Garage doors cause about 20,000 – 30,000 deaths and injuries in the U.S. each year. Sadly, they also cause fatalities, and many of their victims are small children. While garage doors are typically beneficial for your home by providing security, convenience, and even aesthetic appeal, it’s essential that you and your family are aware of general safety rules regarding garage doors so that you don’t become a statistic. A knowledgeable technician can work with you on all aspects of garage door service, safety, and maintenance to ensure that you and your family are safe from garage door-related harm.
Garage Door Maintenance
In addition to garage door installation, one of the top services we offer for your home is garage door maintenance. Your garage door may need routine maintenance at any given time, and it will also be due for scheduled maintenance over time. Regardless of whether the door’s maintenance is planned or unintentional, we have you covered. We will put your garage door through a thorough 25-point inspection to make sure the door is safe and working properly. The garage door will get checked inside and out for proper appearance and normal function.
What Does Garage Door Maintenance Include?
Our top-notch garage door inspection program covers the basics of your garage door’s operation and more. Regular service ensures that all components of the door, including the hinges, tracks, springs, and even components such as the garage door opener, are in good working condition. We also check the panels, which act as the glue that holds the garage door together. Through regular maintenance, we can make sure that all the garage door parts are working well and do not pose a safety hazard.
What Does a Garage Door Inspection Include?
A garage door inspection includes several different elements:
- Visual inspection
- Door balance
A visual inspection of the garage door means that our technicians check the cables, springs, pulleys, and rollers. This allows technicians to quickly determine if the garage door’s parts are working properly or if they need to be replaced or repaired.
Along with performing a visual inspection, our technicians will also lubricate the garage door’s components as necessary. The garage door is lubricated using a silicone-based spray, which reduces the amount of wear and tear that the various components of the garage door face each time it is used. Applying lubrication also helps with any excess noise caused by the garage door, including squeaking and grinding. Sometimes, problems that you think might be serious can actually be corrected simply by applying more lubricant. Lastly, a technician will perform a balance test on your garage door. The balance test checks if the door lifts with little resistance or effort. If the door is more difficult than usual to operate, you may need to repair or adjust various components. If changes are necessary, a technician will let you know more about the improvements that should be made and the associated cost.
Perform Your Own Inspection
While a professional can spot any issues with your garage door, there are also some problems that you can detect on your own. By giving your garage door a glance periodically, you can see if there are damaged pulleys, frayed cables, and worn seals. If the garage door opens or closes faster or more slowly than usual, or if it does not sound quite right, it’s time to call in the professionals. To perform a simple inspection:
- Make sure the door is closed first.
- Pull down on the emergency release cord.
- Lift the door open halfway and release. The door should not go anywhere during the test.
What are Safety Sensors?
Safety sensors are features on modern doors that help prevent accidents. They are also required by law on every garage door as of 1993. Safety sensors use an infrared light beam to detect motion. If something interferes with the light beam, they should stop the door from moving. It’s essential to ensure the sensors are working correctly to avoid tragic mishaps.
Safe garage door installation and maintenance is what we are all about. If you have questions about your garage door’s safety or you want an inspection to make sure everything is working properly, contact us at your earliest convenience for assistance.