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Don’t Let the Drain Drain You — Simple Solution to Garage Drains

Have you ever noticed that when we are building or remodeling things we tend to make it much much harder than it needs to be. Many parts of the country have drains in their garage floor. Depending on where you are in the country and who your builder is, the drain may be circular or a long rectangle. If you are really lucky they will have sloped your floor towards your drain. In an unrelated side note, the rectangular drain at the front of the garage makes a whole lot more sense than the circular drain in the middle of the garage because who wants a slope into their garage? I digress.

Over the years we have gotten a lot of pictures from people with different elaborate methods of cutting out their floor around the drain and making it look good. We even have people send us suggestions for specific caulks that ‘perfectly match’ the flooring.

Depending on the type of drain you have, there are two really really simple ways to accommodate  for a drain in the center of your floor. If the drain cover has some removable screws, remove them and go purchase screws that are longer. Cut a hole in your mat smaller than the drain cover and screw the cover on through the mat or tile. There are a couple of issues with this method when using mats because you are binding them in one spot on the floor. An even better solution is to mark the location of the drain on the underside of your tile or floor mats. using a 1/4″ spade bit drill holes from the underside in the center area of the drain. Just avoid getting to close to the edge of the drain or water may weep around it.

It is also important to note that many manufacturers like TrueLock Plus and Sport Court (MotorMat) have tiles with holes in them readily available. Garage Flooring LLC is dedicated to helping you find the best product and solutions to all of your garage flooring needs! Simple fixes, like dealing with drains in the floor are just another way we are committed to helping you!