There are many potential causes for wet garage walls, and as the water can travel quite a distance from its origin, identifying the cause can be sometimes more difficult that resolving the issue itself. Below we will list some of the main causes of wet garage walls and the best solutions for them.
Water in the garage can be due to many different reasons, but the consequences of it are always the same; damaged possessions, rusted tools and vehicles, damp, and mold. Below we will outline the main causes of water entering the garage and explain the best solution for solving each of them.
Dampness on internal walls is a common problem in garages as they are usually built with no waterproofing. Waterproofing your garage can help prevent dampness, prevent structural damaged, mold, and can increase your home’s value by making the garage a habitable space.
The tanking slurry method is the most cost-effective way and will prevent dampness on the walls and groundwater. Below we will outline a straightforward method for tanking slurry.
Having to clean your garage after heavy rainfall and storms can be time consuming, and the damage done to the contents of your garage can result in expensive replacement costs for vehicles, tools, and appliances rusting due to the damp atmosphere.
Below we will outline the main reasons for water entering the garage and detail the best solutions.
Many people falsely believe that due to modern building methods, including the use of impermeable materials and cavity walls, that they do not need to protect the external brickwork and masonry, but this assumption can prove costly in the long run and penetrating water can cause damp, mold, timber damage and a loss of structural integrity. This blog post will explain why waterproofing brickwork is important, what you should use to achieve this, and how you should apply it.
We normally only consider the danger posed by mold in our homes, but with 55% of Americans spending 1-2 hours each week in their garage doing hobbies and other activities, it is time we seriously considered the danger posed by mold and damp in the garage.
You may have just spent the last few months having to squeegee out your garage due to snow melt. Snow melt in a garage can damage possessions, cause damp and moisture that can result in mold, and creates a safety risk as people may slip. Make this the last winter that you must deal with this problem by following our suggestions below:
Are you tired of having to drain your garage after every storm? Does snow melt and run down your driveway and into your garage? Do you end up with excessive water in the garage after every rainfall?
If these are common problems, you should invest in a garage floor flood barrier. These are designed to stop water pooling in the garage and keep water away from the garage floor.
Mold is the common term for over 300,000 different fungi. The spores of this microorganism are invisible and travel through the air until they land on a moist surface. They can reproduce and multiply so rapidly that mold-growth can quickly become out of control. These mold grows come in a range of colors, can have an unpleasant odor, and can in some cases be dangerous to health. Below we will detail how this mold is caused and how to prevent it.
The garage is an ideal location for mold growth. Mold requires excess moisture and organic material. Flooding, standing water, rain, leaks in roofs, and damaged pipes all contribute to the garage having excess moisture. Wood, paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles and fabrics in the garage provide the organic material mold needs to thrive on. If you follow the recommendations outlined below, mold in our garage will become a thing of the past.
Identifying the source of a water leak inside your garage can be a challenge as there are several problems that could be the cause. It is important to inspect carefully for leaks and follow them back to their source as they may originate in an entirely different part of the garage.
Due to a range of environmental factors, protecting basements and other underground spaces is a complex challenge. The structure and the items stored within can be easily degraded and damaged if precautionary measures are not followed, as it is essential that water (standing water and driving rain especially) and moisture are kept out. Below we have written a brief introduction of the main methods of below grade waterproofing. If you have a below ground basement or garage, you should consider in investing in these methods.