04:13PM | 05/22/04
Member Since: 05/21/04
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A mistake was made when my concrete driveway was poured, now it is slanted toward the garage, (contractor won't help,) causing the garage to flood when it rains. Is there any way to correct this other than tearing it out and re-pouring?



02:16PM | 06/16/04
Member Since: 06/15/04
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just thought I'd mention that I have the same problem...maybe someone will reply to me and I will send you a "heads-up" if they do.

If your big problem is rain and not dripping vehicles, I think the thing to do is create a crown in the floor where the garage door meets the floor, or just inside the door. This will create a reverse slope back out to the approach. I tried using driveway crack repair caulk all along the line where the door meets the floor and it worked for a few weeks until the caulk started to come loose. I think there are about 3 other feasible solutions...1.) saw cut and remove a section of floor about 2-3 feet deep for the entire length of the door opening starting at the joint where the floor meets the driveway approach and going toward the center of the floor. Re-pour that cut out section with a crown that is higher than the approach elevation. 2.) saw cut a much smaller section depth-wise, but still the entire width of the opening and install an open drain covered with expanded metal (similar to a drawbridge grid). 3.) I'm not sure about this one, but I have seen ads where they can re-surface over existing concrete. Good luck and forward any info you are able to gather to me, if you wouldn't mind. Mark

Glenn Good

06:14AM | 06/17/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
320 lifetime posts
If the house is under warrantee I would suggest you send a registered letter to the contractor explaining the problem and insisting that it be corrected ASAP. Let him know you plan to follow through with this and take whatever action becomes necessary to get him to comply (Filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or legal action to name a few). This problem was caused by poor planning/design and there is no reason that this situation could not have been avoided with a little forethought and common sense. Keep all documentation and take plenty of photos in case you should need to go to court. In a court of law documentation is everything.

Cutting a strip of concrete out from in front of the garage and installing a trench drain is one option that would help solve the problem provided you have an area to discharge the water. One drawback to this is the drain needs to be maintained and kept clean.

Cutting out an area at least 10’ wide all the way across the driveway in front of the garage and pouring it back with a swale in its center to divert the water away from the garage is another possible solution but will not look as good as it would if the drive was poured properly to begin with.


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