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 05-22-2004, 09:08 Post: 86570
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

My garage has no drain. The floor was poured so the water puddles right at my car door. Nice job by the guys that pour it! Anyway, I want to drill a drain hole at this low spot for small amounts of water to drain. Like snow melting of car. I looking for a small hand tool solution?






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 05-22-2004, 16:40 Post: 86583
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

You could rent a core drill. Do you have a place for the water to disperse to? If you are in a cold climate it may not be prudent to saturate your soil under your floor,could
also undermine the soil from the cement. Just a thought.
You might consider a trough type drain that would run the
width of the floor to an outside wall and through the wall
to the outside.It sounds like a major job but it is not that bad,the trough comes in sections with a grill on it that is made to drive on. It is a matter of making two cuts
about 5-6 inches apart and break it out and drop in the drain.






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 05-23-2004, 04:40 Post: 86627
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

I'm thinking what grinder said. Unless you have exceptionally clean gravel under your pad. Then not sure how long it would be before contanimated with sediment and unusable.

I'd lean toward a good squeegie with cups at end to move lots of water.






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 05-23-2004, 06:54 Post: 86634
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

It's a heated garage and slab on grade I guess. If the frost doesn't get too deep in your area and the soil perc rate is high then small diameter drain pipe to below frost might do the trick--the top would have to be sealed and the opening screened. The trouble would be that a small diameter pipe in low perc soil won't hold much before the drainage is up into the frost area and would then freeze. Of course in your area maybe it wouldn't freeze under a heated slab on grade. I'm not sure I'd drill if the slab has rebar and overall a squeegee sounds easier.






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 05-30-2004, 19:54 Post: 87303
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

The garage is not heated, I live in Northern Ohio, so it does get cold and the run off does freeze in cold winters.

Thanks for the suggestions.






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 07-17-2004, 00:12 Post: 91163
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

A trough drain is the way to go unless you have a way to pipe you drain out side the floor and footing as you stated it freezes and could cause your floor and footing failure. if you rent a concrete saw and cut a trough drain to the exterior that will fix the problem. you can metal grates to cover trough.






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 07-17-2004, 04:28 Post: 91169
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

You've got lots of good suggestions toward a cure for your problem so I won't offer anything only what doing it wrong a couple times has taught me. So far I've had a concrete floor poured in three garages over the years. All are insulated wirh no heat. First two, the floor slopes toward the door, park the warm car or pickup, the snow and ice melt off run toward the door and freeze the door gasket to the floor plus make a neat little ice dam that the water won't run over till I chip it away. Third one I asked the contractor if he would pour it to my specs rather than his, he said OK. This garage/building is bigger 46X46, three overhead doors. the floor slopes toward the doors to within about six ft. of the doors, then from the doors it slopes into the building to a floor drain where the slopes meet. Works great, no more frozen door gaskets. The contractor did an excellent job, I think they used a laser for the slopes, there are no puddles of standing water with only one floor drain. Maybe this will help someone else out. Frank.






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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

For the retrofit, It sounds like Grinders idea is teh best option so far. But wouldn't there be freezing in the trough that would still be a problem? If so, some heat tape made for gutters might solve it if a problem developes.

My $0.02.

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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

I agree with harvey. Squeegee!!!!!! Or you could dynomite a hole in the floor! Don't risk water flowing under the foundation.






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 01-03-2006, 14:49 Post: 122189
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 How to fix Garage puddles Fill or Drill to drain

Just back the car in instead of pulling in forward and let the puddle be your passenger's problemWink yeah right

I agree w/ the others. There is no quick-fix for this one. A drain that depends on percolation will eventually fail. Most likley sooner than later. If you have enough grade away from your garage you could discharge thru a pipe into a yard swale or something, but again... a very big fix for a very small problem.






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