Oops, My Simple Leak Solution

United States
January 6, 2016 10:21am CST
The original landscaping where I live included a pepper tree smack dab between the house and the driveway. It was a foolish location for such a plant. The roots have caused the driveway to rise an inch or two higher than the house or garage. Although there are rain gutters along the eaves of the garage, when it rains hard, water hits the face of the garage doors and collects on the pavement below. Most of the water runs down the driveway harmlessly to the street. But a small amount sneaks under the closed garage door and creates a puddle inside the garage. Yesterday it rained pretty hard almost all day. A puddle formed inside the garage and grew. I put a few brown paper grocery bags on the puddle in a vain attempt to absorb the water. The bags, however, were made too well, and are lightly covered with a waxy coating. They are not good for soaking up water. So during a lull in the rain, I drove to the market and bought a twelve pack of double sized paper towels. Once home, I used my push broom to sweep out most of the water, then lined up three paper towels on their sides just where the water sneaks under the door. I checked the rolls this morning. They are slightly damp and did their job. There is no puddle. I plan on leaving them in place until this series of storms is past. If they fill up with water, I will dump them into the recycling bin and replace them with dry rolls. I would have used the Sunday newspaper, which is really thick, but don’t have newspapers delivered anymore. Sure glad I hit on the idea of using cheap paper towels. Pretty nifty idea, huh?
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@MALUSE (43655)
• Uzbekistan
6 Jan 16
In case of need you could also have used real towels and washed them afterwards.
4 people like this
• United States
6 Jan 16
I don't have any old towels, just nice ones. Otherwise this would be a great solution.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace is there a dollar store near ya? 'r a goodwill where ya could get towels fer cheap? we'd no troubles with rains recently in the garages - jest 4' snow drifts. 'course, that could'a prolly been avoided here if'n the hubs'd e'er put on the garage doors...but that's a whole 'nother can'f worms
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@crazyhorseladycx No Dollar Store around here. Goodwill is pretty far too. The paper towel rolls worked like a charm.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
6 Jan 16
That is a nifty idea, but what a pain it must be for you, and what should be unnecessary if the garage door closed firmly, etc.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
No garage door will keep out all the water, if there is a difference in grade.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
We have this problem when the rain comes from the West. My husband attached a strip of wood inside the garage door. So far, that is working. Our previous garage was sloped towards the door very slightly and this never happened.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
There is weather stripping on the bottom of the door. It's new. But there is a two inch deep trench where the driveway meets the garage floor, and no way to keep water out of it.
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@DeborahDiane (23824)
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Jan 16
That was a great idea! My husband had to attach a board to one of the fascia boards below our roof to divert some of the rainwater that used to splash against our house. It works great!
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• United States
7 Jan 16
There is one gutter that is too short. I might look into replacing it with a longer run.
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace - We just had some angles on our roof that made the water jump over the gutter when it rained really hard. My husband used a board to deflect the water into the gutter. It made a big difference.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@DeborahDiane This is a great idea. There are little pieces of metal at corners by a couple of my gutters. They work like the one your hubby erected. Smart man.
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@pgiblett (6587)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
It is sad, but it is time for the tree to go.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
I rent, and the owner likes the tree. Absurd. Lots of trouble all the time.
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@pgiblett (6587)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace OUCH! That is the reason we hate renting, the little (or big) things that need to be done.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@pgiblett Those things are the reasons I rent. I was tired of the surprises and the damage they do to my bank account.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 16
Are you secretly trying to have your own indoor swimming pool?
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• United States
9 Jan 16
Nope, trying to avoid slip and fall on the puddle.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
7 Jan 16
So smart of you to have thought of that. I will surely try doing the same when I face the same problem.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
Lateral thinking is one of my more helpful skills. Weird, but helpful ideas just pop into my head. Very lucky.
@Tampa_girl7 (26235)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I wonder if a drain could be put there or maybe invest in a wet vac.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
No way to put in a drain without removing the driveway, very expensive. I have a wet vac, but that would be more work than putting three paper towel rolls on the floor.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
6 Jan 16
Your photo is amazing, the colors are beautiful. Putting a pepper tree in that position was not a brilliant idea. I am glad that the paper towels helped. Keep them until the rain stops.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
Thanks. Loved the way the sky looked and was glad I was able to capture it.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
6 Jan 16
I'm wondering why you didn't just use a mop.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
Because this would only clean it up and not stop it from spreading in the first place.
@marlina (78116)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
Aren't the wet paper towels going to stink?
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• United States
6 Jan 16
Nope. It is clean rain water soaked into clean paper towels. Once they are too wet to do any good, I'll put them in the recycle bin, which is closed.
@jstory07 (70020)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Jan 16
That is a great idea.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
I thought the Sunday paper would be great, but had none. So this was the next best thing I could come up with after the brown paper bags did not work.