Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25
  1. Back To Top    #1
    Silver Member

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    87
    NDA Points
    3,410
    NDA Level
    24
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 30
    Given: 219

    keeping garage floor dry

    Hey all, my 1 stall attached garage is insulated but not heated. My wife parks her van in it and the snow melts off and pools on the floor. Any ideas on how to keep the floor somewhat dry? Would a heat source with a ceiling fan cure it?

    0 Not allowed!

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Ultimate VIP Member
    Davey Crockett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Boondocks
    Posts
    4,075
    NDA Points
    39,255
    NDA Level
    87
    Report Entries
    1
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2,956
    Given: 3,110
    A fan might be all you need

    1 Not allowed!
    Life is Good

  3. Back To Top    #3
    VIP Member
    ndwalleyes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Bismarck, ND
    Posts
    783
    NDA Points
    27,741
    NDA Level
    72
    Report Entries
    6
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 935
    Given: 428
    I had the same issue.

    Bought one of these https://www.amazon.com/AutoFloorGuar.../dp/B015OZ7BMK

    Best damn thing in the world and they come in different sizes or custom sizes.

    1 Not allowed!

  4. Back To Top    #4
    VIP Member
    luvcatchingbass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    SE ND.
    Posts
    1,307
    NDA Points
    262,355
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    3
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,847
    Given: 4,951
    Classifieds
    1
    Heat source can help and a fan as well, won't cure all of it but most and can be a slow process at times. I have the same issue and normally just use a fan or two, the one thing I have noticed is every once in a while I need to open a window when it seems like it isn't working that good and I am sure it is just to let some of the humidity out.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I like that mat idea ndwalleys has

    1 Not allowed!

  5. Back To Top    #5
    VIP Member
    martinslanding's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    eastern half of ND
    Posts
    1,238
    NDA Points
    117,085
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    4
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,549
    Given: 144
    Classifieds
    1
    our old garage did not have a floor drain and I battled melting snow all the time... I found by placing a fan or too close to the ground really helped dry it out faster ... even now with a heated garage and floor drain I still run a fan on the floor...this is one similar to what I use:

    Name:  fan.jpg
Views: 767
Size:  87.4 KB

    3 Not allowed!
    Disclaimer: “This email and any attachments may be subject to disclosure to a third party upon request under North Dakota open records laws.”




  6. Back To Top    #6
    Gold Member

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Little Minnesota (Fargo)
    Posts
    153
    NDA Points
    10,560
    NDA Level
    44
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 131
    Given: 67
    I have an insulated garage and heated with no floor drain. I run a dehumidifier which I feel does more than a fan. I will empty out close to a gallon of water a day after it snows and two vehicles in the garage. Buy a floor squeegee to push out the snow and water from time to time as well. Those floor mats look neat

    1 Not allowed!

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Premium Member

    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Posts
    305
    NDA Points
    10,325
    NDA Level
    43
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 257
    Given: 31
    Classifieds
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by aron View Post
    I have an insulated garage and heated with no floor drain. I run a dehumidifier which I feel does more than a fan. I will empty out close to a gallon of water a day after it snows and two vehicles in the garage. Buy a floor squeegee to push out the snow and water from time to time as well. Those floor mats look neat
    A dehumidifier will really spin the meter and raise your electric bill a lot.

    2 Not allowed!

  8. Back To Top    #8
    Premium Member
    BDub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Bismarck
    Posts
    685
    NDA Points
    25,445
    NDA Level
    69
    Report Entries
    3
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 594
    Given: 1,810
    I use a fan and a squeegee. Not a fan of water tracked in the house. The dogs don’t need wet paws when going out. Someday a garage heater and squeegee.

    1 Not allowed!

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Silver Member

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    55
    NDA Points
    7,970
    NDA Level
    38
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 32
    Given: 9
    I find it works best to keep the cars parked outside. Garage parking is for pussies!

    2 Not allowed!

  10. Back To Top    #10
    Gold Member

    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    196
    NDA Points
    3,550
    NDA Level
    24
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 75
    Given: 0

    Clean park

    https://www.garageflooringllc.com/cl...il-garage-mat/

    Work great, I think we have 22' for Yukon XL

    1 Not allowed!
    Last edited by wslayer; 12-05-2018 at 07:51 PM. Reason: Additional info

  11. Back To Top    #11
    Ultimate VIP Member
    Sum1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Bismarck
    Posts
    1,523
    NDA Points
    7,763
    NDA Level
    37
    Report Entries
    1
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,654
    Given: 1,247
    I had this same problem. A squeegee and the biggest thing is I left one of the windows open just a crack. That window makes all the difference in the world. Even when the temps are way below freezing. Just that little bit of air moving helps tremendously.

    1 Not allowed!

  12. Back To Top    #12
    VIP Member

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    816
    NDA Points
    4,658
    NDA Level
    28
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 858
    Given: 270
    Ceiling heater, or hanging heaters with fans are more out of the way but a down draft heater on the floor is better for drying in my experience. Blows the hot air down at floor level which really helps drying. In most cases getting rid of the moisture is the biggest issue.

    1 Not allowed!

  13. Back To Top    #13
    Premium Member

    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    320
    NDA Points
    4,045
    NDA Level
    26
    Report Entries
    1
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 106
    Given: 230
    Classifieds
    1
    Heat, fŕn and a dehumidifier works for me. I do mop as much as I can.

