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Why You Need a Garage Floor Drain and 5 Things You Need to Consider

When it comes to keeping garages running smoothly, most shops are quick to consider their overhead door repairs, but pay less attention to what’s going on under their feet.  

As a door company, we too usually focus on Edmonton’s overhead doors, but this week we’re delving deeper into the garage to explore the importance of floor drains. Although often overlooked, garage floor drains are very important. Water and moisture have a tendency to creep into your garage from incoming cars and machinery, especially on a snowy or rainy day in Edmonton, and all that moisture needs somewhere to go. Water accumulation can cause serious damage to the structure of your garage.

Enter garage floor drains.

If you don’t already have a drain installed, or you want to find out how to keep your drain functioning properly, the next 5 considerations are for you.

1. Type One: Square Drains

Your first decision will be to choose the type of floor drain you’re going to install. Square (or round) drains are comparatively inexpensive and have easy installation procedures. They are usually placed in the centre of a garage or bay, with a little bit of pitch in the concrete to guide water off your floor. Square drains are available in PVC options, suited for residential use, as well as in steel fabrications, which are better options for commercial spaces.

2. Type Two: Trench Drains

Trench drains can be installed in almost any length and run in interconnected sections. They’re more complex and expensive to install than square or round drains, but they offer the benefit of additional drainage points throughout your garage.

TIP: If you go with a trench drain, be sure to select one with a galvanized grate at the top. These are safe to walk on, prevent rust, and keep everyday items like keys and tools from falling into the drain.

3. Staying Safe and Secure

As water and slush from the undercarriages of vehicles drip onto your garage floor, puddles will form, adding hazards and humidity to your garage or workspace. A drain prevents this moisture from accumulating.

During the summer months, floor drains will also prevent potential mosquito breeding grounds thanks to a drier, bug-free floor and structure.

4. Pay Attention to What Goes Down

As a general rule, avoid pouring any chemicals or toxic fluids down your garage floor drain. Even cleaning products can cause damage; most drains are designed to handle water and runoff only.

5. Maintenance Made Easy

Controlling what runs down your drain is the best way to keep up its maintenance. If you do run into issues, make sure you have a plunger on hand for your square or round drain. You can also use a plumber’s snake or a solution of boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar to correct a drainage issue.

Now that you know about the importance of floor drains, you’re all set to keep the base of your garage operating in top shape. Adding a drain may be slightly costly upfront, but dealing with water damage is significantly worse in the long run.

Looking for more ways to make your shop run smoother? Check out our Safety Meeting Toolkit to bring fresh ideas to your next safety meeting.