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Old 01-16-2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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Garage entrance

I have an older detached garage on our property as shown. The photos aren't totally clear, but basically there's a sharp drop from the alley into the garage which is partially paved (quite old asphalt) and then just a strip of dirt. The concrete inside the garage is in good shape despite its age. The garage is level, so I'm pretty sure there has been no sinking. I think the slope has always been there.

The slope is enough that our Jetta scrapes on the way in. Also, during the rainy season, water flows down the asphalt and collects in the swampy strip of dirt. It doesn't actually enter the garage, but the area is pretty moist as a result.

What options do I have in terms of 1) helping with the poor drainage of the area, and 2) possibly reducing the slope a bit? The asphalt leading away from the garage quickly turns into City property after about 5-6 feet, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to get their permission to excavate or alter that area. Even excavating the area on my land is subject to the condition that I'm a total newbie at this stuff, and would have no idea what I'm doing.

Thanks for any advice - all suggestions welcome!
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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Seems like they just kept adding tar on top instead of digging it out & grading it right
Hard to tell from the pics where you can drain it to

You'll need to dig it out if its over the height of the garage floor


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Would it be more helpful if I posted a photo of the exterior of the building? I guess if it drains, it's going to have to be around to the sides somewhere.
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Ayuh,... Unfortunately, You're bound by the rule that Water, flows downhill...

You can either raise the low spot, or lower the high spot...
Either way, there has to be a sloping grade Away from your garage...
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:35 AM   #5
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Since the water does not accumulate to an extend where it goes into the garage is a good thing. Maybe replacing the dirt section with gravel - allows the water to drain down without being muddy. Or maybe replacing in the dirt area a sump pump kind of setup that moves the water to elsewhere.

As for the slope, not much that can be done without removing the asphalt and regrading, then replacing the asphalt. Unless maybe the area where it scrapes is small and you can take a torch or other heat source to soften the asphalt while reshaping it.
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