    1 Not allowed!

  14. Back To Top    #14
    Ultimate VIP Member
    KDM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Valley City
    Posts
    3,497
    NDA Points
    332,204
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    58
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 9,843
    Given: 3,140
    Classifieds
    2
    A fan and some scrap cardboard under the car works wonders great for us. Replace the cardboard as necessary.

    1 Not allowed!

  15. Back To Top    #15
    Premium Member
    Up Y'oars's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Bismarck
    Posts
    596
    NDA Points
    18,007
    NDA Level
    58
    Report Entries
    23
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 506
    Given: 786
    Used ceiling fan = $15

    Retail products (mat, dehumidifier, etc.) = $40+ $200 + $30

    I've never had a floor drain in the past, so having one now makes it all understandable. The snow melts and flows toward the drain and I have time for beer.

    1 Not allowed!

  16. Back To Top    #16
    Ultimate VIP Member
    Lycanthrope's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Bismarck
    Posts
    1,906
    NDA Points
    55,753
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    8
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,457
    Given: 2,670
    IF its small amounts of water, a hammer drill might be all you need. Cement should be pourd on top of sand or crushed rock, a little water would likely go unnoticed and soak in ground underneath without any issues. Sounds like it shouldnt be cold enough in there to cause the ground under the cement to freeze, which could cause problems if there was much water in it. (dont sue me if your garage disappears into a sinkhole 10 years from now...)

    2 Not allowed!
    Last edited by Lycanthrope; 12-06-2018 at 10:34 AM.

  17. Back To Top    #17
    Ultimate VIP Member
    guywhofishes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Little Minneapolis, ND
    Posts
    8,603
    NDA Points
    197,492
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    2
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11,470
    Given: 11,053
    Classifieds
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by wby257 View Post
    A dehumidifier will really spin the meter and raise your electric bill a lot.
    in reality that dehumidifier is generating heat to run. So you're just heating a little bit extra with electricity. Same with lights. No "wasted" energy in reality.

    Also - cracking windows to lower humidity is equivalent to running a dehumidifier - because you're purposefully venting humid warm air to lower the overall humidity.

    So unless you physically remove the water with a drain, cardboard, etc.... it's going to cost energy ($$$) to deal with it.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I've thought about installing a "sump" with a saw or jackhammer - but my floor isn't properly sloped for there to be a clear cut location.

    Or I would install one (with no drain) with a grate - and use a shop vac to empty it once a month or whatever.

    Draining down into the gravel makes me leery - not liking saltwater down there for some reason. (corrosion of rebar/mesh)

    I know the rebar/mesh should be IN the floor - but....

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think I'm going to buy a dehumidifier with a hose attachment - and drain the salt-free humidifier water through a hole in the floor into the base material with a hose.

    Thanks for the inspiration Lyc.

    - - - Updated - - -

    (attached garage with heater - no freezing under the slab)

    3 Not allowed!
    True freedom is not the ability to do whatever one wants or as one pleases without restraint, rather, true freedom is the ability to do what one ought to do.

  18. Back To Top    #18
    Ultimate VIP Member
    DirtyMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Bismarck, ND
    Posts
    5,437
    NDA Points
    462,994
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    30
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 8,583
    Given: 7,715
    Classifieds
    1
    I have a garage floor that slopes toward the back of the garage. I try to mitigate the issue with a couple of fans. One runs constantly to help circulate heat but it will still hit the cabinets and work bench if its a significant amount of slush on each vehicle. I don't need to get much air exchange as the dogs run in and out of the dog door all day long. I'm just biding my time until we get into a different house with all the previously mentioned garage necessities.

    2 Not allowed!
    <img src=http://nodakangler.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=229&dateline=1429714759 border=0 alt= />
    NPAA #939

  19. Back To Top    #19
    Ultimate VIP Member
    guywhofishes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Little Minneapolis, ND
    Posts
    8,603
    NDA Points
    197,492
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    2
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11,470
    Given: 11,053
    Classifieds
    1
    Once air is saturated with water vapor fans don't do $hit - they're just pushing water-saturated air around.

    2 Not allowed!
    True freedom is not the ability to do whatever one wants or as one pleases without restraint, rather, true freedom is the ability to do what one ought to do.

  20. Back To Top    #20
    VIP Member
    martinslanding's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    eastern half of ND
    Posts
    1,238
    NDA Points
    117,085
    NDA Level
    100
    Report Entries
    4
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,549
    Given: 144
    Classifieds
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by guywhofishes View Post
    in reality that dehumidifier is generating heat to run. So you're just heating a little bit extra with electricity. Same with lights. No "wasted" energy in reality.

    Also - cracking windows to lower humidity is equivalent to running a dehumidifier - because you're purposefully venting humid warm air to lower the overall humidity.

    So unless you physically remove the water with a drain, cardboard, etc.... it's going to cost energy ($$$) to deal with it.

    I ran a Portable Infrared Quartz Space Heater(see below) along with my fan, on an attached insulted garage ... this worked fairly well, with little difference in energy bill ... at times during lots of snow and slush accumulation I would also run dehumidifier...this was a noticeable spike in energy bill however it was also the most effective method for heating and removal of moisture .... 90% of the time I just ran the fan and things were fine

    Name:  Portable Infrared Quartz.jpg
Views: 298
Size:  39.9 KB

    1 Not allowed!
    Disclaimer: “This email and any attachments may be subject to disclosure to a third party upon request under North Dakota open records laws.”




Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


About Nodak Angler

    NodakAngler is a community of outdoors enthusiasts. Our primary focus is to provide a great place for North Dakota sportsmen to gather, discuss, and participate. All are welcome.

Business & Contact

Follow us on

Facebook Instagram Twitter