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Don’t Let Water Leaks Happen in Your Garage


Let’s face it, unless you do a lot of yardwork, mechanic work, or have your garage set up as a hobby area, they tend to get ignored.

In general, our garages tend to be used as storage and rarely visited unless you are grabbing something to bring to your home. Our garages tend to fall behind in general upkeep, and repairs are put on the backburner. It is understandable to prioritize other parts of your home, especially since guests don’t often visit your garage.
But there are some dangers towards allowing your garage to be out of sight, out of mind. Double-checking that your garage is free from leaks is one item that should make its way to the top of the to-do list.

How Can Leaks Enter Your Garage?

Most garages in Utah are built with concrete. It is essential to remember that concrete is both absorbent and porous. Moisture and water can get into your flooring and walls. Winter and the rainy times of Spring are the times of the year when water is most likely to find its way in and begin to cause damage.

Water Under Your Foundation

Liquid water from rain or snowmelt can find its way into cracks that are too small for the eye to see. These cracks can result from regular wear and tear or the natural movements of the earth. Remember, Salt Lake City is on a fault line, and tiny tremors are not uncommon. Water and sewer lines can also be damaged, leading to underground leaks that can cause damage to your home.

Cracks on Your Walls

Like water from the ground, water can find its way in from a leaky roof. Every leak is different, and so are the warning signs they produce.  Sometimes visible water lines can be seen flowing down the side of the wall. Other times you will see darker spots that are damp from moisture.  Sometimes the leak can be found relatively easily by starting at a high point in your attic and moving your way down.  Other times the source of the leak can be from a cracked chimney, loose weather stripping, or the waterproofing around your vent pipes has eroded.

What to do About a Leak?

Knowing the source of where the water is coming from is the first step. By understanding how the problem is happening, you will be empowered to find the right solution.

When it comes to water in your home, think of the Grand Canyon. Even slow or small amounts of water can cause a lot of damage if they at not repaired right away. This is perhaps nowhere more true than in your garage, where temperatures are far colder than in your home. Water expands as it freezes and can cause significant damage to the areas it rests. If you live in Utah and need leak detection services, consider calling us today.

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