Although the winter can be a wonderful time of the year, it can also cause a lot of problems around your home. One problem many people face is snow melt in the garage. Garages without a drain or a sloped floor get snow melt in the winters. Snow melt can cause a lot of problems to your garage by damaging the floor with road salts getting in, and it can create a safety hazard by leaving slippery spots for somebody to slip on and hurt themselves. If you have problems caused by snow melt in your garage, you should check out some of these inexpensive and effective ideas to help you defeat the issue.
1. Use a squeegee
A squeegee can be a simple and inexpensive fix to keeping snow melt out of your garage. When the snow melts off of your car onto the floor, simply crack your garage door open and squeegee the water right back outside.
2. Invest in garage mats.
If you have some money to spend, I recommend investing in garage mats. There are many different kinds of floor mats you can purchase for your garage to help you contain and/or combat the issues caused by snow melt. There are many different kinds of garage mats, but these are a couple of the best ones you can get.
The Park Smart Clean Park mat has a thick polyvinyl mat that is secured by plastic snap-in borders that hold water in with out it leaking onto the concrete. You can use a wet vac to remove the water, or unclip one of the borders and squeegee the water out.
The Drymate mat is a fabric mat that absorbs the water caused by snow melt and it also keeps salt and deicing solvents off of your garage floor.The mat can be easily wet or dry vacuumed for easy cleanup.
3. Brush off your vehicle before parking it
If you aren’t up to spending any money right away, a simple way to keep snow melt to a minimum is to brush your vehicle off before you park it. This way you can eliminate most of the snow that you may bring into your garage if you were to just park it.
4. Cardboard boxes
An inexpensive substitute to buying a garage mat is to lay down some old cardboard boxes where you park. The cardboard will soak up the snow melt and also help trap some of the salt and deicer that may be left behind. Just simply dispose of the used boxes and place another fresh one down. You can get boxes at no cost to you just by simply going to your local grocery store, or department store and ask them if they have any left over from shipments. Most stores would be more than happy to give them to anybody willing to take them.
5. Invest in blower fans or other fans
Investing in a blower fan for your garage could be a bit costly, but it could also be well worth the money. A blower fan could help you dry out your garage quickly and without much effort from yourself. You could try and use ordinary household fans, or even installing a ceiling fan, but the cold temperatures may make it hard to completely dry out the floor.
Winter is can be brutal enough as it is. Don’t let it cause problems in your garage with pesky snow melt. Follow these tips to make your garage nice and dry during the harsh winters.
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