New garage door bottom seal... now door won't sit level

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Old 02-21-16, 10:26 AM
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New garage door bottom seal... now door won't sit level

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I noticed that during rain my garage door allows some water to seep underneath. Looked at the seal and it appeared old so I replaced it.

Now the door won't sit level when it's closed. A noticeable gap (maybe 3/4") starts at one end then eventually pinches to a close at about the doors midpoint.

I tried adjusting the settings on the motor so the door closes more but that didn't do it.

I've thought about spraying some expanding foam (or something similar) into the seal that is not contacting the floor.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Let me know if pics would help. Thanks!
 
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Old 02-21-16, 10:34 AM
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Where are you located? If in the snow area, then what you have is heaving of the cement. Come warm weather it should go down and the door should seal at all points. Putting in something like Great Stuff will only make a mess and then it will no longer be flexible and will not close properly.
 
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Old 02-21-16, 10:43 AM
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Yes, a picture or two might help as would knowing your location.

The problem you describe probably has little to do with the seal. If anything your new seal is probably conforming to the uneven ground better than your old one. Your old one probably had more of a gap but since you just replaced it you are not noticing it. If you have a gap at the edge of the door and it touching in the middle that points to a hump in your driveway or maybe the middle of your door is sagging down. Sight down the bottom of your door and see if it's straight. If it is it's probably your driveway that has a hump.
 
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Thanks for quick response, and sorry for my delay.

I am in Chicago suburbs. Below are some pictures. You should be able to see light passing through the gap.

I'll take a little more time tomorrow to inspect it for straightness. Thanks again for feedback and help thus far.

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Old 02-22-16, 08:27 PM
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Pluck the cable on the left... (running down the side of the door) then go pluck the right cable. My guess is that you have a double torsion spring that is unevenly wound.

If you have an automatic garage door opener, pull the rope to release the door from the opener and see if the door settles down once it's released. That would tell us something.
 
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Old 02-22-16, 08:31 PM
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The pictures are good. You can see the floor is definitely not level.
Also... the door sweep rarely keeps the water out. It will stop driving wind and ran but water usually just runs right under it.
 
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Old 02-23-16, 05:08 AM
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I think Xspleeper's test is a good one, but I don't think that is your problem. If it was I think you would've noticed non-smooth operation from the get go.

PJ is correct. I will stand with my diagnosis of frost causing the pavement to heave. Come summer and you won't have the problem.
 
 

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