Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this, and researching through blog posts, forum discussions and YouTube videos will inevitably result in lots of contradictory statements and claims. Below we will briefly discuss the science behind using vapor barriers, before making some recommendations (all of which come with important qualifiers).
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.
Insulating a garage door is a worthwhile endeavour. Not only will it add value to your home, but it will also make the garage a versatile space that can be used all year round. Below we will outline the various options available to you and the benefits of insulating your garage door.
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.
This is an unfortunate problem which can sometimes be difficult to notice until it is too late, and the garage is flooded with water and snow melt. This can be a pain to clean out after every heavy rain and ignoring it can lead to mold in your garage and structural damage. Below we will discuss a few options for resolving this and consider the pros and cons of each.
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.
We all know that space is at a premium, and with house prices continuing to rise, renovating and repurposing a second garage is a great opportunity to add extra value to your home, and increase functionality.
Here are just a few ideas on what you could use your second garage for: