or repair those items.
Winter weather is always a challenge to homeowners, and the garage and garage door are no exceptions. It should also be said that clearing the driveway of ice and snow is also an important precaution. After all, if an inexperienced or distracted driver slides into the closed garage door, water on the floor is likely to be the least of your problems?
The team at Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvements wishes you an enjoyable winter season and a swift return of spring.