The garage drain covers you will find at Home Depot consist of cast iron. Cast iron may sound like a strong choice, but unless you’re planning on cooking steaks on your garage floor, it should probably stay in the kitchen.
These drain covers will start to rust quickly under the pressures of Ohio weather. Issues like corrosion, chipping, expansion, and discoloration can also damage the surrounding floor. This means you will not only have to keep replacing the cover, but you will have to spend even more repairing your floor.
Rust Leads to Disaster
At first, rust doesn’t feel like it needs your immediate attention. Sure, it looks a little unsightly, but that is nothing compared to the other problems it will cause. Before you know it, you will have a stack of receipts for flooring repairs and drain cover replacements.
When a Home Depot drain cover rusts over, it blocks the entrance for water and other fluids to your drainage system. Now, all it will take is a rainy day to flood your garage. This will invite mold and mildew to form in your garage and cause nearly irreparable damage to the concrete and your belongings.
You’re probably thinking, “Okay, I’ll just pull it out,” but you might be in for a surprise. When you start pulling, it feels stuck. You pull a little harder, and the drain cover falls apart, dropping directly into your drainage system. It is out of reach, and you’re back at square one. However, you now have to pay a plumber to fix your drainage system and spend more money than you ever expected.
A Home Depot Drain Cover Just Won’t Fit!
This might seem a non-issue in comparison to the others, but sizing is still a major problem. Floor drain covers from Home Depot go adopt a one-size-fits-all design, but this simply does not work for garage drains.
If you get one that’s too small, it will jiggle around and chip the concrete. Or, it will just fall into the drainage system. The plumber might as well have you on a weekly schedule at this point.
If it’s too big, it will stick out and create a tripping hazard. Or, you will force it in, so when rust and expansion start, it will do major damage to the surrounding concrete. Now, you need to repair your floor and a crowbar to remove the rusty drain cover.
Steel Drain Covers Are the Way to Go