11:33PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 04/24/04
2 lifetime posts
We recently purchased a home, and have found many things wrong since then- obvious issues that did not happen overnight. The most recent one is snow melting into our annexed garage.

This winter, the ice was an inch thick. My husband has spent most of April trying to get the water out of the garage, but it's like there is a faucet back there. The wood on the lower portion of the garage is saturated. Because I am in Alaska, and do not own a back hoe like the previous owner, I could really use some advice on how to avoid this next winter- we lost a lot of items.

Also, any recommendations on fixing this year's mess- I'm all ears.



03:11AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
I think you'll havae to provide a little more information for anyone here to provide an answer....

Where does the ice form? Ground? Roof? Driveway? Does the water come in through the roof? Walls? Down the driveway & under the door? Does the adjacent grade & driveway slope towards the garage?

The more information, the better answer folks here might be able to provide.


09:22PM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 04/24/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the suggestion. The garage is 1000 square foot- freestanding. The angled roof allows the snow to fall onto both sides- up to 6 feet. The back also accummulates a large amount, which is where the most water seems to be coming from.

The water seeps in through the walls from what we can tell. It is beginning to climb the wall- for lack of a better term. It appears that the ground underneath and around it is level- therefore no sloping.Or if there is- we've not been able to discern it.

The entire garage was covered in ice. My husband goes out daily and squeegees the floor, and the next day there is more. My main concerns are how do we salvage what's left, will the water damage be irreperable to the walls, and how do we avoid the problem next year.

Thanks to anyone who has a suggestion.
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