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Parking car in Garage during Winter

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Parking car in Garage during Winter

Are there some sort of floor matts available where you can park your car on in the garage to hold all the snow and water so that it doesn't leave a puddle of mess when the snow melts? Please link some if you know of any.

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One thing I try to do is knock/kick off the snow chunks in the wheel wells before parking in the garage. That seems to stop 90% of the puddling on the garage floor.
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Your garage floor should be sloped such that water will flow outside through any small gaps between the floor and the door. I don't think there's anything to worry about.
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A long handles squeegee...no matter what you lay down.
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Jon Lai wrote: Your garage floor should be sloped such that water will flow outside through any small gaps between the floor and the door. I don't think there's anything to worry about.

The draw back with that ( I’ve found ) is that the rubber door seal gets frozen to the floor...
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mrweather wrote: One thing I try to do is knock/kick off the snow chunks in the wheel wells before parking in the garage. That seems to stop 90% of the puddling on the garage floor.
This^^^^^. And I squeegee any water outside.
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Get a drain in your garage. End of the story. Lots of work if you DIY (can be expensive if you pay to have someone do it) but you will enjoy it tremendously for as long as you will live there.

And keep a dehumidifier in the garage.
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tralexus1 wrote: The draw back with that ( I’ve found ) is that the rubber door seal gets frozen to the floor...
In the decades I've lived in houses with garages, I have never seen the garage door freeze to the floor where it can't open.

Maybe try adjusting the door opener on the unit so that the seal isn't so tight.
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chimaican wrote: In the decades I've lived in houses with garages, I have never seen the garage door freeze to the floor where it can't open.

Maybe try adjusting the door opener on the unit so that the seal isn't so tight.
I have - the easiest solution is to spray the seal with silicone spray.
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I have been shop vacing our garage. Water pools in centre,does not flow to door (less than 1 year old build)
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riffr aff wrote: I have been shop vacing our garage. Water pools in centre,does not flow to door (less than 1 year old build)
14.6
CONDITION
WATER ACCUMULATES ON GARAGE FLOOR

Acceptable Performance/Condition
Provided garage floors are sloped to drain to the exterior, localized variations in the surface of the floor may impede immediate drainage and are acceptable.

Warranty
One-Year - Work and Materials
One-Year - Ontario Building Code Violations

Action
Garage floors not meeting the acceptable condition shall be repaired.

Remarks
Closed overhead garage doors, stored materials and debris on the floor may impede drainage to the exterior. Winter conditions may also impede drainage and homeowner
should ensure proper maintenance by removing any slush or snow that falls from vehicles.

See page 279 of 304 https://www.tarion.com/sites/default/fi ... 1_2019.pdf
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poorwingman wrote: 14.6
CONDITION
WATER ACCUMULATES ON GARAGE FLOOR

Acceptable Performance/Condition
Provided garage floors are sloped to drain to the exterior, localized variations in the surface of the floor may impede immediate drainage and are acceptable.

Warranty
One-Year - Work and Materials
One-Year - Ontario Building Code Violations

Action
Garage floors not meeting the acceptable condition shall be repaired.

Remarks
Closed overhead garage doors, stored materials and debris on the floor may impede drainage to the exterior. Winter conditions may also impede drainage and homeowner
should ensure proper maintenance by removing any slush or snow that falls from vehicles.

See page 279 of 304 https://www.tarion.com/sites/default/fi ... 1_2019.pdf
I have read this and planned to include on our year end form. The last line about removing snow slush seems to be a grey area tho. Of course in Canada that stuff will melt and drip, but is the defect still valid? I suppose it is. If I spilled a bucket of water and it does not drain toward sloped door the defect is proven.
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poorwingman wrote: 14.6
CONDITION
WATER ACCUMULATES ON GARAGE FLOOR

Acceptable Performance/Condition
Provided garage floors are sloped to drain to the exterior, localized variations in the surface of the floor may impede immediate drainage and are acceptable.

Warranty
One-Year - Work and Materials
One-Year - Ontario Building Code Violations

Action
Garage floors not meeting the acceptable condition shall be repaired.

Remarks
Closed overhead garage doors, stored materials and debris on the floor may impede drainage to the exterior. Winter conditions may also impede drainage and homeowner
should ensure proper maintenance by removing any slush or snow that falls from vehicles.

See page 279 of 304 https://www.tarion.com/sites/default/fi ... 1_2019.pdf
Not sure if Tarion is even in effect anymore. The Government says it will be overhauled so, there is probably no one working there anymore :) Besides, Tarion was for builders, not home buyers.
https://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2019/12/ ... ogram.html
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A 10.00 squeegee works for me, but it sure would be nice to have a drain and that the floor wouldn't drain towards the corner.
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chimaican wrote: In the decades I've lived in houses with garages, I have never seen the garage door freeze to the floor where it can't open.

Maybe try adjusting the door opener on the unit so that the seal isn't so tight.

The door did open but it pulled the door seal partly off the door...
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rotjong wrote: A 10.00 squeegee works for me, but it sure would be nice to have a drain and that the floor wouldn't drain towards the corner.
When I had my house built I told the builder to do a drain (obviously as well as a small trench) in the floor so all the water from the melting snow (and even the rain in summer) ends up in the drain.

My dad didn't have such drain so I made one for him. Rented tools at HD. It is a little bit of work but nothing too bad. Just make sure you wear appropriate breathing protection as you would prefer not to breather concrete dust. Proper eyes protection too Having a drain in the garage is simply fantastic! :)

It also makes cleaning the garage floor so much easier.
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TomLafinsky wrote: When I had my house built I told the builder to do a drain (obviously as well as a small trench) in the floor so all the water from the melting snow (and even the rain in summer) ends up in the drain.

My dad didn't have such drain so I made one for him. Rented tools at HD. It is a little bit of work but nothing too bad. Just make sure you wear appropriate breathing protection as you would prefer not to breather concrete dust. Proper eyes protection too Having a drain in the garage is simply fantastic! :)

It also makes cleaning the garage floor so much easier.
Do you have more details on what you did ? I'm very interested in doing this. Do you let the water drain into the gravel under the slab or did you run an actual drain? Did you do a trench drain across the entire width?

Thanks!

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