Applying a good quality garage floor coating can work wonders to protect the concrete floor surface and also make it much safer to work on. But some people don't understand the limitations of these products. They will not seal water out that is coming into the garage.
Water seepage through the floor up is a problem that many people have in the winter resulting in a water puddle in the garage. The question is whether applying the flooring will assist in preventing the infiltration of water through the slab. This is a very common problem, you also see it in foundations and even inside a main living area where it can do a lot of damage to household items. The reason for this infiltration of water is a high groundwater level or an artesian well.
A high water table is the terminology used to explain the water surface that you can find when digging in the ground. As though by magic, have you ever dug a hole and then had it overflow with water? This is the work of the water table which is the degree to which the water line equalizes and will move higher and lower as the seasons advance. This makes sense because if you have a lot of rain there will be plenty of moisture in the soil to keep it up, but if it does not rain for months you would expect the level to go down. A swamp is only ground with a very high water level. If your garage floor is lower than the water table height, then the pressure of the water when trying to recover its desired level will force it up through any cracks or weak points in the concrete.
The other common cause, an artesian well, is similar but the water is not placed evenly through the soil as with the water table problem. Instead there is a path for water to be moving underground and it just happens to be driving to the surface through your garage. "Artesian well" is a term that means the water flows out of the ground under its own pressure. As with the water table problem, the pressure of the water forcing it to rise will cause it to leak through the floor.
Application of a garage floor coating, even a high-end epoxy resin which seals the surface very well, will not hold this water. The pressure force will usually lift the epoxy off of the concrete in spots and drain the water out. The only remedy is to get rid of the water from beneath the slab if you have this problem.
The garage is an important place in the home even though it is not treated that way. To find out how to keep your garage safe and functioning visit us at The Garage Floor Coating Place. We cover everything form garage floor paint to garage heaters.
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