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Maintenance & Safety Tips for Your Garage Door

Posted on 2015-04-24 by Author admin

Garage door appeal to our home’s exteriors whilst keeping our vehicles safe and secure from burglars and harsh weather conditions. Since garage doors are used daily, we need to ensure that they are functional and safe at all times. As with any mechanical device, there are also potential dangers in operating these doors. Garage doors which are not routinely maintained could malfunction and pose safety risks. They could cause serious injuries or even death if misused or operated with broken or damaged parts. To prevent injuries or accidents, homeowners need a simple maintenance checklist. There are many DIY chores that allow you to maintain the pristine condition of your door. But still, there are numerous technical issues that can be discovered only by an expert technician. Garage door repair Atlanta technicians recommend periodic examination of the doors by experts to prolong the age of the door. So, it is crucial to seek guidance from a professional to make the doors durable and reliable for many years. Here is a list of practical tips and safety precautions to ensure that garage doors are in their proper working order.

  1. Spring balance

If you find some misbalanced springs, call a professional immediately. Door springs are crucial as they help the motor in raising and lowering the door. A door generally weighs of a few hundred pounds. Thus, springs bear a lot of pressure every time during the operation. The door usually seems struggling while its operation due to misplacement of springs. Periodic spring maintenance and professional assistance is crucial for the door to perform effortlessly.

  1. Winter and Summer Care

Doors get affected in both summer and winter season. In winters where snow and thunder storms harm them, in summers hot air affect the doors adversely. You need to acquire weather seals and well-insulated doors as they can help the door withstand any weather condition. Consult your local professionals about door insulation techniques.

  1. Never Place Hands or Fingers between the Sections

Every year, there are reports of injuries wherein homeowners mistakenly place their fingers between door sections as they pull the door down. Always lift or pull the door using suitable handles or gripping points.

  1. Keep Children Away from the Garage

Never allow your children. They should not be allowed inside the garage unless with an adult. Adults should always make sure that their children cannot access the remote and the wall controls that operate the opener systems. Mount wall controls at least five feet from your garage floor and keep remotes out of children’s reach.

  1. Invest in Technology

One way to prevent accidents is to invest in garage door openers that are equipped with photoelectric eye safety beams. These devices, which are installed a few inches from the garage floor, send invisible beams across the garage door’s path. A broken invisible beam could mean an obstruction which prompts the garage door to open. It is an added safety measure that complements the garage door’s built-in, auto-reverse functionality.

  1. Sign Up for Regular Maintenance Service

Over time and because of frequent use, parts and mechanisms can wear out and get damaged, which creates potential safety risks. To prevent accidents and injuries from happening, contact your manufacturer and subscribe to annual maintenance checks and service. They provide safety checks, a thorough inspection and assessment of your garage door’s condition, and will check that the machinery is in proper order by cleaning and lubricating mechanical parts. A good door mechanic will also perform tests to make sure that the sensors, motor and electrical components are running smoothly.

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