Take a moment to imagine, it’s the holiday season, and you pull into your driveway after a long grocery trip gathering all the essentials to cook a feast for the family that will soon be visiting. You tap the button on your garage door opener, running through a mental to do list of everything that needs to be done in the next couple of hours, expecting to be able to pull right into your garage, just like you always do. This time, however, the garage door doesn’t open. Now, on top of everything else on your plate, you have to handle a broken garage door.
Nobody needs this stress at any time of year, however, having it happen during the holidays is even more of a hassle to deal with. If you do happen to experience this unfortunate situation, don’t fret. At Sun City Garage Doors, we have 24/7 emergency services available. It’s always best to not even have a disaster strike, however, so let’s discuss how to prevent this kind of emergency from ever happening in the first place, though.
DO YOUR PART
It is always the smartest decision to hire a professional when it comes to the installation, maintenance, and repair of your garage door, however, there are minor precautions that you can take in order to lengthen the life of your door, help prevent disasters, and to notice quicker when an expert may be needed.
Look and Listen
On a consistent basis, you should inspect your garage door and pay attention to how your entire system is operating, as well as how it sounds while opening and closing. When you regularly look at your door, the opening, springs, and rollers, you can easily notice when something is not working as it should be, and you can take note of potential problems earlier on, possibly preventing them from becoming major issues.
Garages often become storage centers for our extra belongings and knick knacks. Because of this, they can easily become over-packed, and items can spill out from the piles and into the path of your garage door and/or rollers. This may not seem like a big deal, but if this happens, it can end up causing issues with the alignment, and may even end up affecting the operation of your garage door as a whole. Before you close your garage door, you should look around briefly to ensure that the area is free from obstructions.
Keep Clean and Lubricated
Every so often, be sure to inspect the rollers and the spring of your garage door. Ensure that these are clean and lubricated, without an excess buildup of grease or grime. These should not be completely dry, as dry patches and rust can cause issues in the future.
Last, but certainly not least, is to keep an eye on the spring tension. Though hiring a professional for a full spring inspection is the best practice, you can always keep an eye on things to monitor the condition. If you notice your garage door opener seems to be straining more than it used to, it might be time to have your springs inspected.
When it comes down to it, if you are unsure of what to do or how to keep your garage in the best condition, give us at Sun City Garage Doors a call. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to being able to access your home and garage. Let us know what we can do for you today!