Garage Troubles Part 1


Old 03-26-13, 07:27 AM
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Garage Troubles Part 1

Hi there,

I live in the city and just bought a house. I have a garage that is in great shape from 3 inches off the ground and up and I'm hoping you can help me.

The problem is the water that is coming into the garage. My neighbors garage is right next to my garage and there is about 18 inches between the two structures. For years there has been no eaves trough on either garages and water comes off both roofs and into my garage every time it rains. I looked at putting troughs on both garages but there is no real place to drain them without other neighbors getting their nose out of joint or adding more water to the front of my garage which would be a new problem.

I know there is a solution. Do I dig up in between the two garages and add a layer of something and some waterproof material? What should I add?
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My garage gutters drain into a dry well.
Old 03-26-13, 10:09 AM
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Dad did something similar years ago...

He moved the shed (a metal cheapo unit) dug a 6' deep, 6' by 9' rectangular hole, filled it with large crushed granite, with a pipe leading down into it. Covered the granite with some sort of barrier, then filled in above with dirt and then put the shed back.
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Another option to consider, since installing a dry well may require a lot of digging and piping (to a suitable open area), would be to raise the garage floor by 3 or 4 inches. Concrete is relatively cheap, especially when you pour it yourself. Tapered transition sections at the doorways could deal with the step-ups created.
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