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Hi folks,
I have a neighbor who had her driveway removed and replaced due to cracks in the original one.

The original driveway had an "apron" that sloped down slightly from the level of the garage floor. The balance of the driveway then sloped towards the street.

The replacement driveway "apron" is actually slightly higher than the garage floor and when it rains the garage has a small puddle inside one side of the garage door....this has never happened before.

The contractor doesn't seem to know what to do to fix the situation. He has suggested that he could cut a 1 & 1/2 inch wide by 3 inch deep piece out of the 4 inch depth of the apron, close to the bottom of the garage door, thus forming a trough for the rain water to flow down to the lawn. (I don't think the driveway is graded higher at the house/garage juncture and lower at the lawn/garage juncture, therefore it seems to me the only rainwater that would be flowing would be what overflows out of the top of the trough and why wouldn't that flow right back into the garage????) He would cover the surface level with a plastic mesh. He told my neighbor that this is commonly done around swimming pools.

Does this sound like a good idea? Who could this lady contact to find some suggestions to resolve the problem? A building permit was not required by our City. This treatment would leave only a 1 inch base to the concrete at the edge of the garage. We live in So. Calif, so ice isn't a problem.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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