I am in Upstate NY.
My front yard is somewhat higher than my garage. When I bought the house
water would flow in and "flood" the garage. Well, an inch in the front and
less in the back; still it wasn't good. I drilled some holes in the floor
and that helped, but not enough.
I had a new driveway put in 15 years ago. They said they couldn't put an
actual drain it because it would just disintegrate, but they would put a low
point in near the garage, and have it drain to one side where it was a bit
lower. It worked to a degree, until the low spot got to be like a pond, and
then the garage flooded again.
I had some landscaping done and put a drain in the low spot.
The problem is pretty well solved now, except that water still pools in low
spots in the driveway, and that seems to be causing it to fall apart. The
low spots are a combination of the swale they put in to divert the water and
ruts from where the tires go; for some reason the ruts are only evident
around the swale, maybe the driveway is thinner there?
My wife is nagging me to put in a new driveway because the 15 year old one
is getting pretty rough.
1) Is it reasonable to extend the drain I have right next to the driveway to
put it in the driveway. It would work much better, but the last guy told me
it couldn't be done. Yet I have seen driveways with drains in them; so
either he is wrong, or I just haven't seen them after they fail.
2) Is concrete an option? I rarely see it around here; is that because it
is not suited for the climate or what? I presume it would hold up better