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How to deal with water on the garage floor #4634775
01/14/18 04:16 PM
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Here's the situation....we've gotten our share of snow here lately and it likes to collect on the vehicle, and since our garage stays warm enough to melt the snow, I kick the icebergs off before putting the van in the garage, but it still has enough snow in the wheel wells, on the tires, along the rocker panels, etc, that it melts and leaves giant, filthy dirt puddles on the garage floor, then it gets tracked into the house. I bought a squeegee to push the water out, but with the dirt and little pebbles on the floor, the rubber blade won't seal to the floor, so it doesn't work very well. I cleaned it up today using a shop vac, but that's time consuming, and not something my wife can do over the two weeks I'm away for work. Our garage floor doesn't have a drain, and I'm concerned all of the stuff we have sitting on the floor against the walls is going to get wet. Some of it is too heavy to lift onto pallets. Any ideas?

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634784
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I don't think theres much you can do other than what your doing. Thursday was warm here and I got the hose out and rinsed the floor and squeegeed out the water. But it snowed the next day and the melted dirty snow/water is back and I'll have to live with it until it gets warm again.

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634787
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I also try to kick off big chunks in the driveway, but here is always some leftover that melts onto the floor.

When wife leaves for work and the garage is empty i take a simple push broom and push the water/slush outside

no way am i "cleaning" the floor every day


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634789
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I always used a broom. If slush is that much of a bother, maybe you shouldn't park a wet car in the garage.

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: Brybo86] #4634795
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Originally Posted By: Brybo86
I also try to kick off big chunks in the driveway, but here is always some leftover that melts onto the floor.

When wife leaves for work and the garage is empty i take a simple push broom and push the water/slush outside

no way am i "cleaning" the floor every day


My wife and both try to get as much of the removable stuff off before we pull it in the garage, but we still end up with a lake...

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634802
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One downside of not keeping that pool of standing salt water mix off your garage floor as it will eventually start to to eat into the surface. I would either put protective coat down, at least in the important area, or even put plastic down during the winter. You could put a plastic layer under a cheap carpet, and toss them both out at the end of winter.


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: 69GTX] #4634803
01/14/18 04:40 PM
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Shop broom is a good idea. I also have a couple $45 high velocity 20” fans that I use sometimes when the floors gets really wet. Aim both from front of car to back directed toward door. Doesn’t really flow the water but the air helps it dry out faster I think


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634808
01/14/18 04:43 PM
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1) Get cars out of garage
2) Sweep debris out as best you can
3) Couple of 5 gallon buckets of hot water dumped on garage floor
4) Sweep out water mixture
5) Finish drying with leaf blower.

Gotta love winter!

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: Danh] #4634811
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I think in the spring I will rent a floor cleaner. Do the inside floors first then finish up by using it in the garage. They rent for $44 for 4 hrs.

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634812
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I just run a mop.

But you need a bucket with a wringer.


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634820
01/14/18 04:55 PM
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I think all you need is a good, stiff bristled push broom. Use it first, then use your squeegee and a bucket or two of clean water if you need it..


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634830
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A drain would not work unless the floor had a pitch towards the drain. Just consider it a fact of life for your situation


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634832
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The squeegee I use is a double blade hard foam material, the rubber ones dont work well. Its the same style we used at work when we had about 2500sf of floor to cleanup daily. I do plan on painting my floor next year, I was going to do it this fall but I ran out of time before it got really cold. The concrete holds the moisture and creates frost on the door and window because of the humidity.


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Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634860
01/14/18 05:34 PM
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I use my Husky leaf blower.

Re: How to deal with water on the garage floor [Re: grampi] #4634876
01/14/18 05:54 PM
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window squeegee on a long pole/handle. Drains not allowed here.


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