4 Causes of Water Leaking Under Your Garage Door & How To Fix It

It’s never fun to discover water leaking under your garage door. Water that gets into your garage can lead to mold and mildew growth, damage to belongings, electrical risks, increased energy bills and even structural damage.

Fortunately, you can easily find the root of the problem with a professional consultation and enlist an expert for the solution if needed.

In this article, we’ll explore the four most common causes of water leaking under your garage door and some steps you can take to fix it.

Potential Causes of Leaks

Technician inspecting a large white garage door on a large two-story brick home.

The last thing you want to do is let water linger when it gets into your garage. Check out these frequent reasons why water enters your garage and consider what your property’s issue is.

No Gutters

Gutters manage rainwater and direct it away from a property. When a home or business lacks gutters, rainwater can accumulate around a garage or any part of the perimeter.

When there’s a pool of water near a garage, the water can travel to the lowest surface and find its way inside. Too often, this is the garage door. Because there can sometimes be a slight gap between the door and the ground, water can easily penetrate the barrier.

Poor Door Sealing

Possibly the biggest cause of water underneath a garage door is poor door sealing. A reliable, well-functioning garage door creates a tight seal between the door and the ground. However, a worn-out weatherstrip or seal produces gaps in this protection.

Inward-Sloping Soil

Your landscaping alignment can play a part here, as well. If soil slopes inward toward the garage — instead of away from it — water naturally and easily travels toward the structure.

Similar to lacking gutters, inward-sloping soil can create a pool of water near the garage door, which, when it’s slightly worn down, won’t keep water out forever.

Downward-Sloping Driveway

Finally, another reason you might have water in your garage is simply because you have a downward-sloping driveway. Garages that are at the bottom of a hill get the bulk of rainwater accumulation.

Especially when your property encounters heavy rainfall or snow melting, all of that water can find its way inside.

How To Fix the Leak in Your Garage Door

The best solution to a garage door leak is fixing your garage door seal. After excessive use and constant exposure to the elements (including standing water), garage door seals inevitably fade and deteriorate.

You can replace a door seal DIY, but it’s best to hire a professional. Experts have resolved countless garage door seal problems, so they know the ins and outs of what they’re doing.

You can even save yourself time and headaches by working with a trusted garage door contractor. Plus, you’ll know you’re getting the best result when a trained technician does the job.

Contact Kern Door Company for Garage Door Repair

Count on our local and experienced team to handle your garage door repair. Kern Door Company has helped Californians like yourself since 1986; that’s nearly 40 years of trusted service.

We routinely provide superior garage door repairs, replacements and installations for new and existing single-family and multifamily residential and commercial building projects. See for yourself why we’re a favorite contractor in the Greater Bakersfield area.

Call (661) 380-7319 or contact us online to request a project estimate or learn more about our process.

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