When it rains, or after the snow has melted, do you have water on the floor of your garage to deal with? If you fail to take action and ignore the needed repair, you could begin to experience moisture damage in your garage that will cost far more than putting a stop to the water intruding in your garage.

Install New Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is important and is oftentimes overlooked. When the weather stripping gets old, it will begin to crack and break and allow water to flow into the garage under the door. Open your garage door and examine the weather stripping – how does it look? If it looks damaged in any way, it's time for you to complete the following steps to replace it.

Step 1: Remove the old weather stripping using a pry bar. If the weather stripping won't come off easily because it was glued into place, use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive and make it easier to remove.

Step 2: Use rubbing alcohol to clean the area. You want to remove all dirt and grime to ensure a good seal when you put the new one in place.

Step 3: Measure the width of your garage door and cut a small piece of the weather stripping to take with you to the home improvement store to find a replacement. The new stripping should be the same width and have the same connection hole size for the mounting tabs on the door.

Step 4: Measure and cut the new weather stripping precisely. It needs to be exactly the same width of the garage door to prevent water from leaking into the garage and to keep the new stripping from getting caught up in the rollers.

Step 5: Install the new stripping on the garage door lining the holes on the stripping with the bolts on the base of the door. Inspect it closely. Does it hang over the ends of the garage door? Does it fit perfectly? If the stripping hangs over the ends of the door, use a sharp razor knife to trim it to a perfect fit. Give the garage door a test and see if there is anything getting caught up in the rollers. As long as everything is moving smoothly and you don't see any light shining under the garage door when it's closed, your new weather stripping should do its job.

If this doesn't fix your water issues in the garage, talk with a garage door repair technician, such as America's Garage Doors LLC, to get assistance finding exactly where the water is coming from and what you need to do to put a stop to it.