A couple of years ago I bought a house that was built around 1960. It is a brick ranch house with a 1 car garage built in to the house.
The problem is that the garage floor does not have a drain. This means that when I park a wet car in the garage (snow or rain) the water drips on the floor and it will puddle in low spots against the walls. I wouldn't say that the floor is badly sloped, but the water has to go somewhere and it does have a few places in particular that it pools. Because of this there is some water damage against my wall. The concrete floor is also slightly cracked which may or may not be related.
I know the right way to fix this is to bust up the floor and install a new concrete floor with a drain. However, I'm finding it difficult to swallow that cost considering the garage has been this way for 60 years. I realize that is a bad reason for not changing something, so I'd like some second opinions.
Is this a big problem or an inconvenience? It's been like this for 60 years so what is the harm in letting it continue? Are there other ways to solve this problem that would be more cost effective?
A couple notes...
- The garage is underground and the driveway has 4 foot retaining walls all the way to the street. To properly install a drain I believe I would need to bust up a lot of concrete.
- My only concern is from a safety perspective. I can live with water if it isn't going to affect the structural integrity of my house.
- I am 100% positive that this water only comes in on the car and not through the walls. I parked outside for months and lined the walls with newspaper while my area got a lot of rain. There was no moisture at all when I tested it.