Garage floor drains aren't uncommon, especially in areas with lots of rain or snowfall that needs to drain off once it drips from your car. These drains can sometimes be more prone to clogs, simply because of where they are located. The following tips can help you prevent and repair any clogs in the garage drain.
Tip #1: Keep the garage clean
It's an excellent idea to include garage sweeping in your regular chore rotation. A good time to do this is after yard work, when you already have the push broom out to clean sidewalks. Grass clippings, fallen leaves, and other debris that blows in or is tracked in will otherwise make their way to the drain, which can result in a clog.
Tip #2: Use a fine mesh cover
The drain cover should have a fine mesh cover or a grate with small holes. This will help keep unwanted items from falling into and clogging the drain. The cover should also sit flush to the garage floor so that it doesn't damage your tires or pose a tripping hazard. Finally, always make sure nothing is lying on top of or blocking the drain.
Tip #3: Don't use it for waste disposal
Paint, old fertilizer, and other household chemicals and liquids should never be poured down the floor drain in the garage. Not only could this be illegal in your area, it can also lead to major drain problems. Paint, for example, can dry in the pipe and make a cement-like clog. Instead, dispose of these items at your city's hazardous waste facility.
Tip #4: Plan your mat placement
Garage mats are a common item in some garages. They help add insulation to the floor and they protect the concrete from stains if your car leaks oil. These durable mats also create a water tight seal when placed over your garage drain. When placing mats, either arrange them so they don't block the drain or cut a hole in the mat to reveal the drain.
Tip #5: Try rooting out a clog
A garage drain will either drain to the sewer or septic, or it will drain to a gravel pit below the garage or yard. Either way, rooting out the drain is the only viable option when it comes to removing a clog if one does occur. You can try a handheld rooter tool, such as the one used for indoor drains, but you will likely need to rent a motorized rooter. This is because garage clogs tend to be made up of gravel or dirt, which takes more effort to root out.
For more help, contact a drain cleaning service such as Plumb Care Plumbing.