Garage doors are a major part of your home’s security. It is mostly in the biggest entrance to the home. As important as it is, there are a lot of things that can prevent your garage door from performing properly. It needs to be maintained and serviced regularly to prevent malfunctions. A homeowner who doesn’t know much about garage door safety and maintenance may end up spending a lot of money on their garage door and it won’t even function effectively.
A lot garage door features are put in place to keep your properties and home from being broken into or vandalized. Learning to keep these features functional ensures your garage door stays safe for you and your family.
Here’s how to keep your garage door safe
#1 Conduct Regular Checks
The number one most common way of keeping just about any machinery in good working condition is conducting regular checks on it. Ask any engineer. Ensure your garage door is in good condition and working properly. Do this by looking it over at least once a month. Since a garage door is in constant use, check for wear and tear. Check the safety features, springs, cables, the lock and other structural parts in the mechanism device.
#2 Unplug the door when not in use for extended periods of time
In situations when the garage door is not in use for extended periods of time such as a vacation, it is a safe practice to unplug it. It is an important safety practice because you will be overriding the remote system and automatic opening controls so the door doesn’t open without restoring it back to power. This will protect children who may be around and avoid accidents when you’re not around.
#3 Test the safety features
From time to time, test the safety features installed in your garage door to ensure they still work properly. For example, test the remote system and the sensors installed to reverse the door movement in case of an obstruction (such as a person or object) in the way. These sensors must respond quickly to prevent accidents and injury.
#4 Hire a skilled garage door technician to conduct regular maintenance
Hiring a skilled garage door technician who can check your garage door for damages and ensure that the door is operating in optimum condition is good safety practice. Sometimes you may observe something odd about the garage door device mechanism, but without the expertise of the technician, you wouldn’t know what you’re looking at. Or how serious it is. These professionals are in the best position to make repairs and replacements without creating more problems for you.
Having a Garage door professional on hand ( or in your contact books) is your first and surest path to garage door safety. They are also great at introducing you to new safety features and devices that you can use on your garage door to avoid problems and keep your personal belongings safe. This is a contact to keep on your phone: Dave Moseley Garage Door Services 856-275-7766.