Install Garage Door Weatherstripping to Prevent Water Leaks
LESLIE: Mary in Connecticut needs some help out in the garage. What can we do for you?MARY: We have a water problem. When it rains the corner gets wet and it runs along the garage door. It needs some work and I didn’t know if this is something you would look at.TOM: Well, unfortunately, Mary, we can’t come to your house and look at it. (chuckles)MARY: Oh, I see.TOM: But we can give you a couple of tips. There is a piece of weatherstripping that goes at the bottom of the garage door. It’s a very thick, rubbery piece and, typically, when the doors leak it’s because the door is no longer sitting flat on the concrete. Sometimes the doors shift or the floor sags. So the first thing to check is that when you bring your door down does it hit perfectly evenly across the concrete floor. If it doesn’t, it has to be adjusted and sometimes that can be trimmed.The second thing I would do is I would replace the weatherstripping on the bottom of the door because they do need to be replaced every two to three years.LESLIE: Mm-hmm, and they break down often.TOM: Yeah, because of the exposure to the salt and everything else.MARY: Exactly.TOM: It’s not a big deal to replace it. You sort of have to have the door about half way up and, typically, it’s nailed in place. It’s a very thick, rubber gasket that goes on the bottom of it. It’s not too hard to do.